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CPU

Intel - Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor

(96 Ratings, 4.8 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Intel

Model

Core i5-2500K

Part #

BX80623I52500K

Manufacturer

Intel

Core Count

4

Core Clock

3.3 GHz

TDP

95 W

Series

Intel Core i5

Family

Sandy Bridge

Socket

LGA1155

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 3000

ECC Support

No

Packaging

Boxed

Includes CPU Cooler

Yes

L1 Cache

  • 4 x 32 kB Instruction
  • 4 x 32 kB Data

L2 Cache

2 x 256 kB

L3 Cache

1 x 6 MB

Lithography

32 nm

Simultaneous Multithreading

No

Price History

    Reviews

    vreynold
    • 11 points
    • 35 months ago

    from completed build Spare Parts

    The i5-2500K is an older processor but it is still very capable. I got mine overclocked to 4GHz very easily just by changing its multiplier. I tried pushing it to 4.5 but she wasn't having it. 4.3 seems to be the threshold of stability because sometimes the system will boot and sometimes it won't. I've kept power saving features on however because I like having it wind down to a lower clock when it is idle to save some power.

    Trinergy
    • 10 points
    • 16 months ago

    Overclocks like a champ at 1.3v 4.2Ghz

    redusty
    • 8 points
    • 40 months ago

    from completed build Gaming Baby

    I absolutely love the i5 2500k with this Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard. I don't really strain the OC too much, as it is only 4.1 GHz right now, with about 1.285 vcore. It still performs absolutely amazing in games, and haven't noticed any bottlenecking whatsoever.

    SohanSingh
    • 8 points
    • 28 months ago

    from completed build Decade (first gaming pc)

    slow but ok

    Dm_Lightning
    • 8 points
    • 3 months ago

    from completed build For a Friend

    For an old CPU, it performs exceptionally.

    tehfrr
    • 7 points
    • 23 months ago

    from completed build 2011 Sandy Bridge Build

    This chip is fantastic. Ran from 2011-2017 on a mild OC, and still going strong. I expect it will continue on for some time when I pass this system on.

    delfianto
    • 5 points
    • 30 months ago

    from completed build Gaming Rig Built in 2011

    This is a very solid CPU and one of the best overclocker I ever had, it runs at 4.6GHz with just 1.3 volt. I'm still happy with this CPU as of late 2016, hopefully next year AMD Zen will brings some healty competition in CPU market and price drops as I'm looking to do some upgrades in the upcoming months.

    Black_Volumes
    • 5 points
    • 28 months ago

    from completed build Budget Build (Updataed)

    it can be overclocked to 4.5 stabaly

    BaronMunchausen
    • 5 points
    • 4 months ago

    from completed build Mini Me 2011

    This CPU is..well.. there is no words for it. Maybe it is THE best CPU ever designed. Even today (2019) it still can run so many of the newer games (alas my GPUs are too old). I have it OC to 4.3 for some time now and the CPU just loves it.

    lmhicks101
    • 2 points
    • 16 months ago

    It's a bit old now but it still works and is very stable

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