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Front view of Intel Core i5 2500K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 2500K

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.98 GHz vs 3.99 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3.1 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.88 GHz vs 3.81 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 71.3 °C Almost the same
Front view of AMD A8 7600

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AMD A8 7600

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 112.55W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 41.29 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 110.03 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jul, 2014 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 3 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 2500K vs A8 7600

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 7600
3,177

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 7600
6,014

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 7600
2,062

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2500K
2,530,000 MB/s
A8 7600
1,970,000 MB/s

Cinebench R10 32-Bit

Core i5 2500K
20,381
A8 7600
13,324

Cinebench R10 32-Bit (Single Core)

A8 7600
3,928

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A8 7600
5,126

PassMark (Single Core)

A8 7600
1,541

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 2500K  vs
A8 7600 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 41.29 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 110.03 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 6.79 pt/W 8.09 pt/W
Typical power consumption 112.55W 52.81W

details

Core i5 2500K  vs
A8 7600 
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 28 nm
Operating temperature 5 - 72.6°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.98 GHz 3.99 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.88 GHz 3.81 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.98 GHz 3.99 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Radeon™ R7
Latest DirectX 10.1 11.0
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 720 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-2133
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 34,133.32 MB/s
Intel Core i5 2500K
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