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Front view of Intel Core i5 2500K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 2500K

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 180 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 1.53 GHz Around 2.2x higher clock speed
Significantly more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.25 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.98 GHz vs 1.76 GHz More than 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,863 vs 462 More than 4x better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better PassMark score 6,383 vs 300 More than 21.2x better PassMark score
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.88 GHz vs 1.53 GHz Around 3.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Front view of AMD Athlon MP 1800+

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AMD Athlon MP 1800+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon MP 1800+ vs the Intel Core i5 2500K.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 2500K vs Athlon MP 1800+

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 2500K  vs
Athlon MP 1800+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 1.53 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
462
563

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i5 2500K  vs
Athlon MP 1800+ 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.25 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 180 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.98 GHz 1.76 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.88 GHz 1.53 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.98 GHz 1.76 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 112.55W N/A
Intel Core i5 2500K
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AMD Athlon MP 1800+
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