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Front view of Intel Core i5 2500K

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Intel Core i5 2500K

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Much more l3 cache 6 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 6 MB l3 cache is just OK
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Front view of AMD Athlon X4 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 940

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AMD Athlon X4 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 940

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor

Features Key features of the Core i5 2500K  vs Athlon X4 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 940 

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 2500K  vs
Athlon X4 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 940 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has virtualization support Yes No

details

Core i5 2500K  vs
Athlon X4 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 940 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 28 nm

power consumption

Typical power consumption 112.55W N/A
Intel Core i5 2500K
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AMD Athlon X4 7th Gen Athlon™ X4 940
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