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Intel Core i5-2500K

4
Cores
4
Threads
95 W
TDP
3.3 GHz
Frequency
3.7 GHz
Boost
Sandy Bridge
Codename
Socket 1155
Socket
Front
Front
Intel Socket 1155
Intel Socket 1155
The Intel Core i5-2500K was a desktop processor with 4 cores, launched in January 2011. It is part of the Core i5 lineup, using the Sandy Bridge architecture with Socket 1155. Core i5-2500K has 6MB of L3 cache and operates at 3.3 GHz by default, but can boost up to 3.7 GHz, depending on the workload. Intel is building the Core i5-2500K on a 32 nm production process using 1,160 million transistors. You may freely adjust the unlocked multiplier on Core i5-2500K, which simplifies overclocking greatly, as you can easily dial in any overclocking frequency.
With a TDP of 95 W, the Core i5-2500K consumes a good deal of power, so decent cooling is needed. Intel's processor supports DDR3 memory with adual-channel interface. For communication with other components in the machine, Core i5-2500K uses a PCI-Express Gen 3 connection. This processor features the Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics solution.
Hardware virtualization is available on the Core i5-2500K, which greatly improves virtual machine performance. Programs using Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) will run on this processor, boosting performance for calculation-heavy applications.

Physical

Socket: Intel Socket 1155
Foundry: Intel
Process Size: 32 nm
Transistors: 1,160 million
Die Size: 216 mm²
Package: FC-LGA10

Performance

Frequency: 3.3 GHz
Turbo Clock: up to 3.7 GHz
Base Clock: 100 MHz
Multiplier: 33.0x
Multiplier Unlocked: Yes
TDP: 95 W

Architecture

Market: Desktop
Production Status: End-of-life
Release Date: Jan 9th, 2011
Codename: Sandy Bridge
Generation: Core i5
(Sandy Bridge)
Part#: SR008
Memory Support: DDR3
Dual-channel
ECC Memory: No
PCI-Express: Gen 3, 16 Lanes
(CPU only)

Cores

# of Cores: 4
# of Threads: 4
SMP # CPUs: 1
Integrated Graphics: Intel HD 3000

Cache

Cache L1: 64K (per core)
Cache L2: 256K (per core)
Cache L3: 6MB (shared)

Features

  • MMX
  • SSE
  • SSE2
  • SSE3
  • SSSE3
  • SSE4.2
  • AVX
  • EIST
  • Intel 64
  • XD bit
  • VT-x
  • AES-NI

Notes

This processor comes with an unlocked BCLK multiplier, allowing users to set the multiplier value higher than shipped value, to facilitate better overclocking.