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Intel Readies Core i5-2550K Quad-Core Unlocked Processor

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That isn't how it works. Processors are labeled in thermal/power envelopes or ranges. So anything over 65w is labelled as a 95w processor. Just because the processor says 95w, that doesn't mean it is actually using 95w. It could be using 70w and it would still be labelled as a 95w processor.

The 2550K will likely use more power than the 2500K, it could be 75w while the 2500K is using 70w, both would still be labelled as 95w.

I'm guessing since this isn't even a new stepping that there might be some slight better binning, but to a normal consumer that isn't using extreme cooling it won't make one bit of difference. And with 2500Ks easily doing 4.0GHz all day long, I don't think there is much point to this processor.
Intel is smart. Instead of raising the prices on their current lineup due to a lack of real competition, they change the model number a bit and increase the price. I hope many people buy this over the 2500K. :)
I don't think they are doing it to get people with 2500Ks to upgrade to 2550Ks. The "poor" masses don't upgrade CPUs, and the ones that do upgrade CPUs know that the 2500K with an unlocked multiplier will do the same as this 2550K.

They are releasing the 2550K so that they can basically sell the same product at a slightly higher price to make more money off the poor masses that are just now upgrading to SandyBridge and don't know that there really is no difference and don't know the 2500K can do everything the 2550K can do just by upping the multiplier yourself.
As a 2500k owner these posts sum up my sediments exactly. No point basically and a pure marketing move/money grab. Even if they are better binned chips...why spend more than what I have already spent for it's slightly younger brother. Well played Intel, well played.
 
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These are probably on the same silicon wafer that other 2500ks come from. Intel probably knows where the best dies come from on an array on a wafer. I think they just pick the best locations for these and then up the speed a little. I'm sure there are many current 2500ks out there that are binned just as good as these.

I'm saving my money for i5-3750k.
 

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Intel is smart. Instead of raising the prices on their current lineup due to a lack of real competition, they change the model number a bit and increase the price. I hope many people buy this over the 2500K. :)
Your comment makes no sense!
 
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So, people are hoping for better binned chips?

SB chips are already clocked woefully below their potential. Intel is in no need of binning anything.

At the 2550k pricepoint the 2600k makes much more sense
 
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This as a price rise, disguised as binning. Future 2500K might not OC as well if the good ones are being rebadged.
 
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To make this a worth while chip over the 2500k it either :

1. Needs to be speed binned and overclock and or use less volts
2. Run hyper threading

If it's literally a speed bumped 2500k then it has no purpose.
 

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To make this a worth while chip over the 2500k it either :

1. Needs to be speed binned and overclock and or use less volts
2. Run hyper threading

If it's literally a speed bumped 2500k then it has no purpose.
The whole point of i5s is that they don't run Hyper-threading and have less cache than i7s. And the other two things you mentioned have already been mentioned OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND times this thread. :D

Are you guys forgetting (understandably, this is TPU after all) about the i5 2500? Wouldn't they just be the binned ones?
 
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Everyone I know with a 2500K can clock it easily to 3.8 or 4.0Ghz on stock volts, if not clock it even higher. I don't understand why Intel doesn't release one clocked that high at stock. They run very cool and appear to be stable at that clock, and a stock 3.8Ghz SB 25XX would surely sell like mad. :confused:
I run my i5k stable/24/7 @4.7 without any issues, had it at that since i bought it few mnths back. havent even got that fancy cooler either,just basic single rad liquid etc. @ idle it sits on 20-30c depending on ambient. this version may have even more headroom id predict.
 

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Wanna heat things up? Make a 2600K w/o the iGPU for 299.99$ :D
this minus $50.

What on earth is the point of iGPUs with a processor that fast? Waste of space and money. :mad: :laugh: