Intel is certainly on the right path with Sandy Bridge. They used the information gained from both Lynnfield and Clarksdale to build a much better CPU/GPU combination. We are seeing the advantages of a monolithic die design with the CPU and GPU combined, while we also find some of the limitations from both Lynnfield and Clarksdale resolved.
But even taking the GPU out of the picture, Intel has a pretty awesome CPU to offer to the market. I mean, we saw performance increases across the board. True, this is something you would (and should) expect from a new CPU, but the norm has become to show very minor performance gain and hardly ever across all testing categories like this.
Sandy Bridge is a great step in a new direction and one that does not appear to hinder performance for the enthusiast that might not want to use an IGP. We found no problems with running Sandy Bridge on the P67 chipset and a discrete GPU. We hope to take a close look at the HD 2000/3000 and what it brings to the table on the H67 in the very near future. For now we can say that Intel has dropped a serious bomb on the market and it is one that AMD is ill prepared to defend against. This is even more so true when you consider the pricing range.
The Core i7-2600K will sell at $317 (in 1,000 unit lots), while the Core i5-2500K will run for $205. This should put the retail range at $400 for the 2600K and $300 for the 2500K. Both are excellent value for the performance they show.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- New Google Pixel 2 leak: The headphone jack is gone
- Meizu unveils Pro 7: Dual camera, secondary display
- Visceral's Star Wars game on schedule for 2018 release
- The first official pictures of Radeon RX Vega leaked
- AMD Vega 20 with 32GB of HBM2 teased with Vega 10/11/12
- FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler Review
- Fnatic Gear RUSH G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
- Asrock A88M-G/3.1 + A10-7860K = freezes in the idle state
- ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G: Mid-Range On The Cheap
- AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 CPU Review
- Toshiba introduces TR200 SATA retail SSD series with 64-layer 3D flash memory
- Need for Speed Payback takes cars from scrap to stock to supercar in new trailer
- Visbit releases Unity SDK and web VR player for its all-in-one VR streaming service, bringing high quality VR streaming to the masses
- GWENT Gamescom 2017 tournament announced
- Toshiba NVMe SSDs now available with Lenovo's new ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers