Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 2400, 2500K, and Core i7 2600K
Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and new Socket 1155 have been the least best-kept secrets of late. Following Intel’s "tick-tock" development strategy, the new chips may be move evolutionary than revolutionary, but they do bring some significant changes to the mix that promise new ways of thinking.
Socket 1156 isn’t that old and now a new 1155 socket is upon us, complete with new CPUs and chipset, and therefore motherboards as well. These motherboards also bring some new and innovative features, not the least of which will be of particular interest to overclocking enthusiasts. We promise Sandy Bridge brings a whole slew of spinoffs and implications, and Intel has also changed the rules of overclocking.
These new Sandy Bridge chips are monsters though, make no mistake. And 1155 is not a step backwards from 1156; in fact, it’s quite a leap ahead in terms of performance. We’ve got locked and unlocked chips, Core i5 and i7 on the bench today: 2400, 2500K, and 2600K. These chips run the gamut of the performance lineup. Oh, and about that overclocking, be sure to carefully read that section, I think some people are in for a sobering realization of what is, and isn’t, possible from now on. Sub-zero cooling is about to go the way of the dinosaur. Say what? Yep.
Read on to find out why, and also just how huge these new processors are.