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Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 2400, 2500K, and Core i7 2600K

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Posted January 3, 2011 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards

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Test Setup and Methodology

Because we’re testing chips across various platforms, sockets, and generations, we’ll only focus on computing performance today. There isn’t much point in testing memory bandwidth or gaming framerates in this context because it will be like comparing apples and watermelons since there will be no common baseline. We’ll look at memory and gaming tests in subsequent reviews when we establish and isolate a common baseline and testing platform.

With that out of the way, here is our AMD test setup:

Here is our Intel test setup:

The overclock speeds for each chip in our testing are as follows:

  • Athlon II X4 635 – 3.7GHz (stock 2.9GHz)
  • Phenom II X4 970 – 4.0GHz (stock 3.4GHz)
  • Phenom II X6 1100T – 4.0GHz (stock 3.3GHz)
  • Core i5 750 – 3.8GHz (stock 2.7GHz)
  • Core i7 930 – 3.9GHz (stock 2.8GHz)
  • Core i5 2400 – 3.8GHz (stock 3.1GHz)
  • Core i5 2500K – 4.4GHz (stock 3.3GHz)
  • Core i7 2600K – 4.8GHz (stock 3.4GHz)

The testing included the following software:

  • SuperPi
  • WPrime
  • Sandra
  • 3DMark06
  • Cinebench R10
  • Cinebench R11.5
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • POVRay
  • MediaEspresso 6
  • CPU-Z
  • AIDA64

With that out of the way, let’s move onto the test results.

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