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Intel Core i5 2500K Linux Performance

Jan 24, 2011, 14:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

"Earlier this month Intel released their first "Sandy Bridge" processors to much excitement. However, for Linux users seeking to utilize the next-generation Intel HD graphics found on these new CPUs, it meant problems. Up to this point we have largely been looking at the graphics side of Sandy Bridge, and while we have yet to publish any results there due to some isolated issues, on the CPU side its Linux experience and performance has been nothing short of incredible. Here are the first Linux benchmarks of the Intel Core i5 2500K processor.

"The Core i5 2500K is one of the Intel Sandy Bridge processors to launch earlier this month and it's a quad-core part without Hyper Threading that is clocked at 3.3GHz but has a maximum Turbo Frequency of 3.7GHz. The Core i5 2500K is equipped with 6MB of Intel Smart Cache, supports SSE 4.1 / SSE 4.2 and the new AVX extensions, is manufactured on a 32nm process like the other Sandy Bridge CPUs, and has a maximum TDP of 95 Watts. Its current retail price is just above $200 USD.

"As we had not even received this Intel Core i5 CPU until days after its launch, chances are you are already well familiar with the Sandy Bridge micro-architecture from the other publications that received the processors in advance. With that said, in this article we will thus focus upon our primary interest and that is the Linux support and performance."

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