Although Intel has released some super high-end CPUs in the $1000+ range recently, not everyone is looking to spend that much on a system build. On the lower end, the Core i5 series is still offered, with the 2500K leading the way with its 3.7 GHz turbo clock speed which is fully unlocked. However, it doesn’t support HyperThreading, which we know can really help in highly threaded scenarios. For quite a while, the Core i7 2600K has been the high end solution from Intel, with a 3.8 GHz peak speed, HyperThreading, and fully unlocked cores. Since the release of Sandy Bridge E however, Intel has stepped it up with a clock speed increase, which is what we’ll be looking at today. The Core i7 2700K runs at 3.9 GHz peak, with HyperTheading, and an unlocked multiplier.
Just a Speed Bump
For details on what makes Sandy Bridge tick, you will want to read our original Sandy Bridge Review from last year. Because aside from the clock speed increase, there is nothing new to talk about here. What has changed is that we will be comparing it to AMD’s newest CPU architecture Bulldozer. We will also include results from Sandy Bridge E, to show you what a $1000 budget increase will get you.
What is interesting is that for the first time in a long time, we are reviewing a retail sample CPU. We usually only have engineering samples in house for review, so I only like to include overclocking results as a side note near the end of the review. Since overclocking varies so much, especially with non-retail hardware, there was never much I could say in regards to it. However, with this CPU I will be able to test it after overclocking it to 4.8 GHz (the most stable speed this particular chip would run at) and include those results in this review.