Intel Core i7-875K and i5-655K Unlocked Processors

Intel Core i7-875K and i5-655K Unlocked Processors

Today Intel is announcing two new mainstream processor offerings, targeted squarely and overclocking enthusiasts, that feature unlocked multipliers. The new Core i7-875K and Core i5-655K are virtually identical to the standard Core i7-870 and i5-650 from a technical standpoint, but with the right motherboard, users of these new K-series chips will be able to alter their multipliers to increase frequencies, without having to run any other part of the system out of spec...

Intel Core i7-875K and i5-655K Unlocked Processors

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Now, someone is taking cues from competition? Wink Awesome! I would love to get my paws on the 875K sooner than later.

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Good to see Intel creating their own "Black Edition" if you will that is not priced at $1000.

These should sell well, as if Intel did not already own the performance crown in the CPU arena, this seals that debate!!!!!!!

Kudos Intel Yes

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Glad I've been patient with upgrading... the 875 loox very tasty indeed!

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recoveringknowitall:
the 875 loox very tasty indeed!

 

I agree with you,.....the 875K looks nice for the price. I could use one of these on my CyberPower-PC box and move the 870 in it over to replace the i5-750 in the other computer. $350.00 will upgrade both PC's nicely. I would have the i5-750 to sell off and recover some of the $350.00 I spend originally. This really sounds like a plan to me.

This is exactly why I like HotHardware so much, getting the heads-up on all of the newest tech gear is a real bonus.

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Value Core i7 with great power.

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Would love to get one of those under my waterblock and see what it does.

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Nice to see Intel copying AMD for a change. This is especially nice for budget users who want to buy a processor and overclock it so that it gets equivalent performance to one of the higher-performance processors. While I would like to go AMD due to the budget, I'd like to go Intel and get better performance for my new system build if I get the money to do it.

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Yeah, I like budget parts that perform well. The fact is that this one CPU will upgrade two PC's for me and that's nothing to sneeze at. The i7-870 I have already goes to the system with the i5-750 in it now and the i5 is sold. The new i7-875K goes into the CyberPower PC and gets the crap overclocked out of it.

Wheee!!

It's an elegant solution for not allot of money.

 

(i guess I already said this in a previous post) Whoops!

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Love the work Intel is doing!

Also, just to let you guys know, CyberPower is doing 2 giveaway/contest with the Intel 875K CPU! (Check their facebook page)

And just a guess but i think HH's next sweepstakes will be this CPU :P

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The i7 875K is priced right but the i5 655K pricing seems much too high.

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Both are socket 1156 CPUs, I thought the 1366 socket was for the enthusiast crowd. or are the unlocked 1366 chips coming?

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digitaldd:
I thought the 1366 socket was for the enthusiast crowd

Socket 1366 has triple channel memory capabilities and the PCI-E controller is of a more traditional design with a wider bandwidth. SLI and Crossfire work as normal on these sockets.

1156 has dual channel memory and the PCI-E controller embedded onto the CPU. It is X16, but if you add more than one device to the PCI-E bus, it divides the available X16 bandwidth between them making each one run at X8. This impacts video performance, so it's considered to be not a good idea to run Crossfire or SLI with an 1156 board.

The 1156 socket's bandwidth is perfectly functioning with just one card in the system, so the best way to go "balls-out" with them is one very fast card. My i7-870 is a smoking fast CPU and I'm using a 2GB GTX-285 on it. Suffice to say that there are NO cobwebs in this computer. It's a blast to use and a single Video Card solution works just fine for me. An unlocked 870 would be even faster yet, and that's why I want one.

Don't confuse this explanation with poor performance though, this 1156 socket solution is blazing fast and offers up some hearty gaming. I have a i5-750 (socket 1156) that is a good example of a fast little motor scooter too.

You can do more, and go faster with a socket 1366 if you have some extra money to throw at it. Indifferent

EDIT: Additional thoughts,....I just had a look around the web at pre-sales figures for the Core i7-875K and everyone seems to have prices set for this cpu at $550.00 or more, so "the gouge" is definitely gonna be on for this CPU and that draws huge vacuum. (SUX)

EDIT-II: 7/04/2010,..........I was wrong about them price fixing/inflating this CPU, they're available for a decent price all over the place. go figure,........


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If you have a Micro Center near you, the 875 can be had for 299.

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These do look interesting.
 
Put one in the six core category then make it around 3Bills, then we can talk!
 
Not being an overclocker, these don't have much appeal coupled with the price-performance ratio compared to the competition.

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animatortom:
Put one in the six core category then make it around 3Bills, then we can talk!

OK, let's talk,....around three bills and 6 cores is already here.

AMD makes it and you can see it here.

It costs $299.00, ships for free, and has impressive performance reviews. Let me know how you like it,.....

 

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Mm. It's easy to OC Intel Core i7 875k Processor.

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Our comments were a month old and before the 875K was introduced.

We do already KNOW about the 875K though, this site always discusses new hardware and they review it too.

Then, they usually give it away.

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When I was looking at the Cyberpower PC sweepstakes, I wondered why they were using dual channel memory.  Before I thought all i7's were triple channel.  It would be cool to see an Intel BE...OOps, an Intel K chip that supports triple channel memory.

say, a core i7 935K...

but I definitely still hope I win this.

 

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lifeskills:
Intel BE...OOps

Ha-Ha!

I've never used a triple channel setup before. I'll bet it's impressive though, unlocked would be better too. (all in good time)

My i7-870 with 8GB of dual channel memory is also quite respectable and gives 'good game'.

I'm saving for the 875K CPU now. It will replace the i5-750 CPU in the second system.

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I have a triple channel system but ran on dual channel as well on the same system.  There really isn't much noticeable performance difference between the two.  If I ran benches I'm sure I would see some numbers but from day to day use of photoshop, video editing and gaming, dual channel (and 2GB less) on an X58 system didn't really have much of a negative speed disadvantage compared to going from dual channel to single channel.

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I believe you, but if I had two more RAM slots to fill on these two socket 1156 boards, they would have been filled a long time ago. Not because I NEED it, but because it's there,.......(same reason the man climbed the mountain) Ha-HA!

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hehe.

BTW, IIRC that DP55KG has an extra PCIe slot for SLI/Crossfire !

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crowTrobot:
that DP55KG has an extra PCIe slot for SLI/Crossfire

I know that, but the limitation of the P55 chipset throttles the PCI bus down to 8X speeds when you have both slots filled. One card gives you X16 speeds though, hence my preference for single video cards with this, and my other LGA-1156 based system.

Your LGA-1366 based system doesn't do that.

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