Intel Core i7-2600K and i5-2500K Processors Debut

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For our next set of tests, we moved on to some high-resolution graphics benchmarking with 3DMark Vantage (DX10), ET:QW (OpenGL), and Metro 2033 (DX11). For these tests, we've tested a Core i7-2600K powered system outfitted with single, or dual Asus GeForce GTX 570 (SLI) or Radeon HD 6970 (CrossFire) graphics cards in the Asus P8P67 Deluxe motherboard. Due to the fact that these new Core i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge-based processors feature integrated PCI Express lanes, and the graphics cards essentially connect directly to the CPU, we wanted to see how graphics performance and multi-GPU scaling were affected in more GPU bound circumstances.

 


The Asus P8P67 Deluxe with a pair of Asus GeForce GTX 570 cards installed

High-Resolution Gaming: 3DMark Vantage
Taxing the Whole Rig

No problems to report here. Moving from one to two GPUs with a Core i7-2600K and Asus P8P67 Deluxe motherboard resulted in much better performance, with the total score and framerates scaling from between 81% to 93%, using 3DMark Vantage's "Extreme" testing preset.

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Amazing !! Truly amazing , the performance of the 2600k is quite Spectacular. Intel Rocks.

Awesome review, easy to understand, and well laid out...2 Thumbs up.  (brb later with some questions)

Edit: Props for the EFI Bios video demonstration on the ASUS board, that's gonna be a hot seller!!

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damn these CPUs look sexy

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Thanks folks. Marco did kick butt on this one and so did Intel!

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An excellent look at what's new from Intel. Thanks for all of the hard work and attention to details Marco.

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I blindly expect it from Marco now. Not to say that is good, or that his efforts are unappreciated, as that is not at all the case. Marco is just one of the kings of bench marking and product reviews :) Anyway; much like what I said on the mobile side of things, while very impressive I will still be looking at the next Tock before anything would be bought for me personally. I know Intel as always will amaze us on the next one to begin with, there are also things not included on this Tock that I would want. Things such as SATA and USB3 to begin with as well as there new BIOS product and there new COM specification which should be out on the next Tick I thin, and therefore optimized on the Tock as well. Technology is just moving both blindingly fast in at's capabilities today as well as in it's implementation/capabilities as well.

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DAM nice, i love the bios they made. Your hard works paid off Marco, Great Review.

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WOW what  great write-up ! Certainly the one we been waiting for.

I was really amazed to see what Asus did in the Bios & what kinda $$ these are going to be going for.

Thanks Marco !

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Nice read! I'm sure I will have to go back, there was a lot of info there. Msi890fxa-gd75? 990fx? I hope there's a review in order...;-)

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thars alot of info you must have had these for months ill have to read this agin the price is not as bad as i thought it would be but im with rapid1 ill have to wait. has evga made a mobo yet? good artical marco hope you and the family had a great holliday

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dadodgeson:

has evga made a mobo yet?

Yea, the EVGA P67 Classified, but it's strange that they haven't been marketing their P67 line-up.   Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock and Intel have been working hard on promoting their Sandy Bridge motherboards, but EVGA has stayed mostly quiet . One thing I do know and see, is that EVGA's cards are everywhere, so maybe they are cooking up some hot sauce ingredients for 1155 to dazzle @ C.E.S ....

 

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