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

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3DMark06 and Vantage CPU Tests

3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems.  This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance.  Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering.  The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.

Futuremark 3DMark06
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The new Core i5-2500K and Core i7-2600K performed very well in the 3DMark06 CPU benchmark too. Here, only the Core i7 975 and 980X are able to outpace the even the Core i5-2500K and the Core i7-2600K outpaced everything but the 6-core 980X.

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
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3DMark Vantage's CPU Test 2 is a multi-threaded test designed for comparing relative game physics processing performance between systems.  This test consists of a single scene that features an air race of sorts, with a complex configuration of gates. There are aircraft in the test that trail smoke and collide with various cloth and soft-body obstacles, each other, and the ground. The smoke spreads, and reacts to the planes as they pass through it as well and all of this is calculated on the host CPU. 

The more taxing 3DMark Vantage CPU Test 2 put the Core i5-2500K just behind the Core i7-870 and Phenom II X6 1100T, but once again the Core i7-2600K pulls ahead of every other processor with the sole exception being the Core i7 980X.  We should also point out that all of the P67 based motherboards performed at nearly the same level again, as well.

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