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Intel - Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor

( 4.8 Average / 96 Ratings )





Core i5-2500K

Part #


Data Width




Operating Frequency

3.3 GHz



L1 Cache

4 x 32 kB Instruction
4 x 32 kB Data

L2 Cache

2 x 256 kB

L3 Cache

1 x 6 MB


32 nm

Thermal Design Power

95 W

Includes CPU Cooler


Simultaneous Multithreading


Integrated Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 3000

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redusty 8 points 38 months ago
from completed build Gaming Baby

I absolutely love the i5 2500k with this Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard. I don't really strain the OC too much, as it is only 4.1 GHz right now, with about 1.285 vcore. It still performs absolutely amazing in games, and haven't noticed any bottlenecking whatsoever.

vreynold 11 points 33 months ago
from completed build Spare Parts

The i5-2500K is an older processor but it is still very capable. I got mine overclocked to 4GHz very easily just by changing its multiplier. I tried pushing it to 4.5 but she wasn't having it. 4.3 seems to be the threshold of stability because sometimes the system will boot and sometimes it won't. I've kept power saving features on however because I like having it wind down to a lower clock when it is idle to save some power.

delfianto 5 points 28 months ago
from completed build Gaming Rig Built in 2011

This is a very solid CPU and one of the best overclocker I ever had, it runs at 4.6GHz with just 1.3 volt. I'm still happy with this CPU as of late 2016, hopefully next year AMD Zen will brings some healty competition in CPU market and price drops as I'm looking to do some upgrades in the upcoming months.

SohanSingh 8 points 26 months ago
from completed build Decade (first gaming pc)

slow but ok

Black_Volumes 5 points 26 months ago
from completed build Budget Build (Updataed)

it can be overclocked to 4.5 stabaly

tehfrr 8 points 21 months ago
from completed build 2011 Sandy Bridge Build

This chip is fantastic. Ran from 2011-2017 on a mild OC, and still going strong. I expect it will continue on for some time when I pass this system on.

lmhicks101 3 points 14 months ago

It's a bit old now but it still works and is very stable

Trinergy 10 points 14 months ago

Overclocks like a champ at 1.3v 4.2Ghz

BaronMunchausen 6 points 2 months ago
from completed build Mini Me 2011

This CPU is..well.. there is no words for it. Maybe it is THE best CPU ever designed. Even today (2019) it still can run so many of the newer games (alas my GPUs are too old). I have it OC to 4.3 for some time now and the CPU just loves it.

Dm_Lightning 7 points 1 month ago
from completed build For a Friend

For an old CPU, it performs exceptionally.