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Intel Core i5-2320 Vs i5-2500K

The Charm with the Intel’s Sandy Bridge Core i5-2500K is its overclocking feature. There has been a lot of new desktop launches recently with the Core i5-2320 which is actually not bad, considering it is only 300 MHz or 10% slower than the Core i5-2500K. You will not feel too much performance difference between the i5-2320 until you overclock the i5-2500K.

Another overlooked difference is the integrated graphics. The Core i5-2320 comes with HD Graphics 2000 while the i5-2500K comes with HD Graphics 3000 which. Check out the HD Graphics 3000 Vs 2000 for difference in graphics performance.

Table : Core i5-2320 Vs Core i5-2500K Feature Differences

Feature Core i5-2320 Core i5-2500K
Core Frequency 3.0 GHz 3.3 GHz
No. Of Cores 4 4 ( 4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 6 MB Shared Cache 6 MB Intel Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency 3.3 GHz 3.7 GHz
TDP Rating 95 Watts 95 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 32 nm 32 nm
Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333
Integrated Graphics Intel HD 2000 , Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz HD Graphics 3000, Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.1 GHz


Table : Core i5-2320 Vs Core i5-2500K Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Core i5-2320 Core i5-2500K
PassMark CPU Mark Score
6080 6818
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)  Not available Not available
3D Mark 06 CPU
Not available 6101
Windows 7 Experience Score
Not available 7.6


Some more details of Core i5-2320

The Core i3-2320 bumps up the base and the turbo clock of the i3-2300 by 200 MHz making it more competitive. Other features stay same, including the integrated graphics.

Some more details of Core i5-2500K

The core i5-2500K is the overclockable version of the core i5-2500. It belongs to the second generation Core i5 processor, more popularly known as the Sandy bridge Processor. There have been several improvement over the previous generation core i5 processor, most notable among them is the improvement in the integrated graphics ( x2 performance improvement). The new Turbo 2.0 further boosts the performance. In the lithography improvement the we now have a unified 32 nm die having everything on a single die. The higher passmark score of core i5-2500K with respect to the core i5-2500 only indicates that more samples sent the overclocked 2500K scores

 Further Reading

– Both the processors belong to Sandy Bridge. Check out –  Sandy Bridge Architecture.

– For difference in graphics performance check out HD Graphics 3000 Vs 2000

– If you have more questions join and ask in forum.

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