i5-2500K and i7-2600K are the previous generation Intel processors
most of you do NOT use the computer in a way to achieve "the very best-case scenario" the reviewer is mentioning
So, let’s say someone puts Core i5-2500K and FX-8150 in front of you. The Core i5 costs $220 bucks, and the FX runs $245. Which one do you buy?
If it’s me, I’m going with the Core i5. I gave the -2500K a Tom’s Hardware Recommended Buy award back in January, and I stick by that recommendation almost a year later.
In the very best-case scenario, when you can throw a ton of work at the FX and fully utilize its eight integer cores, it generally falls in between Core i5-2500K and Core i7-2600K—which is where it should appear all of the time given a price tag between those two most relevant competitors. Sometimes FX manages to outperform the higher-end -2600K, but other times it’s embarrassingly bested by its predecessor in threaded workloads.
Toss a single-threaded app at the processor, though, and it underperforms Intel's three-year-old Core i7-920 running at its stock 2.66 GHz.
The above was true for a while but now the regular price for an AMD FX-8150 is $189(not the crazy $245) and the regular price for an Intel i5 2500K is $219(today it's on sale for $200 ). In my opinion, at their respective prices they are both priced fairly and competitively which in price/performance category makes them equal. If you remove the price point then the best CPU is easily the i5 2500K.
AMD really did themselves a disservice by overpricing this CPU at launch. At least 1/3 of the bad reviews were related to price.
Last edited by 83tnaznav; 09-05-2012 at 10:57 AM..
i guess this is ok... but u can get ivy bridge laptops for around 500 nowadays... just get one of those and plug in an external monitor and u get something thats just as fast with 2 screens and portability.
The Radeon 6450 performs close to a GeForce 9500 GT according to this[videocardbenchmark.net] chart, so don't expect to play any of the latest games with this. Here[anandtech.com] is another chart that shows the video card is on the low end. Also the power supply is only 300W.
Meh - GPU may as well be integrated, no SSD, useless PSU, no Blu-ray drive. Decent $120ish processor is okay but held back by lack of a GPU. Decent price, but crappy parts - the cost to replace them all keeps this from being a good deal IMO.
On a side note I can't see any justification for buying a new AMD-based system these days, *especially* if you're using a dedicated GPU. Cost/value is so much better with Intel these days. The "eight-cores" nonsense is pure marketing; FX-8xxx are really quad cores that are AMD-style hyperthreaded, and in a way that makes them significantly slower than equivalently priced i5s and at par with last-gen Phenom processors. Bulldozer is a stinker.
Last edited by xveganrox; 09-05-2012 at 12:36 AM..
slickdeals must have some super special 10% revenue share with newegg these days for this to be front page. I mean, wtf, this is seriously terrible. CPU is great. Case works. Rest of it is next to trash. With its 1 year "ship it first and recieve it a month later" warranty, this thing is worth $250 tops, with a $75 OS.
Last edited by MeatCatalog; 09-05-2012 at 01:01 AM..
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no troll, no hate, but I suggest stay away from acer, look up squaretrade statistics, Acer and Gateway have highest failure rate.
Grab yourself a Gigabyte or Asus motherboard, a 20$ case and you'll be happy longer than these. Problem with low end desktop is that their motherboards tend to fail more than others, same CPU, RAM, HDD. The power supply might be putting out more voltage from time to time which contributes to killing some micro comoponents within your mobo ( could be resistors) that you can never inspect visually. Result is : you'll be screaming in madness and curse at the computer company when you're out of warranty.
Last edited by phedoblue; 09-05-2012 at 02:07 AM..
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