Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge), Gigabyte GA P67A UD4 & 4GB Corsair DDR3 RAM Combo £353.99 @ SCAN - HotUKDeals
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Seems like a great TODAY ONLY deal from SCAN for an unlocked i5-2500 combo.

CPU + Memory + Motherboard Combos

Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, Socket 1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.3GHz, 6MB Cache, 95W, Retail

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4, Intel P67 Express, S 1155, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 2133, SATA 6gb/s, SATA RAID

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.65V

Ends roughly 1pm tomorrow 11/01/2011.

Individual component price comes to £370.

Including free delivery if you are a registered member of AV forums.
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#1
Would like to see an i5-2500K + Asus P8P67 Pro + memory combo as they only have the Asus P8P67 Pro bundled with the i7-2600K at the moment :/


Edited By: Vegeta on Jan 10, 2011 14:39: .
#2
Judging by the gushing reviews of Sandy Bridge CPUs, this is a lot of upgrade power for not that much. Heated.
#3
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/pimg/MB-317-GI_34741_400.jpg

Some details on the motherboard.

CPU: Supports 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors in the LGA1155 package
- Chipset: Intel® P67 Express Chipset
- Memory: 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory, Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory module, Support for non-ECC memory modules, Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
- Audio:. Realtek ALC892 7.1-channel HD
- LAN: 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
- Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16), 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8), 3 x PCI Express x1 slots, 2 x PCI slots
- GPU Support: Support for ATI CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology
- Storage Interface Chipset: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors, Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
- Marvell 88SE9128 chip:. 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices, Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1
- USB: Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, 2 x Renesas D720200 chips: Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 on the back panel, 2 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
- Back I/O:1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector, 1 x optical S/PDIF Out, connector, 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports, 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports, 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s ports, 1 x RJ-45 port
8. 6 x audio jacks
- Bundle Software: Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
- Form Factor: ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

Edited By: shadow_boxer on Jan 10, 2011 14:35
#4
Sulphur Man
Judging by the gushing reviews of Sandy Bridge CPUs, this is a lot of upgrade power for not that much. Heated.


Yeah completely agree with this. Its a relatively small outlay for such a big bang for buck in terms of processing power. Only disadvantage is the lack of full bandwidth multi gpu support, but for 90% of users this really isn't an issue. Sandy Bridge overclocks superbly and it should be very easily to get it up to 4.5GHz prime stable for 24/7 use!

PS. I think the board looks fantastic.
banned#5
Vegeta
Would like to see an i5-2500K + Asus P8P67 Pro + memory combo as they only have the Asus P8P67 Pro bundled with the i7-2600K at the moment :/



just go with the cpu + motherboard combo for £311.99 and add the ram, looks like they've increased the price of the 2500k and 2600k by ~£6 as the 2500k was ~£176 last night(now ~£182)) and the 2600k was ~£258 last night(now ~£264).

edit: the 2600k has gone up even further to ~£275

Edited By: fowler002 on Jan 11, 2011 18:48: 2600k price increase
#6
I think you're better off saving yourself a few bob and getting a 2400 and H67 chipset board. Much faster video transcoding using the "Quicksync" feature which isnt available on the P67 boards. As for overclocking, who needs it when the chips perform as they do?

A 2400 + decent H67 + 4GB RAM can be had for £275 using the same retailer. Think I'd rather have the £75 in my pocket and forego overclocking myself, plus faster video transcoding!
#7
shadow_boxer
[quote=Sulphur Man]Only disadvantage is the lack of full bandwidth multi gpu support, but for 90% of users this really isn't an issue.

Any chance you can explain what this means in lay mans terms? Do all Sandybridge CPUs have this problem? Cheers.
banned#8
kainekainekaine
shadow_boxer
[quote=Sulphur Man]Only disadvantage is the lack of full bandwidth multi gpu support, but for 90% of users this really isn't an issue.


Any chance you can explain what this means in lay mans terms? Do all Sandybridge CPUs have this problem? Cheers.


I'm no expert but that's more a limitation of the p67/h67 chipset on the motherboard rather than the processor themself, the pci-e x16 slot gives the full x16('lanes) when you have a single graphics card but if you go crossfire/sli is x8(pci-e slot 1)/x8(pci-e slot 2) I'm not sure what happens with tri/quad sli and crossfire x. the p55(s1156) had the same issue but x58(s1366) didn't have that issue. depending on the motherboard the manufaturer(asus, gigabyte etc) may use a 3rd party controller to overcome the limit, but will be on their top of the rang gamers/overclocking motherboards.
#9
Nobull
Much faster video transcoding using the "Quicksync" feature which isnt available on the P67 boards. Think I'd rather have the £75 in my pocket and forego overclocking myself, plus faster video transcoding!

So quicksync depends on the motherboard? Its not down to the actual CPU? Anyone know if the GPU on the CPU still works when using say a radeon 6850 is combined with it? Or do you lose the video transcoding abilitys when using a seperate GFX card? Cheers.

Edited By: kainekainekaine on Jan 10, 2011 16:34: Edit
#10
As far as I know, Quicksync doesn't work if you don't use the onboard gpu in the cpu:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/9

So therefore, if you buy a P series board, which has no support for the onboard intel gpu, then your SOL if you planned on using Quicksync.

Edited By: Glix on Jan 10, 2011 18:44
#11
Still don't get the point on these mid range K cpus.

Makes no sense, they have on-die gpus that wouldn't be used by a gamer.
They are more expensive by £20.
You wouldn't want to overclock the cpu if your using the on-die gpu.

Remind me, why would you want to overclock if your doing office tasks or the youtube vids when the cpu has turbo boost (which pretty much defeats in the point in constant overclocks)?

Wasn't the point that the cpu is more power efficient which an overclock would wipe out?

/rant over sorry :)
bleh ignore my ramblings :D
#12
Glix
Still don't get the point on these mid range K cpus.

Makes no sense, they have on-die gpus that wouldn't be used by a gamer.
They are more expensive by £20.
You wouldn't want to overclock the cpu if your using the on-die gpu.

Remind me, why would you want to overclock if your doing office tasks or the youtube vids when the cpu has turbo boost (which pretty much defeats in the point in constant overclocks)?

Wasn't the point that the cpu is more power efficient which an overclock would wipe out?

/rant over sorry :)
bleh ignore my ramblings :D

Im not into quicksync not working if you use another gfx card either. I really wouldnt want to use the onboard gfx with a cpu this powerful but its quicksync feature would have been nice. This seems like a technology more useful for laptops/HTPCs. The DRM and killswitch technology is not a path I want to go down either or encourage. Will see what AMD come up with over next few months.
#13
Glix
Still don't get the point on these mid range K cpus.

They are hardly mid-range; have you seen the performance and over-clocking of these!

Glix
Makes no sense, they have on-die gpus that wouldn't be used by a gamer. They are more expensive by £20.

For £20 extra you can over-clock a lot more so well worth it if you take that route.

Glix
You wouldn't want to overclock the cpu if your using the on-die gpu.

Why not? The vast majority of software is not accelerated by having a dedicated GPU but will appreciate a faster CPU.

Glix
Remind me, why would you want to overclock if your doing office tasks or the youtube vids?

If you don’t want to over-clock then buy the cheaper non K versions; it’s that simple.

Glix
why would you want to overclock when the cpu has turbo boost (which pretty much defeats in the point in constant overclocks)?

TurboBoost doesn’t increase clock speed much when all the cores are loaded so over-clocking will give you a very large gain in that scenario.

Glix
Wasn't the point that the cpu is more power efficient which an overclock would wipe out!

The Sandy Bridge platform is much more power efficient when over-clocking than typical. Idle power consumption is very slightly worse but the power efficiency at load is actually improved.

Glix
/rant over sorry :)bleh ignore my ramblings :D

:p
banned#14
so tempted to order the 2500k + asus p8p67 pro mix it bundle and Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel for £350.53(+ £8 delivery if you don't get free delivery which I do).

only thing is I've spent so much over the last couple of months(amazon black friday deals ~£200(which included ~£135 on dvd(small ville season 1-9 and poirot complete series)+blue-ray(heroes complete season 1-4) sets, should not have bought them), wii+ 2 games(£125), 4th gen 32gb ipod touch £216(shouldn't have got as already have a 1st gen, should have waited), new graphics card(msi 5850 twin frozr ii) £125 those are just the big spends but there are other stuff as well) and have several hundred to spend on my car coming up(car insurance due in 6-7days, service+mot & break down cover renewal due in march) with no job.

also trying to decide if the 2600k is worth the extra £90 over the 2500k.
banned#15
shedloads
fowler002
so tempted to order the 2500k + asus p8p67 pro mix it bundle and Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel for £350.53(+ £8 delivery if you don't get free delivery which I do). only thing is I've spent so much over the last couple of months(amazon black friday deals ~£200(which included ~£135 on dvd(small ville season 1-9 and poirot complete series)+blue-ray(heroes complete season 1-4) sets, should not have bought them), wii+ 2 games(£125), 4th gen 32gb ipod touch £216(shouldn't have got as already have a 1st gen, should have waited), new graphics card(msi 5850 twin frozr ii) £125 those are just the big spends but there are other stuff as well) and have several hundred to spend on my car coming up(car insurance due in 6-7days, service+mot & break down cover renewal due in march) with no job.also trying to decide if the 2600k is worth the extra £90 over the 2500k.


It's early days for these processors but uniquly their price premium is cheap as chips. Looking at the reviews then the 2600k is leaps and bounds better than the 2500k. Normally I would say buying cutting edge technology is best left to others who can afford to subsidise it but the 2600k is not targeted at the rich and is good value.


which reviews as the one i've seen(bit-tech) the 2600k is better but not leaps and bounds, in some cases the 2500k comes out ahead of the 2600k.
#16
Agharta

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Glix
/rant over sorry :)bleh ignore my ramblings :D

:p


Yeah they are still mid range, and of course they are faster than today's i7's range. Let's face it, AMD haven't exactly been on the ball.

We are now waiting on another socket to replace the 1366.

I would have liked the K series to completely cut out the on-die gpu, that could have shaved off the £20 :), ok I'll be realistic, £5 :p


ok ok £1.
#17
fowler002
shedloads
fowler002
trying to decide if the 2600k is worth the extra £90 over the 2500k.
Looking at the reviews then the 2600k is leaps and bounds better than the 2500k.
which reviews as the one i've seen(bit-tech) the 2600k is better but not leaps and bounds, in some cases the 2500k comes out ahead of the 2600k.

I read quite a few reviews and only a small number of application types showed significant gains with the i7. Unless you are using those I’d say it’s generally not good value to go for the i7. I’d personally go for the i5-2500k and am considering it for a new build. If only Intel hadn’t screwed up on the chipset front. Clowns.
#18
kainekainekaine
Nobull
Much faster video transcoding using the "Quicksync" feature which isnt available on the P67 boards. Think I'd rather have the £75 in my pocket and forego overclocking myself, plus faster video transcoding!

So quicksync depends on the motherboard? Its not down to the actual CPU? Anyone know if the GPU on the CPU still works when using say a radeon 6850 is combined with it? Or do you lose the video transcoding abilitys when using a seperate GFX card? Cheers.


It is down to the CPU but it is not enabled on the P67 boards. Judging from the HExus review, they had a dedicated GPU (6950) in their setup and the Quicksync still kicked in. No mention of them uninstalling the GPU for the particular test where it shows up. I'm awaiting clarification on this though, I'll let you know if/when I find out
banned#19
managed to control my urge to hit the buy button on the 2500k + p8p67 mix it bundle for £311.99, the new today deals don't have that bundle but I guess it'll be back in the future.

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