Intel’s Core i5-655K & Core i7-875K: Overclocked and Analyzed

What I was told a few months ago turns out to be the truth: neither the 655K nor the 875K are build for the extreme overclockers, but for mainstream overclockers who don't want go through the processor of figuring out the basic steps needed for overclocking. To me, a disappointment.

This is another of those situations where we’ve had to make an eleventh-hour conference call with Intel to work out what and who these processors are aimed at. Our initial perception of this launch turned out to be wrong - because we thought we'd see some kind of additional overclocking overhead from the K-series SKUs that would make them stand out from the crowd. Our perceptions changed when Intel told us that they will not be binning these processors in a special way or marketing them at die-hard overclockers, but instead at system builders who can utilize the unlocked core features to provide cheap pre-overclocked systems with minimal fuss. In the same vein, the K-series will allow users to purchase cheap motherboards that don’t need overly complex BIOS options as we only need control of core multiplier ratios and VCore to get a quick and easy overclock. Bearing these aspects in mind, it’s hard for us to be negative about this launch; however, we’d like to see Intel unlock more processors in the future. Out of the two processors Intel have launched today, it's the i7-875K that hits the mark on price. Sure, it's not going to set the world on fire with overclocking records but it does present users who are in the market for an all-round cruncher with a viable alternative to the AMD 1090T and the Intel i7-860 without breaking the bank.


Belgium Massman says:

I'm actually very disappointed about these K-series chips. They are only build to embrace overclocking (read: sell more products) and allow people who don't know how to overclock, to actually overclock.

In my opinion: if you don't know what you're doing, you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. Both Clarkdale and Lynnfield can easily be overclocked using the BCLK. It just requires a bit of will to at least learn the basics.

Norway knopflerbruce says:

What if some sample likes a higher multiplier than stock? If that's the case, this could help. Unlocked > locked, always. But not necessarily something that deserves a huge hype, like this case;)

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