Taking A Long Look At Intel's Sandy Bridge

Promising Parts Provide Plentiful Ports

The Test Center measured performance of Intel's Core i5 2500K on the new DH76BL motherboard, which lists for $107. With performance and clock speed on par with the six-core Phenom 1100T, the four-core, four-thread 2500K turned in a peak Geekbench score of 10,026, coming close to the 1100T's high score of 10,601. Also in the same ballpark price-wise, Intel's integrated GPU gives it the edge both on cost and on versatility of data processing thanks to Quick Sync, the company's proprietary coder/decoder for acceleration of on-the-fly media conversions.

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