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Old 05-08-12, 11:41 AM Thread Starter   #1
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Why is the i5 2550k not so popular?


I hardly see mention of it around the web. Seems like it would be a good option for overclockers.

Know stability and performance of 2500k, minus the IGP. Considering lots of people use discrete GPU's, it would seem like a no brainer to purchase this over the 2500k.

What am I missing?
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I didnt even knew it existed until a couple weeks ago myself!

What is the point of NOT having an iGPU? What if the discrete card crapped out? Nice to have an iGPU to fall back on for a few dollars more.

It doesnt affect overclocking either so...... 6 of one half dozen of the other is the case to me.

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Old 05-08-12, 11:47 AM   #3
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Whenever I've checked the price, it's the same or more expensive than the 2500K. That, combined with what EarthDog, doesn't make it particularly compelling. Now if it was $20 less than the 2500K...

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didnt they release a while after the 2500k? i thought it was a typo the first time i seen 2550k a few weeks go in another thread lol everyone probably just bought the 2500k at release and by the time that released everyone overlcocking had a 2500k

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Old 05-08-12, 12:40 PM   #5
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The 2550k has no onboard GPU and a 100mhz higher stock speed. The 2500k has onboard GPU and overclocks just as well as the 2550k, and is cheaper. There's essentially zero reason to own a 2550k short of just getting a good deal on it or wanting to run at stock speeds. But who runs a k series at stock? You might as well just buy a normal 2500 in that case.
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I guess for me no igp is fine, as I have a plethora of graphics cards.
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Why is the i5 2550k not so popular?
Because you are getting less of a CPU for more money... The pricing makes no sense

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I guess for me no igp is fine, as I have a plethora of graphics cards.
Sure. But you have to pay *more* to get a no-IGP CPU, which is the silly part.

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Because you are getting less of a CPU for more money... The pricing makes no sense
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Sure. But you have to pay *more* to get a no-IGP CPU, which is the silly part.
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Old 05-08-12, 01:03 PM Thread Starter   #10
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I see. SO it's essentially a bad marketing scheme, saying that for $10 you can have .1 ghz faster processor.

Dirty play, intel.. Unless there is an actual advantage to the IGP instructions being skipped..?
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Well, you'd hope that with a disabled IGP you'd get less heat output and/or less going wrong at high frequencies making for better overclocking. It doesn't seem that that's the case, though.

Intel's just trying to sell chips with a failed IGP section instead of throwing them away, and they probably bumped up the speed by 100MHz to make them an easier sell. But I don't think retailers are paying nearly as much attention to those as they are to the 2500K and 2600K, so the pricing isn't competitive.

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only reason i went with the 2550k was microcenter had it on sale with a coupon for $160.

IIRC these came out early Feb

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6 of one half dozen of the other is the case to me.
Do yo have a "copy and paste" for this one?

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Old 05-08-12, 04:34 PM   #14
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The Intel® Core™ i5-2550K is just the not so pretty sister of the Intel Core i5-2500K. It was only released back in November and hasn't caught on but it has helped to ease the demand for the Intel Core i5-2500K since some people have asked for a processor without the IGP (Integrated Graphics on Processor) believing that it added a bunch of heat to the processor and stopped it from overclocking as well.


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Old 05-08-12, 04:42 PM   #15
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So Intel launched a new CPU because of user misconceptions? lol

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marketing gimmick.. people bought them so GG Intel.

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