Intel definitely saw the need to do more to compete with AMD than release a very small amount of Extreme Edition CPUs at the highest $1000+ price point and the release of two new CPUs with unlocked cores for just a little above the retail price of their non-unlocked equivalents is a good start. Overclockers and Tweakers wanting to get the most out of their new CPUs will appreciate the fact that these two CPUs will have more options to overclock due to their unlocked cores. Intel’s LGA-1156 platform has its strong points, including support for HyperThreading and single threaded performance that is higher than AMD’s competing processors but AMD has the advantage on cost/performance and compatibility. The Core i5 655K CPU has a projected price of $216 and the Core i7-875K has a projected price of $342, making them available for two completely different markets. The 655K unlocked multiplier gave me easily 4.3GHz over 1GHz overclock over the reference clock using an air cooler. Temperatures were under 40C even under load. The Core i7-875K has an overclock of 4.5GHz which is a 1.57GHz overclock over the 2.93GHz default clock speeds.
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