Intel Core i7-4770K vs Intel Core i5-2500K

Compare Intel 4th Generation Core i7 4 core CPU vs Intel Core 4 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Price

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 250
$ 199.95 significantly less expensive
$ 450

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

33 %
17% slightly better overall score
28 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

52 %
4% slightly better gaming score
50 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

27 %
28% slightly better multitasking score
21 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

26 %
23% slightly better heavy workload score
21 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

3,674
40% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
2,623

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

970
21% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
796

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

4,123
50% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score
2,748

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

4
Identical
4

Threads

Number of logical processing units

8
100% significantly more threads
4

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

4 GHz
6% slightly higher clock speed
3 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
5% slightly higher turbo speed
4 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

84 W
13% slightly lower TDP
95 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

16
Identical
16

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

32 GiB
Identical
32 GiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

546th of 1,327
641st of 1,327

Family

The product line

4th Generation Core i7
Core

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2013
February 2011

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
No

Core i7-4770K vs Core i5-2500K comparison

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i7-4770K is faster than the Core i5-2500K. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-2500K in all gaming tests too.

Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores but the Core i7-4770K has more threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Core i7-4770K has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i5-2500K. Also, the Core i7-4770K has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Core i7-4770K CPU outputs less heat than a Core i5-2500K CPU because of its slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i7-4770K has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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