Intel Core i7-875K & Core i5-655K Processors
When Intel launched their current desktop CPU architecture they did so with a number of high end CPUs under the Core i7 brand. These CPUs targeted consumers who wanted the best performance and the top models had unlocked multipliers, something which appealed to enthusiast users. In the months that followed the release of Core i7 Intel began releasing mainstream CPUs which were more affordable for consumers who looked for a great balance of price to performance. Then more recently was the launch of the budget i3 range and CPUs in the Core i5 family which also featured inbuilt GPUs.
With all of these processors on the market Intel had a pretty well rounded product stack but there was one are which could have been improved, mainstream offerings for enthusiasts who couldnt afford the high end Socket 1366 based i7 processors. Today Intel aims to satisfy the needs of those users with the release of the Core i7-875K and Core i5-655K, two processors on Socket 1156 which feature unlocked multipliers.
We will be running each through a selection of real world tests to establish how they compare to the latest offerings from AMD, and finding out how well they overclock using the unlocked multiplier.