What we have here is an interesting specimen of unlocked CPU that does not belong to the Extreme Edition series of processors. Sure, you can always get one of these Extreme CPUs to earn yourself the best experience in computer performance and over clocking, but at what cost? The processors themselves will set you back around US $ 999 or more, add some extra couple hundred for the X58 motherboard and the triple channel memory if you have not owned them already. Eventually, you’ll wind up spending thousands just to get yourself an unlocked multiplier.
At around US$ 350-375, according to our internet price search, the Core i7 875K is much more affordable for most users. Aside from that, mainstream LGA 1156 motherboards, -the platform intended for the Core i7 875K- are cheaper than their higher end, LGA 1366-based cousins also. The overall cost for a complete system, therefore, could be further pressed down.
From the over clocking point of view, the Core i7 875K offers a satisfying experience, whether you are a downright-hardcore clocker, or a newbie looking for an easy start. In our test, we managed to reach 4,2 GHz with minimal effort, on air. Add a better cooling, and you can even go higher than that. The unlocked multiplier adds some extra over clocking flexibility, and at the same time, it eliminates the complexity of having to compensate the clock speed increase with numerous adjustments.
Over clockers would undoubtedly find this processor delightful. Core i7 875K’s unlocked multiplier gives anyone the freedom to increase speed without too much hassle. Computer gamers who are not willing to undergo all the complications for a faster gaming machine could select this CPU also. After all, a multiplier increase is relatively safer and easier to do compared to base clock manipulation. As for the more casual segment of computer users, they can enjoy the extra durability of this processor. A processor that is intended for over clocking purposes would usually fare better under extreme conditions. Still, the unlocked multiplier is simply too tempting to just let the Core i7 875K run at its default clock speed.