Intel Core I5-2400 processor: specifications and reviews. How to overclock the Intel Core I5-2400 processor?
The perfect combination of performance and price is Core i5 2400. It is about the parameters and capabilities of this semiconductor solution that will be further discussed.
What can be done with it and on which market segment is this chip oriented?
Of course, the phrase "redundant performance" can not be applied to Intel Core i5 2400. CPU-rulers i7 can boast of such a level of processing power. But still a fairly high level of this processor solution allows its owner to run any applications, even the most demanding ones. The sufficiently high clock speed, the impressive size of the three-level cache and 4 computational units clearly and unambiguously indicate that this is a high-performance solution oriented to solving a wide range of tasks.
Contents of delivery
Standard, as for Intel's processor solutions, the bundle of this semiconductor chip, which consists of:
Actually itself Core i5 2400, being in a special plastic package, which completely excludes the possibility of its damage.
Established cooling system.
The pasted logo of the processor model for the front panel of the computer case.
Manual for the use of a semiconductor solution.
Thermo-paste in a special package.
Connector for CPU
Like all other solutions of the Sandy Bridge, this CPU is focused on the 1155 connector. From the great variety of different chipsets for this platform, it is most optimal to use solutions based on Z67 and Z77 for this processor. This will allow the CPU to overclock and get an additional performance boost. Also, the level of functionality of these solutions is an order of magnitude better.
Chip manufacturing technology
Core i5 2400 was manufactured by the most advanced technology in 2011 year - 32 nm. Of course, now the most advanced silicon crystals are made in accordance with the standards of the technological process 14 nm. This allows you to significantly reduce the size of the crystal and reduce heat generation. But, on the other hand, Intel, starting with Ivy Bridge, began using a less-quality thermal paste under the metal cover of the processor. As a result, heat dissipation has worsened, and the best solutions in terms of heat dissipation from this manufacturer continue to be the generation of the Sandy Bridge processors, to which the hero of this review belongs.
Cache and its number
Like all the most productive processor solutions, this chip is equipped with a three-level cache. The first level of it is divided into 4 equal parts by 64 KB. Each individual part of the cache interacts strictly with one compute module. And these 64 KB are divided into two equal parts in 32 KB. In the first one, data is stored, and in the second - instructions from the CPU. The second level is similarly divided also into the 4 part, but already by 256 KB. As in the previous case, each separate part of the cache is tied to a certain processor core of the processor. Instructions and data in this case are stored in the shared address space. The third level of the cache is shared and can interact with any compute module. Its size is equal to 6 MB.
What RAM can I use with this CPU?
DDR3 - this type of RAM is focused on the Intel Core i5 2400 processor. Reviews in this regard are allocated modules with frequencies 1066 MHz and 1333 MHz. It is in this case that you can expect to get the maximum level of performance. You can, of course, use RAM and with a higher frequency, but the motherboard will reduce this value to the maximum possible 1333 MHz. That is, pay for the bar of memory will have more than usual, but there will be no gain from it.
95 W - the presence of such a thermal package can boast Intel Core i5 2400. Reviews highlight the low degree of its heating, even with a solid level of load. The maximum permissible operating temperature for this semiconductor solution is 72,60C. In the normal operation mode of the complete cooling system is quite enough for stable operation. The temperature of the CPU practically does not rise above 50 degrees. When overclocking, you need to use an improved cooler. In this case, the complete cooling system does not cope, and 70 degrees in this case is not the limit.
3,1 GHz is the base clock for Core i5 2400. Characteristicsindicate that in this mode, 4 computing modules are running at once. If you turn off one of them, the frequency will increase to 3,2 GHz. If the work remains only 2 core, then we get 3,3 GHz. Well, in a single-threaded mode this semiconductor crystal can give out already 3,4 GHz. As a result of overclocking this chip, you can achieve 3,8 GHz and 20 percentage increase in performance.
Filling of a semiconductor crystal
The Core i5 2400 processor is equipped with four high-performance computing modules. Each module can process 4 instructions in one stroke of its work. This allows you to get a fairly good level of performance, even by today's standards. But there is one important point: this CPU does not support Hyper-Trading technology. That is, he has 4 physical core and 4 computational flow at the program level. Because of this, the i7 line (where also 4 cores, but 8 computational threads) wins i5 10-15 percent in applications that are optimized for 5 and more threads. But so far not so much such software and this difference is not so much and different. In most gaming applications (they are mostly optimized for 1 computational flow), this difference is not felt at all.
Graphical subsystem of the central processor
The second generation of "Kor" architecture became remarkable even in the sense that the manufacturer integrated graphic adapters into them. Of course, they have modest opportunities, but this will be enough to solve the most simple problems. Intel Core i5 2400, in turn, could boast of the availability of the video accelerator "EychDi Graphix 2000". With minimal load, it worked at a frequency of 850MHz, well, and in maximum load mode it could accelerate to 1100MHz. To play video, work in office applications and even unpretentious games this was quite enough. Well, for more serious tasks, you need to install a discrete graphics card in your PC with a very serious performance level.
Now let's look at how to overclock the Intel Core i5 2400 processor. This can not be done by simply multiplying the multiplier. In this case, it is necessary to reduce the frequencies of all components of the computer system, except the system bus. It is in nominal mode equal to 100 MHz. In the future, we increase its frequency to 105 MHz, and the voltage on the CPU should be 1,2 B. This will allow us to obtain a frequency of the order of 3,8 GHz. As practice shows, it is impossible to achieve more on this chip. Additional conditions for overclocking are:
High-quality motherboard (it is recommended to use solutions based on Z67 and Z77).
Power supply with a power of at least 900 W.
A specialized software must be installed on the PC, which will monitor the parameters of the system and the stability of its operation.
Intel Core i5 2400 was estimated by the manufacturer in 179 dollars. This price put it on a par with the 8-core CPU from AMD. But at the same time, a high degree of optimization of the semiconductor crystal made it possible in most applications to obtain a significant increase in performance. Therefore, the majority of users paid attention to solutions from Intel, including the "Kor i5 2400".
The drawback is just one in Core i5 2400. Reviewsa blocked multiplier is allocated. But this is a solution that is aimed at a slightly different segment of the market. Computer enthusiasts who want to overclock the CPU are encouraged to pay attention to solutions with the index "K". Well, this processor is designed for those who need a good computer here and now. In this case, he has no special desire to put experiments on him. Otherwise, this chip can boast such advantages:
Excellent frequency formula.
High level of stability of work at high loads.
Of course, it is not a solution of the premium class Core i5 2400. But all the same, the presence of this chip is enough to solve any problem. Of course, some toys on it will go no longer at the maximum settings. But this is the same CPU of the middle class, which is focused on solving a wide range of tasks.