I'm just curious the difference.
I do a decent amount of handbrake and such and could use either machine.
They appear about the same in stock forms. The i5 is really beasty.
I've never over clocked the i5 but I could. The HTPC is only 8gb ddr3 ram too.
My turbo boost on the 2600k runs 4.6 or 4.8 and the full time over clock is really stable at anything under 4.5ghz.
At a mild over clock of 4.2 all cores the 2600k just owns the i5 at handbrake a 30gb 1080p mkv Bluray rip to a stereo mix down iPhone 4 video around 960x640 or less. It's really no contest.
My desktop has 16gb ram but I doubt that matter much.
The huge difference I thought was the desktop HDD superior speed since its s RAID 0 hdd array.
But I tried it again on the 3570 i5 on the SSD and while improved its was still slower.
I was expecting more since they are both clock speeds of 3.4 stock and 4 cores. Ivy being newer design too.
So after running handbrake about 50 times I've concluded that over clocking is mostly responsible for the speed increase.
That's why I wanted to compare the two CPUs.
I knew the 2500k was not far off the 2600k and that the 3570k should be a bit more powerful than the 2500k so I assumed they would be pretty close.
"Too much is almost enough. Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards."