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How much ex­tra per­for­mance can you squeeze out of a non-K chip? We’ll use a Core i5-6500, and run some bench­marks to demon­strate. It’s over­clocked by 1.1GHz, from 3.2GHz to 4.3GHz, while the RAM is at just over 3,200MHz. First up is Heaven 4.0, a GPU-in­ten­sive app that doesn’t show much im­prove­ment for that ex­tra 1.1GHz: 50.2fps at stock speeds, and 50.3fps over­clocked. Heart­break­ing. Things get more en­cour­ag­ing when run­ning CPU-in­ten­sive RTS Ashes ofthe Sin­gu­lar­ity: Es­ca­la­tion, though: 25.8fps at stock, 29.3fps over­clocked. Cinebench R15 sees a jump from 524 to 727, while Mid­dle-Earth:Shadow of War jumps from 52fps to 62fps. Re­sult!

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