Sandy Bridge is now a very mature platform, and Ivy Bridge will be knocking on the door this week. However, Ivy Bridge does not offer much in terms of performance over Sandy Bridge, so Sandy Bridge is the furthest thing from becoming irrelevant, and, in fact, if Ivy Bridge pushes Sandy Bridge pricing down, it may find its own boost to keep it strong. As throngs of enthusiasts dump their "old" parts to fund Ivy Bridge builds, many people may be looking to grab secondhand Sandy Bridge parts for an upgrade or an additional machine. Folders may be a large crowd to gobble up awesome hardware at a good price, and we'll be looking at how the i5-2500 may benefit them in terms of efficiency.
Sandy Bridge processors have been out for some time now, and everyone and their grandma have run the same benchmarks, and gone through the same overclocking procedures. All of that has been done to death, but there is another aspect a growing number of people are looking for, especially with rising energy costs... efficiency. We will be showing the other side of the spectrum some love that few out there test, and that is underclocking and undervolting to see how efficient the i5 2300 processor is, and also see how close to its maximum efficiency the chip runs at in a stock configuration.