Average Bench: 71.8% (113th of 1089)

more Based on 57,301 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, , BFEBFBFF000306A9, 4920555043070506, 0F8BFBFF000206A7, 0FABFBFF000206A7, 1FABFBFF000206A7, BFEBFBFF000206A6 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 4.50GHz

The i5-2500K is a second generation Sandy Bridge processor which is currently two generations old and nearly three years out of date. The many users that had the good sense to purchase this processor should feel in no hurry to upgrade as it's still no slouch, even by today's standards. The benchmark figures indicate that, even at stock clock rates, in terms of real-world performance this processor is approximately 20% slower than the best currently available, not bad considering its age. Given that the 2500K has an unlocked multiplier upping its performance by 10% with stock cooling should not pose much of a problem for the majority of owners. Here is a detailed performance comparison of the 2500K vs 4670K.  [Jul '13 CPUPro]

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Poor: 51%Average: 71.8% Great: 91%
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

Good average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500K averaged 28.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Quad Core Integer Speed 371Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 371Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500K is 39.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-2500K performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 380Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 378Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 57,301 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.1 SC Int 99.3 121
80.3 SC Float 100 122
79.3 SC Mixed 99.7 121
79.7% 99.7 Pts
Min Avg Max
230 QC Int 371 480
240 QC Float 373 480
246 QC Mixed 371 479
84.3% 372 Pts
Min Avg Max
256 MC Int 377 482
267 MC Float 380 483
274 MC Mixed 378 480
56.8% 379 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 114
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 114
91% 114 Pts
QC Int 445
QC Float 438
QC Mixed 442
100% 442 Pts
MC Int 445
MC Float 448
MC Mixed 452
67% 448 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 111
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 111
89% 111 Pts
QC Int 439
QC Float 439
QC Mixed 441
100% 439 Pts
MC Int 441
MC Float 437
MC Mixed 440
66% 439 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 5.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 109
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 396
QC Float 400
QC Mixed 398
90% 398 Pts
MC Int 416
MC Float 415
MC Mixed 408
62% 413 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 88.5
SC Float 89.4
SC Mixed 89.1
71% 89 Pts
QC Int 341
QC Float 344
QC Mixed 339
77% 341 Pts
MC Int 331
MC Float 344
MC Mixed 342
51% 339 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 88.5
SC Float 88.9
SC Mixed 88.4
71% 88.6 Pts
QC Int 333
QC Float 348
QC Mixed 337
77% 339 Pts
MC Int 341
MC Float 347
MC Mixed 340
51% 343 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,441,859 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i5-2500K Builds (Compare 1,780 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 64%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $696

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'11
Processor Numberi5-2500K
# of Cores4
# of Threads4
Cache6 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.7 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP95 W
Expected DiscontinuanceQ1'2013

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 3000
Graphics Base Frequency850 MHz
Wireless DisplayNo
# of Displays Supported2
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.1 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1066/1333
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth21 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechNo
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedLGA1155

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

LGA1155 Socket

Passmark CPU benchmark: 6,745...

Added 6 years ago.

Liked (edit your comment) Add link

9 days ago.

Comment 

Run for years overclocked at 4.5Ghz on air. Recently bought a used i7-2600K to replace it only cuz newer games are beginning (barely) to use more threads. REALLY wanted to upgrade to a Skylake or Haswell but just doesn't make any monetary sense at all as the Sandys still perform within intimate slapping distance of their youngers. —Feb '16


Poor

2 months ago.

Never bottlenecks my Nvidia GTX 980Ti


Excellent

5 months ago.

Comment 

overclocks well. You can get sandybridge motherboards much cheaper now too.—Feb '15


Poor

2 month ago.

good quality processor for the year of relase.


Terrible

5 days ago.

I use it every day and I've had it at 5ghz. I only run it at 4.5 but even that is over the top on a 1050 ti.

Comment 

Running at 5.1GHz 24-7 (with 0 prfor almost 3 years with two newer GTX 780s \ 16GB or 2GHz DDR3 and this thing screams...even with highest setting on newer games @4K 60Hz. The CPU is still not a bottleneck with the newer cards..I could run it at 5.3 but seems to be running significantly hotter. I'm sure I could run it at 5.3 24\7 if I upgrade my water-block and pump on my custom loop.—Feb '15


Poor

24 days ago.

It is ok but Ryzen 5 1400 is a lot better


Liked

10 days ago.

Comment 

Best Overclocking cpu EVER CREATED !!!—Feb '15

Comment 

Stable at 4.5GHz only Air (and very low temp); 60fps with gtx 970 in GTA V aLmost all ultra settings. Far Cry 4 just goes perfect as well as AC Unity and Project Cars; all maxed out and fluid 60. should say more about this old cpu? —Dec '15


Excellent

3 months ago.

Comment 

Really good at OC, running at 5ghz with monster air cooler, no temp issues.—Dec '15


Good

17 days ago.

i have one for last 5 years and it is still not a bottle neck. it is on air cooler @4,7 and it has nice temps. running with ssd and 16G ram, i only need to upgrade GPU from R9 270x to GTX 1080 when the price drops to 400 and it will be good to go for next 5 years...


Good

1 month ago.

I have had a 2500k since launch, and it's still going strong. Boosts to 4.6GHz (OC'd) when gaming and temps never above 60 degrees celsius. Fnatastic processor still putting modern iterations to shame


Good

4 years ago.

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CPU-Z - (Stepped Down Clock)

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Integrated HD Graphics 3000

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GPU-Z

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Good

4 months ago.

Age has not tamed this beast and price is easy to swallow.


Disliked

11 months ago.

Comment 

Intel won't make one like this again—Dec '15


Terrible

3 months ago.

It's bad and slow, not recomended for games


Terrible

7 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

4 months ago.

Great value and still holds up well 6 years on


Good

5 years ago.

Can get to 4Ghz on stock cooling and not that far off the i7's for 99% of the time. Best value cpu on the market. For normal use, no need to overclock this. Pros: Brilliant value for money, unlocked and overclockable. -- Dropped my rating due to the release of a successor the i5 3570K


Average

6 years ago.

Almost as good as it gets at a reasonable price, this gets my vote. Pros: Superb value for money. Superseded by the new i5-3570K


Terrible

8 months ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

8 months ago.

Best all around processor for price!~


Excellent

5 months ago.

Matches single core speeds of r5 1600 with a good overclock, while being over 5 years old.


Outstanding

10 months ago.

Still in the game after 6 years and good OC potential.


Outstanding

20 months ago.

using it from 2011 it's a real pleasure for me , the best cpu i ever use till today , easy overclockable , stable at 4.2 ghz for me


Outstanding

15 months ago.

I run my i5 2500k at 5GHz at 1.4v and its stable as can be. I use this for gaming because of arma 3's high cpu clock speed requirement for playing with over 100 players in a war server. The processor scored 102% which is great for a processor i paid $60 for on ebay.


Excellent

12 months ago.

If you can OC beyond 4.4Ghz this CPU can still rumble with the big boys at stock clocks. Damn fine work for a 6 year old CPU.

Deal  www.userbenchmark.com/...

Check this i52500k Bench!


Excellent

5 months ago.

Was running this guy from Jan 2012 until October 2017. Awesome CPU, low temperatures, lightning fast for Desktop applications and computations. Needed to be replaced for CPU-intensive games now. But to get almost 6 years out of a processor is just amazing.


Good

9 months ago.

Old but still good CPU to use and boost with great GPU


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