Average Bench: 73% (95th of 1052)

more Based on 56,054 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000506E3, , 0F8BFBFF000506E3, BFEBFBFF000906E9, 0000000000000000, 1F8BFBFF000506E3, 0FABFBFF000506E3, 1789FBFF000506E3, 1FABFBFF000506E3 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6500 CPU @ 3.20GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6500 CPU @ 4.20GHz

Good average bench

The Intel Core i5-6500 averaged 27.0% 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.


Quad Core Floating Point Speed 392Pts
Quad Core Integer Speed 368Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6500 is 23.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-6500 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Multi Core Floating Point Speed 401Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 388Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 56,054 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.8 SC Int 97 108
91.9 SC Float 104 115
87.4 SC Mixed 100 112
80.3% 100 Pts
Min Avg Max
263 QC Int 368 406
279 QC Float 392 429
264 QC Mixed 378 417
86% 379 Pts
Min Avg Max
297 MC Int 375 406
318 MC Float 401 431
308 MC Mixed 388 420
58.1% 388 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
SC Int 99.1
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 107
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 387
QC Float 408
QC Mixed 418
92% 405 Pts
MC Int 413
MC Float 444
MC Mixed 409
63% 422 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 104
SC Float 113
SC Mixed 110
87% 109 Pts
QC Int 403
QC Float 424
QC Mixed 410
93% 412 Pts
MC Int 401
MC Float 426
MC Mixed 411
62% 413 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 106
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 110
88% 111 Pts
QC Int 389
QC Float 422
QC Mixed 408
92% 406 Pts
MC Int 392
MC Float 425
MC Mixed 405
61% 407 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 101
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 108
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 387
QC Float 419
QC Mixed 404
91% 403 Pts
MC Int 394
MC Float 434
MC Mixed 405
62% 411 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 67.2
SC Float 89.7
SC Mixed 85.4
65% 80.8 Pts
QC Int 262
QC Float 316
QC Mixed 348
70% 309 Pts
MC Int 317
MC Float 364
MC Mixed 345
51% 342 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,873,873 CPUs tested.


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Desktop 66%
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Workstation 40%
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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-A - $40

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Very good Total price: $750

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DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-6500 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
Code NameSkylake
Launch DateQ3'15
Processor Numberi5-6500
# of Cores4
# of Threads4
Cache6 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Embedded Options AvailableYes
Lithography14 nm
Recommended Price$192.00 - $202.00
Clock Speed3.2 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.6 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP65 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C (65W)


Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 530
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
Graphics OutputeDP/DP/HDMI/DVI
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.05 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB


Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

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)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
vPro TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes
Small Business AdvantageYes


Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography14 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1151

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes


Skylake 6th generation Core i5 processor...

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10 days ago.

good for video editing and gaming


4 months ago.

budget central process unit , Low power consumption , seeking to buy Intel® Core™ i7-8700 Processor for socket 1151 in amazon or new egg without update the motherboard however the RGB motherboard looks attractive


1 month ago.

use this CPU on 2 years


17 days ago.

big up intel


7 days ago.

very low temp good perf and boost 3.6 ghz


7 days ago.

boost it for 4.5ghz+gtx1070 on the z170E... the best choice


15 days ago.

Amazing CPU!! great for the price!!


9 days ago.

Great cpu


2 months ago.

Best budget cpu you can buy


11 months ago.

BANG 4 BUCK right here. running this thing at 4.5 ghz is just awesomeness. not giving it 10 because my chip can't run any faster with out increasing my voltage like insanely high. like 1.4 to achieve 4.6...


27 days ago.

I have Experienced Performance (80%) way above Expectation and Average Bench


5 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


7 months ago.

it low for 4k

Very good

11 months ago.

Very good value CPU that handles rather nice BCLK-OC!


22 months ago.

Achieved 4.8GHz using air cooler. For everyday use I am running at 4.5GHz. All in all, Incredible CPU for the money.


20 months ago.

that's so fast, my background apps occupy about 1%of cpu and now i'm trying that cpu with different games, i love it!


2 months ago.

Bang For The Buck bought two years ago and still fast enough. . 105% 131 Pts.. 118% 519 Pts.. 78% 519 Pts..

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