Average Bench: 70.9% (128th of 1128)

more Based on 72,617 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 29.1% 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 Floating Point Speed 385Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 367Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6500 is 22.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-6500 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 376Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 396Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 72,617 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.2 SC Int 93.9 105
82.8 SC Float 102 114
82.4 SC Mixed 97.9 110
78.4% 98 Pts
Min Avg Max
244 QC Int 350 394
270 QC Float 385 427
258 QC Mixed 367 409
83.2% 367 Pts
Min Avg Max
292 MC Int 361 395
321 MC Float 396 427
300 MC Mixed 376 410
56.6% 378 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 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 100
SC Float 112
SC Mixed 105
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 370
QC Float 425
QC Mixed 402
90% 399 Pts
MC Int 383
MC Float 426
MC Mixed 402
60% 404 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 99.2
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 102
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 386
QC Float 422
QC Mixed 405
92% 404 Pts
MC Int 388
MC Float 421
MC Mixed 404
60% 404 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 102
SC Float 112
SC Mixed 103
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 371
QC Float 427
QC Mixed 396
90% 398 Pts
MC Int 394
MC Float 423
MC Mixed 380
60% 399 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98
SC Float 107
SC Mixed 103
82% 103 Pts
QC Int 367
QC Float 407
QC Mixed 383
87% 386 Pts
MC Int 340
MC Float 380
MC Mixed 387
55% 369 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 83.9
SC Float 71.4
SC Mixed 84.2
64% 79.8 Pts
QC Int 235
QC Float 196
QC Mixed 172
46% 201 Pts
MC Int 246
MC Float 271
MC Mixed 253
38% 257 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $202 @ launch in Sep '15
NeweggUS $21123 days
BHPhotoUS $21514 hrs
AmazonUS $2156 days
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Typical Core i5-6500 Builds (Compare 4,298 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 66%
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Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI B150 GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $854

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 Specifications

Essentials

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)

Graphics

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

Memory

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
TSX-NIYes
vPro TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes
Small Business AdvantageYes

Package

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

 Comments

Skylake 6th generation Core i5 processor...

Added 2 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

16 days ago.

runs good haven't had any issues other than operator error and lack of knowledge. i cant OC due to wrong motherboard so i haven't been able to test to its full potential and it still is a boss of a cpu


Terrible

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


Good

1 month ago.

still plays most games on high settings coupled with 1060 gpu


Excellent

19 days ago.

my best i6500


Terrible

4 months ago.

very low temp good perf and boost 3.6 ghz


Good

13 days ago.

When purchased in 2016 it was decent. Giving it only 4 stars because the stock cooler that came with it was whiny and felt cheap. Replaced with aftermarket cooler. This CPU is still my daily driver. Does everything I need reasonably well.


Terrible

4 months ago.

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


Good

2 months ago.

Amazing CPU!! great for the price!!


Good

17 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...


Good

7 months ago.

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


Terrible

12 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

13 months ago.

it low for 4k


Very good

17 months ago.

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


Outstanding

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years 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!


Excellent

8 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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