Average Bench: 95.7% (19th of 1052)

Based on 6 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EA Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8500 CPU @ 3.00GHz

The hex-core i5-8500 hails from Intel’s eighth generation of Coffee Lake processors, known for featuring a higher number of cores at each SKU than in previous generations and their refinement of the 14nm architecture as seen in 6th and 7th generation processors. At an estimated price of $184 it offers good multi-core value for money. Its quad core performance nearly rivals the more expensive i7-7700K (the 2017 CPU of choice for many top-end gamers). However based on preliminary benchmarks, the i5-8500 is only marginally faster (2% greater effective speed) than the i5-8400 which is also a recent and competitively priced hex-core Coffee Lake processor. Also, like the i5-8400, the 8500 features 9MB of L3 cache and a frugal TDP of 65W, leaving not much to choose between them. As is the case of all Coffee Lake processors, currently the only motherboards that the 8500 can be paired with feature Intel’s high-end Z370 chipset for overclocking. However, alternative and more suitable 300 series motherboards are long overdue and expected to be available soon. [Mar '18 CPUPro]

Poor: 91%Average: 95.7% Great: 98%
Gaming 96%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation 70%

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-8500 averaged just 4.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-8500 near the top of the comparison list.


Multi Core Integer Speed 694Pts
Quad Core Floating Point Speed 504Pts

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 6.92%. This is an extremely narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-8500 performs superbly consistently under varying real world conditions.


Single Core Integer Speed 122Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 125Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 6 samples)
Min Avg Max
119 SC Int 122 126
126 SC Float 129 132
122 SC Mixed 125 128
100% 125 Pts
Min Avg Max
451 QC Int 474 487
495 QC Float 504 511
453 QC Mixed 485 496
111% 488 Pts
Min Avg Max
640 MC Int 694 722
680 MC Float 732 763
670 MC Mixed 714 736
107% 714 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 126
SC Float 132
SC Mixed 128
103% 129 Pts
QC Int 487
QC Float 511
QC Mixed 496
113% 498 Pts
MC Int 722
MC Float 763
MC Mixed 733
111% 740 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 122
SC Float 130
SC Mixed 126
101% 126 Pts
QC Int 482
QC Float 508
QC Mixed 496
112% 495 Pts
MC Int 720
MC Float 759
MC Mixed 736
111% 738 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 120
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 452
QC Float 506
QC Mixed 472
108% 477 Pts
MC Int 606
MC Float 744
MC Mixed 656
100% 668 Pts

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,906,321 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i5-8500 Builds (Compare 3,017 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 72%
Desktop 84%
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Workstation 64%

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $116

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Excellent Total price: $706

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