Average Bench: 94.3% (25th of 1104)

Based on 271 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]

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Poor: 89%Average: 94.3% Great: 98%
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-8500 averaged just 5.6% 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.

Strengths

Quad Core Floating Point Speed 499Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 671Pts

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 9.18%. This is an extremely narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-8500 performs superbly consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 120Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 123Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 271 samples)
Min Avg Max
112 SC Int 120 125
122 SC Float 127 132
116 SC Mixed 123 128
98.6% 123 Pts
Min Avg Max
423 QC Int 463 485
474 QC Float 499 513
448 QC Mixed 479 498
109% 480 Pts
Min Avg Max
587 MC Int 671 720
661 MC Float 732 762
619 MC Mixed 700 739
105% 701 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 122
SC Float 130
SC Mixed 126
101% 126 Pts
QC Int 478
QC Float 505
QC Mixed 491
111% 491 Pts
MC Int 708
MC Float 749
MC Mixed 725
109% 727 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 123
SC Float 130
SC Mixed 126
101% 126 Pts
QC Int 471
QC Float 506
QC Mixed 485
110% 488 Pts
MC Int 678
MC Float 757
MC Mixed 713
107% 716 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 108
SC Float 127
SC Mixed 124
96% 120 Pts
QC Int 463
QC Float 495
QC Mixed 481
109% 480 Pts
MC Int 684
MC Float 741
MC Mixed 706
106% 710 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 116
SC Float 127
SC Mixed 122
97% 122 Pts
QC Int 454
QC Float 504
QC Mixed 477
108% 478 Pts
MC Int 651
MC Float 751
MC Mixed 700
105% 701 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 117
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 121
97% 121 Pts
QC Int 441
QC Float 498
QC Mixed 465
106% 468 Pts
MC Int 624
MC Float 700
MC Mixed 692
100% 672 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 108
SC Float 124
SC Mixed 115
92% 116 Pts
QC Int 432
QC Float 497
QC Mixed 462
105% 464 Pts
MC Int 630
MC Float 722
MC Mixed 674
101% 676 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 118
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 121
97% 122 Pts
QC Int 406
QC Float 432
QC Mixed 417
95% 418 Pts
MC Int 546
MC Float 579
MC Mixed 567
84% 564 Pts
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 Prices

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Typical Core i5-8500 Builds (Compare 5,091 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 72%
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Desktop
Desktop 83%
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Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $112

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 88% - Excellent Total price: $890

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-8500 Processor (9M Cache, up to 4.10 GHz)
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch DateQ2'18
Processor Numberi5-8500
# of Cores6
# of Threads6
Cache9 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableYes
Lithography14 nm
Recommended Price$192.00 - $235.00
Clock Speed3.00 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.10 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP65 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C (65W)

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.10 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2666
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth41.6 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

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1151

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes

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14 hrs ago.

Previous system had an I7-3770. Nice build but the I5-8500 smokes it and at a great price point. Technology changes rapidly. Very Happy with the 8500!!


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