Average Bench: 71.7% (129th of 1144)

more Based on 76,739 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i5-2500K is a second generation Sandy Bridge processor which is currently two generations old and nearly three years out of date.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: 71.7% Great: 90%
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat

Good average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500K averaged 28.3% 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 370Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500K is 38.9%. 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 76,739 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.5 SC Int 99.8 122
76.4 SC Float 100 122
79.2 SC Mixed 99.7 123
79.9% 99.9 Pts
Min Avg Max
241 QC Int 371 481
246 QC Float 372 478
238 QC Mixed 370 475
84.1% 371 Pts
Min Avg Max
271 MC Int 379 481
261 MC Float 380 481
269 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%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 109
SC Mixed 109
87% 109 Pts
QC Int 433
QC Float 427
QC Mixed 431
98% 430 Pts
MC Int 433
MC Float 426
MC Mixed 430
64% 430 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 105
SC Float 109
SC Mixed 105
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 420
QC Float 436
QC Mixed 425
97% 427 Pts
MC Int 427
MC Float 428
MC Mixed 434
64% 430 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
SC Int 95.8
SC Float 97.5
SC Mixed 94.7
77% 96 Pts
QC Int 358
QC Float 335
QC Mixed 358
80% 350 Pts
MC Int 357
MC Float 358
MC Mixed 358
54% 358 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 2.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 95.9
SC Float 96.6
SC Mixed 95.3
77% 95.9 Pts
QC Int 209
QC Float 189
QC Mixed 177
44% 192 Pts
MC Int 150
MC Float 144
MC Mixed 129
21% 141 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 13,914,546 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i5-2500K Builds (Compare 3,746 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 60%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 92% - Outstanding Total price: $506

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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.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

23 hrs ago.

Cheap and stable at 4.5Ghz, good for cheap and effective ddr3 memory usage

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


Good

7 months ago.

Never bottlenecks my Nvidia GTX 980Ti


Liked

22 days ago.

Comment 

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


Excellent

1 day ago.

4.8ggz is life in 2019 years!!!!))) in bios per core my set : 40/40/44/48 x100 mhz короче задолбался я тут сочинять по англ. вообщем проц 2500к лучший!!! и в этом году хоть и 2011 года он. молодцы интел, 8 поколение процов типа 8350u взяли с него или 8250 в целом похожи только нет хайпертрединга и 8 потоков. ДА ЛУЧШЕ НЕТ ПРОЦ. для меня так.если нет 4790к или 7700к)) наверно года 4-5 на нем и думаю будет все хорошо.1050 карту тащит он легко.


Good

28 days ago.

good quality processor for the year of relase.


Good

7 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


Terrible

27 days ago.

It is ok but Ryzen 5 1400 is a lot better


Excellent

3 months 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

1 month ago.

Comment 

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


Good

1 month ago.

great overclocking capabilities and still stands strong in 1440p gaming combined with my titan black. I'd really suggest buying this for a mediocre setup


Excellent

1 month ago.

when overclocked and paired with a good gpu this processor can run any program without any serious problems


Good

7 months 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...


Terrible

21 days ago.

after 6 years - still superb performance


Excellent

2 months 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

5 years ago.

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Excellent

3 months ago.

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


Liked

3 months ago.

Comment 

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


Good

1 month ago.

Still serves well even in 2018, overclocking is a breeze and handles recent things very well.


Terrible

12 months ago.

It's bad and slow, not recomended for games


Terrible

15 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

13 months ago.

Great value and still holds up well 6 years on


Good

6 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

17 months ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

17 months ago.

Best all around processor for price!~


Excellent

14 months ago.

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


Outstanding

19 months ago.

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


Outstanding

2 years 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

2 years 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

21 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.

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Check this i52500k Bench!


Excellent

14 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

18 months ago.

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


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