Average Bench: 64.4% (183rd of 1206)

more Based on 117,912 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i5-2500K is a second generation Sandy Bridge processor which is currently two generations old and nearly three years out of date.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: 49%Average: 64.4% Great: 82%
Gaming
Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Jet ski

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500K averaged 35.5% 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

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 97.2Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 191Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500K is 32.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-2500K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 369Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 367Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 117,912 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.6 1-Core 97.2 119
149 2-Core 191 238
67.9% 144 Pts
Min Avg Max
253 4-Core 363 470
270 8-Core 367 472
49.8% 365 Pts
Min Avg Max
274 64-Core 369 471
24.8% 369 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
1-Core 122
2-Core 243
86% 183 Pts
4-Core 473
8-Core 483
65% 478 Pts
64-Core 477
32% 477 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 108
2-Core 212
76% 160 Pts
4-Core 348
8-Core 381
49% 364 Pts
64-Core 379
26% 379 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 85.9
2-Core 194
65% 140 Pts
4-Core 363
8-Core 368
50% 366 Pts
64-Core 368
25% 368 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 92.3
2-Core 179
64% 136 Pts
4-Core 338
8-Core 349
47% 344 Pts
64-Core 352
24% 352 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
1-Core 90.2
2-Core 178
63% 134 Pts
4-Core 343
8-Core 338
47% 340 Pts
64-Core 342
23% 342 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 24,103,442 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i5-2500K Builds (Compare 6,154 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 39% - Below average Total price: $760

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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...

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26 days ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

Comment 

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


Terrible

3 months ago.

Never bottlenecks my Nvidia GTX 980Ti


Excellent

5 days ago.

that is


Liked

7 days ago.

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


Excellent

1 hr ago.

Legendary Sandy Bridge overclocker!


Good

5 days ago.

It is ok but Ryzen 5 1400 is a lot better


Terrible

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


Good

21 days ago.

Still going in modern games in 2019

Comment 

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


Good

12 days 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

22 days ago.

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


Good

27 days ago.

Faster and reliable than A series


Excellent

11 months ago.

after 6 years - still superb performance


Excellent

1 month 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


Terrible

5 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...


Excellent

4 months ago.

cheap in 2019 but still can handle most of the games


Excellent

15 months ago.

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


Liked

2 months ago.

Comment 

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


Good

13 months ago.

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


Good

6 years ago.

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Excellent

12 months ago.

Интел конкретно лохонулись когда создали этот процессор, проц на 4.8 Ghz работает как часы , тащит почти все игры на 60 кадров БОМБА !


Terrible

2 years ago.

It's bad and slow, not recomended for games


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

2 years ago.

Great value and still holds up well 6 years on


Outstanding

2 months 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


Excellent

3 months ago.

Set the new standard for the gaming CPU and was a gaming champ back then, people couldn't eat their breakfast when Intel released this CPU. You may run every game with this CPU (provided if you have newer GPU too!) but newer games requires lowering the setting but even then still offers playable framerates for every games. This CPU (and entire of Sandy Bridge CPU lineups) is one of the factor that sets Intel apart when AMD once struggled due to flaw in their Vishera microarch design which resulted in significantly lower single core performance than nearly every Intel CPU that was released beginning from Sandy Bridge, this remained until AMD released Zen 1 CPUs in 2017 which is a blow to Intel thanks to better value for performance and ever increasing single core performance ever since.


Average

7 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

2 years ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

2 years ago.

Best all around processor for price!~


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Outstanding

2 years ago.

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


Good

7 months ago.

Fantastic performance and overclocking for very little money. Compare this using a modern gpu and it beats a lot of cpu's that your voters rate higher because they are using more moden gpus. Available for $30 used- it can't be beat for a bargain cpu.


Outstanding

3 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

3 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

2 years 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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Excellent

2 years 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

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

My system does not play 4K Youtube, but I can run my favourite space simulator on ultras. This is the 7th year I am using it, and only recently I started seeing some slowing down, because of YouTube's 4K videos. Hopefully, my next CPU can serve as long and as well, but it's going to be so expensive to change my processor, because I will also need a new motherboard to buy a CPU able to impress me.


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