Average Bench: 64.4% (178th of 1196)

more Based on 124,163 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

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-6500 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 98.5Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 195Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6500 is 21.9%. 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 368Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 365Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 124,163 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.8 1-Core 98.5 111
155 2-Core 195 214
69% 146 Pts
Min Avg Max
244 4-Core 358 406
270 8-Core 365 407
49.2% 361 Pts
Min Avg Max
287 64-Core 368 407
24.7% 368 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 125
2-Core 244
87% 184 Pts
4-Core 411
8-Core 453
58% 432 Pts
64-Core 482
32% 482 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 110
2-Core 214
76% 162 Pts
4-Core 387
8-Core 378
52% 382 Pts
64-Core 399
27% 399 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 104
2-Core 202
72% 153 Pts
4-Core 388
8-Core 389
53% 388 Pts
64-Core 372
25% 372 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 96.3
2-Core 204
70% 150 Pts
4-Core 392
8-Core 302
49% 347 Pts
64-Core 399
27% 399 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 93.6
2-Core 188
66% 141 Pts
4-Core 369
8-Core 363
50% 366 Pts
64-Core 378
25% 378 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,858,256 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $202 @ launch in Sep '15
EbayUS $18611 mins
OutletPCUS $2203 days
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Typical Core i5-6500 Builds (Compare 5,959 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 54%
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Desktop
Desktop 65%
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Workstation
Workstation 37%
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Motherboard: MSI B150 GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $866

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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 4 years ago.

Terrible

23 days ago.

crap


Terrible

23 days 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


Terrible

22 days ago.

very low temp good perf and boost 3.6 ghz


Excellent

2 months 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

21 days ago.

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


Good

25 days ago.

i am using this procesor for over 3 years and i like it


Good

2 years 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

21 months ago.

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


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

2 years ago.

it low for 4k


Average

12 months ago.

Mediocre performance for it's price.


Very good

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

Amazing price/performance if you can get your hands on a z170 board with an old bios. Overclocked mine to over 4.5GHz


Outstanding

3 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

3 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

22 months ago.

Bang For The Buck bought two years ago and still fast enough. . 105% 131 Pts.. 118% 519 Pts.. 78% 519 Pts..


Good

13 months ago.

Still a good CPU, achieved a score of 106% today with a 4.6GHz overclock


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