Average Bench: 69.4% (153rd of 1144)

more Based on 89,919 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
Poor: 49%Average: 69.4% Great: 78%
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 42%
Speed boat

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-6500 averaged 30.5% 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

Quad Core Floating Point Speed 382Pts
Single Core Floating Point Speed 101Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6500 is 29.7%. 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 366Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 391Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 89,919 samples)
Min Avg Max
73.9 SC Int 93.5 105
73.8 SC Float 101 114
76.1 SC Mixed 97.4 110
78% 97.5 Pts
Min Avg Max
221 QC Int 338 393
251 QC Float 382 428
219 QC Mixed 357 408
81.3% 359 Pts
Min Avg Max
262 MC Int 347 394
301 MC Float 391 428
263 MC Mixed 366 409
55.1% 368 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 102
SC Float 108
SC Mixed 105
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 367
QC Float 403
QC Mixed 394
88% 388 Pts
MC Int 377
MC Float 429
MC Mixed 393
60% 400 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 93.3
SC Float 97.5
SC Mixed 88
74% 92.9 Pts
QC Int 337
QC Float 397
QC Mixed 362
83% 366 Pts
MC Int 337
MC Float 395
MC Mixed 366
55% 366 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 90.8
SC Float 97.2
SC Mixed 93.7
75% 93.9 Pts
QC Int 324
QC Float 364
QC Mixed 346
78% 345 Pts
MC Int 335
MC Float 371
MC Mixed 351
53% 352 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 93.8
SC Float 101
SC Mixed 94.5
77% 96.4 Pts
QC Int 332
QC Float 386
QC Mixed 308
77% 342 Pts
MC Int 342
MC Float 387
MC Mixed 373
55% 367 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 71.7
SC Float 63.3
SC Mixed 75
56% 70 Pts
QC Int 147
QC Float 263
QC Mixed 299
53% 236 Pts
MC Int 287
MC Float 298
MC Mixed 352
47% 312 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $202 @ launch in Sep '15
NeweggUS $21111 days
BHPhotoUS $2402 month
AmazonUS $33013 days
EbayUS $3917 mins
OutletPCUS $40011 hrs
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Typical Core i5-6500 Builds (Compare 4,120 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 65%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI B150 GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 88% - Excellent Total price: $871

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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 3 years ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

23 hrs ago.

runs good haven't had any issues other than operator error and lack of knowledge. i cant OC due to wrong motherboard so i haven't been able to test to its full potential and it still is a boss of a cpu


Good

2 months 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


Good

1 month ago.

very low temp good perf and boost 3.6 ghz


Good

3 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

4 days ago.

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


Good

6 months ago.

Amazing CPU!! great for the price!!


Good

21 months 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

11 months ago.

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


Terrible

15 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

17 months ago.

it low for 4k


Average

2 months ago.

Mediocre performance for it's price.


Very good

21 months ago.

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


Excellent

26 days 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

2 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

2 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

12 months ago.

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


Good

3 months ago.

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


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