Average Bench: 70.2% (137th of 1137)

more Based on 75,160 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: 53%Average: 70.2% Great: 78%
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat

Good average bench

The Intel Core i5-6500 averaged 29.7% 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 387Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 362Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6500 is 25.5%. 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 370Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 394Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 75,160 samples)
Min Avg Max
76.1 SC Int 94.2 106
78.5 SC Float 102 114
79.6 SC Mixed 98.1 110
78.5% 98.1 Pts
Min Avg Max
235 QC Int 343 394
269 QC Float 387 428
248 QC Mixed 362 407
82.4% 364 Pts
Min Avg Max
265 MC Int 352 394
309 MC Float 394 428
281 MC Mixed 370 410
55.7% 372 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 103
SC Float 109
SC Mixed 104
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 393
QC Float 424
QC Mixed 408
92% 408 Pts
MC Int 397
MC Float 425
MC Mixed 405
61% 409 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 97.6
SC Float 112
SC Mixed 108
84% 106 Pts
QC Int 363
QC Float 281
QC Mixed 390
78% 345 Pts
MC Int 357
MC Float 416
MC Mixed 360
56% 378 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 101
81% 101 Pts
QC Int 352
QC Float 399
QC Mixed 387
86% 379 Pts
MC Int 369
MC Float 419
MC Mixed 378
58% 389 Pts
Socket 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 95.9
SC Float 81.6
SC Mixed 96.3
73% 91.3 Pts
QC Int 352
QC Float 416
QC Mixed 382
87% 383 Pts
MC Int 354
MC Float 412
MC Mixed 381
57% 382 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 83
SC Float 91.6
SC Mixed 91.2
71% 88.6 Pts
QC Int 281
QC Float 356
QC Mixed 341
74% 326 Pts
MC Int 314
MC Float 356
MC Mixed 336
50% 336 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $202 @ launch in Sep '15
NeweggUS $2112 months
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Typical Core i5-6500 Builds (Compare 3,609 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 66%
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: 84% - Excellent Total price: $925

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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...

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Good (edit your comment) Add link

18 days 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

15 hrs 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


Excellent

11 days ago.

i love it. OOF


Average

10 days ago.

very low temp good perf and boost 3.6 ghz


Good

1 month 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

6 months ago.

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


Good

4 months ago.

Amazing CPU!! great for the price!!


Good

19 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

8 months ago.

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


Terrible

13 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

15 months ago.

it low for 4k


Average

21 days ago.

Mediocre performance for it's price.


Very good

19 months ago.

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


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

10 months ago.

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


Good

1 month ago.

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


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