Average Bench: 86.2% (87th of 1323)

Based on 38,192 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EA Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8500 CPU @ 3.00GHz

The hex-core i5-8500 hails from Intel’s eighth generation of Coffee Lake processors, known for featuring a higher number of cores at each SKU than in previous generations and their refinement of the 14nm architecture as seen in 6th and 7th generation processors. At an estimated price of $184 it offers good multi-core value for money. Its quad core performance nearly rivals the more expensive i7-7700K (the 2017 CPU of choice for many top-end gamers). However based on preliminary benchmarks, the i5-8500 is only marginally faster (2% greater effective speed) than the i5-8400 which is also a recent and competitively priced hex-core Coffee Lake processor. Also, like the i5-8400, the 8500 features 9MB of L3 cache and a frugal TDP of 65W, leaving not much to choose between them. As is the case of all Coffee Lake processors, currently the only motherboards that the 8500 can be paired with feature Intel’s high-end Z370 chipset for overclocking. However, alternative and more suitable 300 series motherboards are long overdue and expected to be available soon. [Mar '18 CPUPro]

Poor: 77%Average: 86.2% Great: 91%
Gaming
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 71%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-8500 averaged just 13.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-8500 near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 88.1Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 118Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 14.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-8500 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 660Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 653Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 38,192 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.1 Memory 88.1 94.5
102 1-Core 118 125
209 2-Core 234 247
84.6% 147 Pts
Min Avg Max
373 4-Core 457 485
508 8-Core 653 708
71.9% 555 Pts
Min Avg Max
528 64-Core 660 712
44.3% 660 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.7
1-Core 120
2-Core 226
86% 147 Pts
4-Core 478
8-Core 681
75% 579 Pts
64-Core 695
47% 695 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.6
1-Core 124
2-Core 243
87% 151 Pts
4-Core 484
8-Core 707
77% 596 Pts
64-Core 704
47% 704 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.7
1-Core 121
2-Core 240
84% 147 Pts
4-Core 476
8-Core 707
76% 592 Pts
64-Core 708
48% 708 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.9
1-Core 118
2-Core 235
82% 145 Pts
4-Core 470
8-Core 702
75% 586 Pts
64-Core 680
46% 680 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 70.6
1-Core 117
2-Core 228
78% 139 Pts
4-Core 460
8-Core 640
72% 550 Pts
64-Core 649
44% 649 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.8
1-Core 81.2
2-Core 162
68% 111 Pts
4-Core 324
8-Core 479
52% 401 Pts
64-Core 471
32% 471 Pts
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Typical Core i5-8500 Builds (Compare 2,126 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 9%
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Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 8%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 3060

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $231

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-8500 Processor (9M Cache, up to 4.10 GHz)
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch DateQ2'18
Processor Numberi5-8500
# of Cores6
# of Threads6
Cache9 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableYes
Lithography14 nm
Recommended Price$192.00 - $235.00
Clock Speed3.00 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.10 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP65 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C (65W)

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.10 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2666
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth41.6 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

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1151

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechYes

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