Average Bench: 81.6% (57th of 1206)

Based on 16,834 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]

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Poor: 67%Average: 81.6% Great: 86%
Gaming
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-8500 averaged just 18.3% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 120Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 236Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 19.8%. 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 663Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 657Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 16,834 samples)
Min Avg Max
106 1-Core 120 126
203 2-Core 236 248
83.6% 178 Pts
Min Avg Max
368 4-Core 460 490
523 8-Core 657 714
72.3% 558 Pts
Min Avg Max
520 64-Core 663 717
44.5% 663 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 125
2-Core 248
88% 187 Pts
4-Core 484
8-Core 702
77% 593 Pts
64-Core 703
47% 703 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 126
2-Core 248
88% 187 Pts
4-Core 479
8-Core 702
76% 591 Pts
64-Core 703
47% 703 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 122
2-Core 247
86% 184 Pts
4-Core 480
8-Core 698
76% 589 Pts
64-Core 702
47% 702 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 125
2-Core 246
87% 186 Pts
4-Core 470
8-Core 696
75% 583 Pts
64-Core 693
46% 693 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 124
2-Core 242
86% 183 Pts
4-Core 471
8-Core 666
74% 569 Pts
64-Core 697
47% 697 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 123
2-Core 243
86% 183 Pts
4-Core 468
8-Core 687
74% 577 Pts
64-Core 688
46% 688 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 122
2-Core 242
86% 182 Pts
4-Core 465
8-Core 696
75% 580 Pts
64-Core 692
46% 692 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 120
2-Core 240
84% 180 Pts
4-Core 459
8-Core 679
73% 569 Pts
64-Core 661
44% 661 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 118
2-Core 230
82% 174 Pts
4-Core 467
8-Core 678
74% 572 Pts
64-Core 688
46% 688 Pts
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Gaming 16%
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Desktop
Desktop 67%
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Workstation
Workstation 41%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 3060

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 78% - Very good Total price: $335

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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

 Comments

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1 month ago.

It is a solid processor for a good price. but is not as great of a value as core I5 8400


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2 months ago.

It's alright I guess. Would buy AMD.


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23 months ago.


Average

4 days ago.

Fine processor. But not a great value.


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