Average Bench: 86.8% (57th of 1276)

Based on 28,199 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: 86.8% Great: 92%
Gaming
Gaming 87%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-8500 averaged just 13.1% 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 89Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 119Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 14.4%. 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 656Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 651Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 28,199 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.2 Memory 89 95
107 1-Core 119 125
211 2-Core 235 248
85.3% 148 Pts
Min Avg Max
403 4-Core 459 487
540 8-Core 651 707
71.9% 555 Pts
Min Avg Max
551 64-Core 656 710
44% 656 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
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)
Memory 92.8
1-Core 124
2-Core 242
88% 153 Pts
4-Core 481
8-Core 694
76% 587 Pts
64-Core 686
46% 686 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.9
1-Core 124
2-Core 246
88% 153 Pts
4-Core 483
8-Core 701
76% 592 Pts
64-Core 713
48% 713 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.2
1-Core 109
2-Core 237
85% 147 Pts
4-Core 465
8-Core 631
72% 548 Pts
64-Core 640
43% 640 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.5
1-Core 124
2-Core 248
88% 153 Pts
4-Core 484
8-Core 698
76% 591 Pts
64-Core 699
47% 699 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.2
1-Core 123
2-Core 239
88% 152 Pts
4-Core 474
8-Core 569
69% 521 Pts
64-Core 603
40% 603 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.3
1-Core 118
2-Core 232
85% 147 Pts
4-Core 447
8-Core 662
71% 555 Pts
64-Core 417
28% 417 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.9
1-Core 118
2-Core 220
84% 143 Pts
4-Core 436
8-Core 594
67% 515 Pts
64-Core 648
44% 648 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.8
1-Core 119
2-Core 236
84% 146 Pts
4-Core 460
8-Core 610
70% 535 Pts
64-Core 646
43% 646 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.5
1-Core 119
2-Core 242
84% 148 Pts
4-Core 459
8-Core 611
70% 535 Pts
64-Core 536
36% 536 Pts
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Typical Core i5-8500 Builds (Compare 1,085 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 9%
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Desktop
Desktop 77%
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Workstation
Workstation 8%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 3060

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 97% - Outstanding Total price: $184

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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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Excellent

5 months ago.

It's alright I guess. Would buy AMD.


Good

2 years ago.


Average

12 months ago.

Fine processor. But not a great value.


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