Average Bench: 91.6% (41st of 1146)

Based on 6,677 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: 84%Average: 91.6% Great: 96%
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-8500 averaged just 8.3% 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

Quad Core Floating Point Speed 492Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 465Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 11.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-8500 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 116Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 120Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,677 samples)
Min Avg Max
109 SC Int 116 122
109 SC Float 126 131
112 SC Mixed 120 126
96.5% 121 Pts
Min Avg Max
392 QC Int 444 472
445 QC Float 492 512
413 QC Mixed 465 489
106% 467 Pts
Min Avg Max
551 MC Int 635 689
627 MC Float 720 759
587 MC Mixed 672 717
101% 675 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
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)
SC Int 116
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 122
97% 121 Pts
QC Int 464
QC Float 506
QC Mixed 484
110% 485 Pts
MC Int 674
MC Float 753
MC Mixed 719
107% 715 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 124
99% 124 Pts
QC Int 460
QC Float 484
QC Mixed 474
107% 473 Pts
MC Int 667
MC Float 754
MC Mixed 691
105% 704 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 117
SC Float 120
SC Mixed 120
95% 119 Pts
QC Int 448
QC Float 500
QC Mixed 469
107% 472 Pts
MC Int 631
MC Float 742
MC Mixed 655
101% 676 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 118
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 124
99% 124 Pts
QC Int 450
QC Float 479
QC Mixed 440
103% 456 Pts
MC Int 654
MC Float 749
MC Mixed 693
104% 699 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 114
SC Float 100
SC Mixed 118
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 433
QC Float 498
QC Mixed 433
103% 455 Pts
MC Int 614
MC Float 701
MC Mixed 655
98% 657 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 108
SC Float 124
SC Mixed 115
92% 116 Pts
QC Int 348
QC Float 466
QC Mixed 429
94% 415 Pts
MC Int 600
MC Float 684
MC Mixed 636
96% 640 Pts
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 Prices

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Typical Core i5-8500 Builds (Compare 17,561 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 63%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $109

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 106% - Outstanding Total price: $742

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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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Cheaper and better for gaming than some i7s


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Excellent

1 month ago.

I'ts very expensive


Good

8 days ago.

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Good

11 months ago.


Terrible

8 days ago.

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