Average Bench: 91.8% (33rd of 1137)

Based on 3,612 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: 91.8% Great: 96%
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-8500 averaged just 8.2% 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 466Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 12.1%. 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 3,612 samples)
Min Avg Max
108 SC Int 116 122
113 SC Float 126 131
109 SC Mixed 120 126
96.4% 121 Pts
Min Avg Max
396 QC Int 445 473
444 QC Float 492 511
419 QC Mixed 466 489
106% 468 Pts
Min Avg Max
553 MC Int 639 688
639 MC Float 724 760
583 MC Mixed 675 719
102% 679 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 120
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 469
QC Float 507
QC Mixed 486
110% 487 Pts
MC Int 679
MC Float 753
MC Mixed 710
107% 714 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 117
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 119
96% 120 Pts
QC Int 460
QC Float 505
QC Mixed 481
109% 482 Pts
MC Int 657
MC Float 746
MC Mixed 698
105% 700 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 118
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 123
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 471
QC Float 507
QC Mixed 473
110% 483 Pts
MC Int 660
MC Float 754
MC Mixed 704
106% 706 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 127
SC Mixed 122
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 450
QC Float 506
QC Mixed 472
108% 476 Pts
MC Int 671
MC Float 765
MC Mixed 706
107% 714 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 116
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 120
96% 120 Pts
QC Int 460
QC Float 502
QC Mixed 476
109% 479 Pts
MC Int 640
MC Float 743
MC Mixed 679
103% 688 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 117
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 123
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 435
QC Float 504
QC Mixed 470
106% 470 Pts
MC Int 633
MC Float 702
MC Mixed 678
100% 671 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 116
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 121
97% 121 Pts
QC Int 449
QC Float 494
QC Mixed 473
107% 472 Pts
MC Int 629
MC Float 733
MC Mixed 679
102% 681 Pts
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Typical Core i5-8500 Builds (Compare 11,915 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) - $100

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 99% - Outstanding Total price: $794

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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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