Average Bench: 91.3% (46th of 1157)

Based on 9,218 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: 79%Average: 91.3% Great: 96%
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-8500 averaged just 8.6% 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 490Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 463Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 17.6%. 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 115Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 120Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,218 samples)
Min Avg Max
104 SC Int 115 122
107 SC Float 125 132
108 SC Mixed 120 126
96.2% 120 Pts
Min Avg Max
385 QC Int 441 473
421 QC Float 490 513
390 QC Mixed 463 490
105% 465 Pts
Min Avg Max
524 MC Int 631 689
588 MC Float 716 759
553 MC Mixed 670 717
100% 672 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 123
SC Float 132
SC Mixed 128
102% 128 Pts
QC Int 465
QC Float 522
QC Mixed 495
112% 494 Pts
MC Int 678
MC Float 775
MC Mixed 710
108% 721 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 125
100% 124 Pts
QC Int 456
QC Float 496
QC Mixed 483
108% 478 Pts
MC Int 663
MC Float 753
MC Mixed 695
105% 704 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 116
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 124
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 458
QC Float 504
QC Mixed 483
109% 482 Pts
MC Int 672
MC Float 732
MC Mixed 699
105% 701 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 118
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 124
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 458
QC Float 473
QC Mixed 482
107% 471 Pts
MC Int 662
MC Float 736
MC Mixed 700
105% 699 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 124
100% 124 Pts
QC Int 442
QC Float 506
QC Mixed 468
107% 472 Pts
MC Int 645
MC Float 743
MC Mixed 695
104% 695 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 114
SC Float 124
SC Mixed 119
95% 119 Pts
QC Int 442
QC Float 503
QC Mixed 472
107% 472 Pts
MC Int 630
MC Float 719
MC Mixed 665
100% 671 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 115
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 120
96% 120 Pts
QC Int 442
QC Float 488
QC Mixed 462
105% 464 Pts
MC Int 616
MC Float 697
MC Mixed 671
99% 661 Pts
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Typical Core i5-8500 Builds (Compare 20,427 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 63%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z370-A PRO (MS-7B48) - $110

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 104% - Outstanding Total price: $764

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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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14 days ago.

Cheaper and better for gaming than some i7s


Excellent

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bed


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13 months ago.


Terrible

2 months ago.

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