Average Bench: 87.3% (50th of 1239)

Based on 20,689 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: 76%Average: 87.3% 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 12.7% 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 90.3Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 119Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 16.2%. 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 654Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 647Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 20,689 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.6 Memory 90.3 95.5
104 1-Core 119 126
202 2-Core 234 248
85.5% 148 Pts
Min Avg Max
368 4-Core 456 488
500 8-Core 647 711
71.5% 552 Pts
Min Avg Max
537 64-Core 654 714
43.9% 654 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 93.6
1-Core 121
2-Core 239
88% 151 Pts
4-Core 482
8-Core 704
76% 593 Pts
64-Core 696
47% 696 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 92
1-Core 125
2-Core 248
89% 155 Pts
4-Core 489
8-Core 698
77% 593 Pts
64-Core 710
48% 710 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.7
1-Core 122
2-Core 243
88% 153 Pts
4-Core 477
8-Core 701
76% 589 Pts
64-Core 704
47% 704 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.4
1-Core 125
2-Core 242
89% 154 Pts
4-Core 477
8-Core 711
76% 594 Pts
64-Core 719
48% 719 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 94
1-Core 119
2-Core 237
87% 150 Pts
4-Core 464
8-Core 668
73% 566 Pts
64-Core 644
43% 644 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.4
1-Core 117
2-Core 233
86% 148 Pts
4-Core 449
8-Core 619
69% 534 Pts
64-Core 659
44% 659 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.7
1-Core 116
2-Core 229
84% 144 Pts
4-Core 453
8-Core 584
68% 519 Pts
64-Core 652
44% 652 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.6
1-Core 108
2-Core 237
83% 144 Pts
4-Core 436
8-Core 613
68% 525 Pts
64-Core 597
40% 597 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 60.6
1-Core 120
2-Core 237
76% 139 Pts
4-Core 461
8-Core 607
70% 534 Pts
64-Core 582
39% 582 Pts
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Gaming 16%
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Desktop
Desktop 71%
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Workstation
Workstation 49%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 3060

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 93% - Outstanding Total price: $224

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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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27 days ago.

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


Good

6 months ago.

It's alright I guess. Would buy AMD.


Good

2 years ago.


Average

4 months ago.

Fine processor. But not a great value.


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