Average Bench: 81.4% (49th of 1184)

Based on 13,110 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: 69%Average: 81.4% Great: 86%
Gaming
Gaming 81%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-8500 averaged just 18.5% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 120Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 238Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8500 is just 17.1%. 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 667Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 661Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 13,110 samples)
Min Avg Max
109 1-Core 120 126
215 2-Core 238 248
84.3% 179 Pts
Min Avg Max
405 4-Core 464 491
526 8-Core 661 716
72.9% 563 Pts
Min Avg Max
547 64-Core 667 716
44.8% 667 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
1-Core 127
2-Core 249
89% 188 Pts
4-Core 493
8-Core 721
78% 607 Pts
64-Core 720
48% 720 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 121
2-Core 239
85% 180 Pts
4-Core 480
8-Core 689
76% 585 Pts
64-Core 671
45% 671 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 124
2-Core 245
87% 185 Pts
4-Core 481
8-Core 682
75% 581 Pts
64-Core 666
45% 666 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 123
2-Core 245
87% 184 Pts
4-Core 482
8-Core 672
75% 577 Pts
64-Core 670
45% 670 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 122
2-Core 242
86% 182 Pts
4-Core 478
8-Core 661
74% 569 Pts
64-Core 703
47% 703 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 121
2-Core 241
85% 181 Pts
4-Core 470
8-Core 691
75% 580 Pts
64-Core 689
46% 689 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 123
2-Core 239
85% 181 Pts
4-Core 470
8-Core 655
73% 562 Pts
64-Core 658
44% 658 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 114
2-Core 227
80% 171 Pts
4-Core 455
8-Core 631
71% 543 Pts
64-Core 635
43% 635 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 116
2-Core 216
79% 166 Pts
4-Core 444
8-Core 694
73% 569 Pts
64-Core 698
47% 698 Pts
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Gaming 16%
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Desktop
Desktop 68%
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Workstation
Workstation 42%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 3060

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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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18 days ago.

Cheaper and better for gaming than some i7s


Poor

1 month ago.

it trash boi


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19 months ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

good


Terrible

8 months ago.

Intel NO!


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