Average Bench: 71.9% (243rd of 1239)

more Based on 54,791 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, , 0000000000000000, 1FABFBFF000206A7, BFEBFBFF000206A6 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 59%Average: 71.9% Great: 77%
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Good average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500 averaged 28.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 88.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 88.8Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500 is just 17.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-2500 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 328Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 326Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 54,791 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.4 Memory 88.2 92.9
72.6 1-Core 88.8 96.5
138 2-Core 174 187
70.7% 117 Pts
Min Avg Max
216 4-Core 322 359
227 8-Core 326 359
44.2% 324 Pts
Min Avg Max
228 64-Core 328 361
22% 328 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.7
1-Core 93.2
2-Core 183
75% 123 Pts
4-Core 353
8-Core 353
48% 353 Pts
64-Core 352
24% 352 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.6
1-Core 82.7
2-Core 182
71% 119 Pts
4-Core 352
8-Core 350
48% 351 Pts
64-Core 354
24% 354 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 92
1-Core 91.2
2-Core 178
73% 121 Pts
4-Core 346
8-Core 360
48% 353 Pts
64-Core 353
24% 353 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.2
1-Core 89.6
2-Core 179
72% 120 Pts
4-Core 353
8-Core 350
48% 352 Pts
64-Core 348
23% 348 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.6
1-Core 91.4
2-Core 181
72% 120 Pts
4-Core 341
8-Core 342
47% 342 Pts
64-Core 332
22% 332 Pts
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Typical Core i5-2500 Builds (Compare 11,713 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 59%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 37%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $130

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-2500 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'11
Processor Numberi5-2500
# of Cores4
# of Threads4
Cache6 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.7 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP95 W
Expected DiscontinuanceQ1'2013

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency850 MHz
Wireless DisplayNo
# of Displays Supported2
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.1 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1066/1333
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth21 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

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
vPro TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedLGA1155

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechYes

 Comments

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Good

16 days ago.

very good cpu in 2019 for price


Excellent

20 days ago.

Really good cpu but requires a good coolor to keep the cpu at goodd temperature


Terrible

22 days ago.

Yeah ok it wont connect to some GPU...


Good

13 days ago.

CPU still great performance in 2018


Poor

2 months ago.

It was a great CPU for its price, still running after more than 6 years


Excellent

6 months ago.

still performing well with an rx570 1080p 60 fps in almost all games


Poor

7 months ago.

IntelR Core(TM)i5-2500 CRU @ 3-30GHz 3-30 GHz


Excellent

2 years ago.

optimal performance + stable at all times


Excellent

17 months ago.

This had the best price point for a long time and worked well for that money


Average

14 months ago.

A good cpu , even though not overclockable , paired with a good gpu it can handle most games at decent setting


Good

16 months ago.

too much power


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