Average Bench: 71.2% (272nd of 1264)

more Based on 49,883 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: 57%Average: 71.2% Great: 77%
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Good average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500 averaged 28.8% 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 86.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 89Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500 is just 20%. 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 327Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 49,883 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.9 Memory 86.9 92.8
73.2 1-Core 89 96.8
142 2-Core 174 188
70.3% 117 Pts
Min Avg Max
203 4-Core 322 359
223 8-Core 327 362
44.2% 324 Pts
Min Avg Max
214 64-Core 328 362
22% 328 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 86.4
1-Core 96
2-Core 186
73% 123 Pts
4-Core 350
8-Core 350
48% 350 Pts
64-Core 356
24% 356 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.6
1-Core 92.9
2-Core 184
72% 120 Pts
4-Core 353
8-Core 357
48% 355 Pts
64-Core 362
24% 362 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.1
1-Core 87.6
2-Core 174
68% 114 Pts
4-Core 355
8-Core 348
48% 351 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 77.3
1-Core 89.8
2-Core 166
66% 111 Pts
4-Core 333
8-Core 334
46% 334 Pts
64-Core 309
21% 309 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.2
1-Core 83.4
2-Core 168
69% 114 Pts
4-Core 253
8-Core 299
37% 276 Pts
64-Core 287
19% 287 Pts
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Typical Core i5-2500 Builds (Compare 3,769 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 6%
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Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Excellent Total price: $93

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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

5 hrs ago.

very good cpu in 2019 for price


Good

2 months ago.

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


Poor

3 months ago.

Yeah ok it wont connect to some GPU...


Good

4 months ago.

CPU still great performance in 2018


Good

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

25 days ago.

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


Poor

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

optimal performance + stable at all times


Excellent

21 months ago.

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


Average

18 months ago.

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


Good

20 months ago.

too much power


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