Average Bench: 71.3% (332nd of 1358)

more Based on 74,869 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: 71.3% Great: 78%
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Good average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500 averaged 28.7% 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 85.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 91.5Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500 is 20.4%. 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 340Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 338Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 74,869 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.6 Memory 85.2 92.6
74 1-Core 91.5 99.5
138 2-Core 178 193
70.9% 118 Pts
Min Avg Max
220 4-Core 332 369
244 8-Core 338 370
45.7% 335 Pts
Min Avg Max
253 64-Core 340 370
22.8% 340 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.8
1-Core 91.5
2-Core 178
72% 120 Pts
4-Core 353
8-Core 358
48% 355 Pts
64-Core 359
24% 359 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 90
1-Core 89.2
2-Core 179
72% 119 Pts
4-Core 340
8-Core 346
47% 343 Pts
64-Core 357
24% 357 Pts
SKTH, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.5
1-Core 92.8
2-Core 190
72% 122 Pts
4-Core 364
8-Core 339
49% 352 Pts
64-Core 354
24% 354 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.5
1-Core 88.7
2-Core 164
68% 112 Pts
4-Core 350
8-Core 324
47% 337 Pts
64-Core 357
24% 357 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.4
1-Core 82.8
2-Core 166
67% 111 Pts
4-Core 308
8-Core 318
43% 313 Pts
64-Core 318
21% 318 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 89
1-Core 89.1
2-Core 178
72% 119 Pts
4-Core 264
8-Core 220
34% 242 Pts
64-Core 280
19% 280 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.2
1-Core 90.9
2-Core 178
69% 116 Pts
4-Core 275
8-Core 293
38% 284 Pts
64-Core 303
20% 303 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 66.8
1-Core 75.2
2-Core 155
58% 99 Pts
4-Core 332
8-Core 331
46% 332 Pts
64-Core 312
21% 312 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 2.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.1
1-Core 97.7
2-Core 165
72% 117 Pts
4-Core 198
8-Core 187
26% 193 Pts
64-Core 183
12% 183 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 54,507,666 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i5-2500 Builds (Compare 9,900 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 6%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 27% - Poor Total price: $22

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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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3 months ago.

After 11 years it has still the horsepower to keep up with modern intel 11th gen mobile U processors.


Poor

13 days ago.

very good cpu in 2019 for price


Poor

7 months ago.

9 years old and still going strong....


Excellent

3 months ago.

Yeah ok it wont connect to some GPU...


Poor

9 days ago.

Best CPU ever for games on 2018 your old! :D


Good

5 months ago.

It's old. It's not the most power-efficient CPU today. But it has 4 full cores and it's dirt cheap. Using it in my 24/7 server since 2017.


Poor

1 month ago.

juegos del 2017 para abajo todo en ultra a 1080p 60fps. En los actuales ya se queda cortito.


Excellent

10 months ago.

CPU still great performance in 2018


Poor

11 months ago.

A very good option for budget gaming in Latin America


Average

19 months ago.

Good CPU, i still use it for gaming @1080p


Excellent

21 months ago.

i use it for rendering and its grate.


Excellent

20 months ago.

this cpu is so faster at 3.3ghz 3.7ghz oll core it has got 144 fps in low grafiks at fortnite


Excellent

5 years ago.

optimal performance + stable at all times


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Average

3 years ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.

too much power


Excellent

19 months ago.

still pretty good for most games


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