Average Bench: 70.7% (281st of 1276)

more Based on 62,675 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: 56%Average: 70.7% Great: 77%
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Good average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500 averaged 29.3% 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 86Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 88.9Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500 is 21.4%. 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 328Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 325Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 62,675 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.8 Memory 86 92.8
72.9 1-Core 88.9 97.1
132 2-Core 173 190
69.9% 116 Pts
Min Avg Max
202 4-Core 321 364
229 8-Core 325 364
44% 323 Pts
Min Avg Max
238 64-Core 328 364
22% 328 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.4
1-Core 105
2-Core 207
78% 133 Pts
4-Core 396
8-Core 397
54% 396 Pts
64-Core 402
27% 402 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.3
1-Core 90.3
2-Core 177
72% 119 Pts
4-Core 352
8-Core 352
48% 352 Pts
64-Core 351
24% 351 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
Memory 89
1-Core 81.2
2-Core 176
69% 115 Pts
4-Core 326
8-Core 326
45% 326 Pts
64-Core 302
20% 302 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.8
1-Core 86.1
2-Core 145
64% 104 Pts
4-Core 263
8-Core 317
38% 290 Pts
64-Core 316
21% 316 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.2
1-Core 64
2-Core 152
61% 100 Pts
4-Core 224
8-Core 285
34% 254 Pts
64-Core 303
20% 303 Pts
SKTH, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.4
1-Core 83.4
2-Core 155
66% 108 Pts
4-Core 222
8-Core 242
31% 232 Pts
64-Core 256
17% 256 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Memory 73.5
1-Core 61.6
2-Core 114
52% 83 Pts
4-Core 190
8-Core 260
29% 225 Pts
64-Core 265
18% 265 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,678,145 CPUs tested.

Typical Core i5-2500 Builds (Compare 5,549 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 6%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 5%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 20% - Very poor Total price: $32

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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

8 days ago.

very good cpu in 2019 for price


Good

1 day ago.

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


Excellent

15 days ago.

Yeah ok it wont connect to some GPU...


Good

1 month ago.

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


Good

8 months ago.

CPU still great performance in 2018


Average

3 months ago.

A very good option for budget gaming in Latin America


Average

21 days ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

i use it for rendering and its grate.


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Poor

15 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

optimal performance + stable at all times


Good

2 months ago.

Holds up surprisingly well, even by today's standards. It is very fast for a CPU from 2012 and adding a GPU it can make a decent combo for a cheap and somewhat fast computer.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Average

22 months ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

too much power


Excellent

23 days ago.

still pretty good for most games


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