Average Bench: 62.9% (550th of 1459)

more Based on 82,538 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: 47%Average: 62.9% Great: 72%
Gaming 63%
Desktop 68%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 46%

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500 averaged 37.1% 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.


Avg. Memory Latency 80.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 83.1Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500 is 25.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-2500 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 282Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 279Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 82,538 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.5 Memory 80.2 91.5
48.4 1-Core 83.1 92.4
90.4 2-Core 162 181
63.9% 108 Pts
Min Avg Max
154 4-Core 262 327
179 8-Core 279 334
35.8% 271 Pts
Min Avg Max
170 64-Core 282 334
17.4% 282 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155 CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.2
1-Core 88.1
2-Core 179
71% 119 Pts
4-Core 343
8-Core 341
46% 342 Pts
64-Core 310
19% 310 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.1
1-Core 90.9
2-Core 176
70% 119 Pts
4-Core 333
8-Core 334
45% 333 Pts
64-Core 332
20% 332 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.1
1-Core 90.4
2-Core 178
69% 118 Pts
4-Core 343
8-Core 340
46% 342 Pts
64-Core 342
21% 342 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.5
1-Core 82.9
2-Core 166
66% 111 Pts
4-Core 328
8-Core 318
44% 323 Pts
64-Core 330
20% 330 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.4
1-Core 87.3
2-Core 164
68% 114 Pts
4-Core 268
8-Core 277
36% 272 Pts
64-Core 339
21% 339 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 74
1-Core 89.4
2-Core 176
65% 113 Pts
4-Core 330
8-Core 331
44% 331 Pts
64-Core 328
20% 328 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 5.9 GHz, turbo 6.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 79
1-Core 86.9
2-Core 175
66% 114 Pts
4-Core 302
8-Core 297
40% 299 Pts
64-Core 318
20% 318 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 1.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.5
1-Core 52.3
2-Core 81.8
47% 70.5 Pts
4-Core 157
8-Core 154
21% 156 Pts
64-Core 154
10% 154 Pts
SKTH, 1 CPU, 1 cores, 1 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.1
1-Core 74.4
2-Core 81.9
54% 79.5 Pts
4-Core 74.7
8-Core 77.1
10% 75.9 Pts
64-Core 79.5
5% 79.5 Pts
82,538 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 68,257,432 CPUs tested

Typical Core i5-2500 Builds (Compare 4,013 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming 6%
Tree trunk
Desktop 58%
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 21% - Poor Total price: $28

Popular Core i5-2500 compatible motherboards:

How Fast Is Your CPU? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute

Welcome to our PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best value for money upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchmark
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency
  • - SkillBench (space shooter) tests user input accuracy
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC
  • - See speed test results from other users
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware
Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) July 2024 CPU Rankings

We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical users. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]


Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.



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


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


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

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechYes


Added n/a ago.


1 month ago.

very good cpu in 2019 for price


7 months ago.

@ 4.3GHz - MB Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 rev 2.0 - GC Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce - RAM 24 GB DDR3


12 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.


16 months ago.

Yeah ok it wont connect to some GPU...


2 years ago.

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


7 months ago.

CPU still great performance in 2018


29 days ago.

best cpu ever it serve me for 10 years


4 months ago.

in 2024 still powerful enough on windows 10 it is still performing great.i paired it with my gtx 1060 and I have played rdr 2 gow on 60 fps. Still I have no need of wasting my 250$$ on latest processors.it is still enough for all of my needs at great speed.


2 years ago.

A very good option for budget gaming in Latin America


3 years ago.

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


4 months ago.

i use it for rendering and its grate.


12 months ago.

It gave me huge performance over my i3-2100 CPU..I guess it was a worth upgrade for my little pc


6 years ago.

optimal performance + stable at all times


3 years ago.

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


4 years ago.

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


5 years ago.

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


5 years ago.

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


5 years ago.

too much power


3 years ago.

still pretty good for most games

1459 Processors (Compared) Thousands of user benchmarks compiled into one comparison list

See how consistently different CPUs perform with varying real world conditions. The charts also illustrate overall performance, popularity and rank.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

Why does UserBenchmark have a bad reputation on reddit?
Marketers operate thousands of reddit accounts. Our benchmarks expose their spiel so they attack our reputation.
Why don’t PC brands endorse UserBenchmark?
Brands make boatloads on flagships like the 4090 and 14900KS. We help users get similar real-world performance for less money.
Why don’t youtubers promote UserBenchmark?
We don't pay youtubers, so they don't praise us. Moreover, our data obstructs youtubers who promote overpriced or inferior products.
Why does UserBenchmark have negative trustpilot reviews?
The 200+ trustpilot reviews are mostly written by virgin marketing accounts. Real users don't give a monkey's about big brands.
Why is UserBenchmark popular with users?
Instead of pursuing brands for sponsorship, we've spent 13 years publishing real-world data for users.
The Best
Intel Core i5-12600K $154Nvidia RTX 4060 $285WD Black SN850X M.2 2TB $140
Intel Core i5-13600K $232Nvidia RTX 4060-Ti $374WD Black SN850X M.2 1TB $89
Intel Core i5-12400F $110Nvidia RTX 4070 $499Crucial T700 M.2 4TB $342
Today's hottest deals
If you buy something via a price link, UserBenchmark may earn a commission
About  •  User Guide  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer  •  YouTube Feedback