Average Bench: 63.8% (227th of 1173)

more Based on 35,968 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: 50%Average: 63.8% Great: 71%
Gaming 64%
Desktop 63%
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500 averaged 36.1% 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.


Quad Core Integer Speed 330Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 328Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500 is 20.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-2500 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Multi Core Floating Point Speed 335Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 334Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 35,968 samples)
Min Avg Max
76.3 SC Int 89.2 98.2
71.9 SC Float 89.5 99.5
76.2 SC Mixed 89.5 98.6
71.5% 89.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
223 QC Int 330 370
235 QC Float 330 370
227 QC Mixed 328 368
74.6% 329 Pts
Min Avg Max
249 MC Int 336 376
255 MC Float 335 374
251 MC Mixed 334 376
50.2% 335 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 104
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 107
84% 106 Pts
QC Int 406
QC Float 408
QC Mixed 402
92% 405 Pts
MC Int 404
MC Float 406
MC Mixed 403
61% 404 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
SC Int 94
SC Float 95
SC Mixed 95.2
76% 94.7 Pts
QC Int 356
QC Float 333
QC Mixed 357
79% 349 Pts
MC Int 354
MC Float 357
MC Mixed 352
53% 355 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 93
SC Float 90.9
SC Mixed 93.5
74% 92.5 Pts
QC Int 354
QC Float 355
QC Mixed 350
80% 353 Pts
MC Int 353
MC Float 356
MC Mixed 350
53% 353 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 94.6
SC Float 94.9
SC Mixed 91.2
75% 93.6 Pts
QC Int 356
QC Float 351
QC Mixed 341
79% 349 Pts
MC Int 346
MC Float 344
MC Mixed 346
52% 346 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 73.8
SC Float 79.6
SC Mixed 85.6
64% 79.7 Pts
QC Int 187
QC Float 252
QC Mixed 348
59% 262 Pts
MC Int 288
MC Float 257
MC Mixed 270
41% 272 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 87.8
SC Float 89.7
SC Mixed 88.6
71% 88.7 Pts
QC Int 324
QC Float 304
QC Mixed 329
72% 319 Pts
MC Int 294
MC Float 302
MC Mixed 329
46% 308 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 85.1
SC Float 87.4
SC Mixed 77.2
67% 83.2 Pts
QC Int 266
QC Float 290
QC Mixed 307
65% 287 Pts
MC Int 310
MC Float 319
MC Mixed 319
47% 316 Pts
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Gaming 12%
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Desktop 58%
Workstation 33%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $236

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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


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16 days ago.

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


2 months ago.

Great value for money, £80 on Ebay gets you a fully refurbished Dell Optiplex 990 PC including HDD, RAM etc.! For another £150, you can get a used GTX 1060 3GB graphics card. Same price as a new GTX 1050 Ti and with 50% faster performance! Power using a SATA power to 6 pin adapter cable. Easily runs at 60 FPS @ 1080p high settings on most games (e.g. GTA V, Witcher 3)


1 month ago.

still rocking it in 2019, though might replace it next year


16 mins ago.

The Best


14 days ago.

Fast and very affordable refurbished desktops with this CPU cost as little as $75


26 days ago.

CPU still great performance in 2018


19 days ago.

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


23 months ago.

optimal performance + stable at all times


7 months ago.

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


4 months ago.

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


6 months ago.

too much power

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