Average Bench: 64.3% (197th of 1137)

more Based on 26,813 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: 52%Average: 64.3% Great: 71%
Gaming
Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500 averaged 35.7% 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

Quad Core Integer Speed 331Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 331Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500 is just 19%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-2500 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 339Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 338Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 26,813 samples)
Min Avg Max
80 SC Int 89.7 99
76.7 SC Float 90.1 100
78.2 SC Mixed 89.9 99.3
71.9% 89.9 Pts
Min Avg Max
241 QC Int 331 375
245 QC Float 332 375
245 QC Mixed 331 372
75.1% 331 Pts
Min Avg Max
272 MC Int 338 380
279 MC Float 339 377
269 MC Mixed 338 380
50.8% 339 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
SC Int 107
SC Float 108
SC Mixed 108
86% 108 Pts
QC Int 422
QC Float 400
QC Mixed 410
93% 411 Pts
MC Int 416
MC Float 415
MC Mixed 412
62% 414 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96.2
SC Float 97.7
SC Mixed 97.6
78% 97.2 Pts
QC Int 310
QC Float 390
QC Mixed 380
81% 360 Pts
MC Int 356
MC Float 372
MC Mixed 372
55% 367 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 94.2
SC Float 94.7
SC Mixed 89.7
74% 92.9 Pts
QC Int 367
QC Float 370
QC Mixed 365
83% 367 Pts
MC Int 358
MC Float 360
MC Mixed 360
54% 359 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 91
SC Float 92.2
SC Mixed 90.3
73% 91.2 Pts
QC Int 344
QC Float 350
QC Mixed 352
79% 349 Pts
MC Int 342
MC Float 350
MC Mixed 342
52% 344 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 92
SC Float 93.7
SC Mixed 91.7
74% 92.5 Pts
QC Int 344
QC Float 338
QC Mixed 343
78% 342 Pts
MC Int 345
MC Float 342
MC Mixed 347
52% 344 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
SC Int 83.1
SC Float 85.4
SC Mixed 86.2
68% 84.9 Pts
QC Int 336
QC Float 339
QC Mixed 338
76% 338 Pts
MC Int 343
MC Float 342
MC Mixed 341
51% 342 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
SC Int 93.8
SC Float 95.5
SC Mixed 94.1
76% 94.5 Pts
QC Int 354
QC Float 351
QC Mixed 318
77% 341 Pts
MC Int 357
MC Float 356
MC Mixed 354
53% 356 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
SC Int 85.3
SC Float 88.9
SC Mixed 88.3
70% 87.5 Pts
QC Int 245
QC Float 219
QC Mixed 216
52% 227 Pts
MC Int 333
MC Float 265
MC Mixed 341
47% 313 Pts
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Typical Core i5-2500 Builds (Compare 4,565 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 58%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 97% - Outstanding Total price: $219

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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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Excellent

10 months ago.

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


Good

5 months ago.

CPU still great performance in 2018


Excellent

15 months ago.

optimal performance + stable at all times


Excellent

6 months ago.

A very good cpu , the first quad core cpu I have owned , I still use it , paired with a good gpu it can handle any game


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