Average Bench: 59.3% (251st of 1206)

more Based on 43,640 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: 48%Average: 59.3% Great: 66%
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat

Average average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500 averaged 40.7% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 90.2Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 176Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500 is just 18.3%. 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 336Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 335Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 43,640 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.5 1-Core 90.2 99.8
144 2-Core 176 195
62.8% 133 Pts
Min Avg Max
239 4-Core 331 375
246 8-Core 335 379
45.5% 333 Pts
Min Avg Max
251 64-Core 336 380
22.6% 336 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
1-Core 98
2-Core 195
69% 146 Pts
4-Core 383
8-Core 379
52% 381 Pts
64-Core 381
26% 381 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
1-Core 97.1
2-Core 193
68% 145 Pts
4-Core 381
8-Core 381
52% 381 Pts
64-Core 386
26% 386 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
1-Core 95.9
2-Core 186
67% 141 Pts
4-Core 354
8-Core 361
49% 357 Pts
64-Core 353
24% 353 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
1-Core 94.3
2-Core 184
66% 139 Pts
4-Core 355
8-Core 355
48% 355 Pts
64-Core 354
24% 354 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 93.6
2-Core 182
65% 138 Pts
4-Core 342
8-Core 354
47% 348 Pts
64-Core 343
23% 343 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 91.1
2-Core 181
64% 136 Pts
4-Core 349
8-Core 349
48% 349 Pts
64-Core 345
23% 345 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
1-Core 90.9
2-Core 180
64% 135 Pts
4-Core 325
8-Core 299
43% 312 Pts
64-Core 319
21% 319 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 24,103,998 CPUs tested.

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Typical Core i5-2500 Builds (Compare 9,803 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 29%
Raft

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 50% - Above average Total price: $212

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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

23 days ago.

very good cpu in 2019 for price


Good

1 month ago.

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


Average

5 months ago.

Yeah ok it wont connect to some GPU...


Good

7 months ago.

CPU still great performance in 2018


Good

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

still performing well with an rx570 1080p 60 fps in almost all games


Poor

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

optimal performance + stable at all times


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Average

10 months ago.

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


Good

12 months ago.

too much power


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