Average Bench: 63.5% (219th of 1158)

more Based on 37,358 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: 49%Average: 63.5% Great: 73%
Gaming 64%
Desktop 63%
Workstation 39%
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Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-2500 averaged 36.4% 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 326Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 325Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2500 is 23.9%. 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 37,358 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.9 SC Int 89.8 99
73.5 SC Float 90.1 98.8
74.9 SC Mixed 89.9 99.7
72% 90 Pts
Min Avg Max
222 QC Int 326 379
236 QC Float 327 374
232 QC Mixed 325 380
74% 326 Pts
Min Avg Max
262 MC Int 336 382
260 MC Float 335 383
259 MC Mixed 334 379
50.3% 335 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
SC Int 95.5
SC Float 96.1
SC Mixed 95.7
77% 95.8 Pts
QC Int 354
QC Float 356
QC Mixed 353
80% 354 Pts
MC Int 351
MC Float 360
MC Mixed 362
54% 358 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 93.7
SC Float 86.8
SC Mixed 95
74% 91.8 Pts
QC Int 353
QC Float 354
QC Mixed 354
80% 354 Pts
MC Int 356
MC Float 342
MC Mixed 351
52% 350 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 95
SC Float 95.4
SC Mixed 94.6
76% 95 Pts
QC Int 352
QC Float 350
QC Mixed 345
79% 349 Pts
MC Int 356
MC Float 350
MC Mixed 354
53% 353 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 83.4
SC Float 80.5
SC Mixed 87
67% 83.6 Pts
QC Int 321
QC Float 310
QC Mixed 327
72% 319 Pts
MC Int 348
MC Float 348
MC Mixed 342
52% 346 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
SC Int 85.8
SC Float 86.8
SC Mixed 86.7
69% 86.4 Pts
QC Int 317
QC Float 300
QC Mixed 311
70% 309 Pts
MC Int 345
MC Float 351
MC Mixed 350
52% 348 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 91.1
SC Float 70.7
SC Mixed 60.2
59% 74 Pts
QC Int 304
QC Float 316
QC Mixed 312
70% 311 Pts
MC Int 353
MC Float 348
MC Mixed 350
53% 351 Pts
Socket 1155, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 91.1
SC Float 91.6
SC Mixed 84.6
71% 89.1 Pts
QC Int 310
QC Float 315
QC Mixed 230
65% 285 Pts
MC Int 326
MC Float 320
MC Mixed 319
48% 322 Pts
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Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop 58%
Workstation 33%
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Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 990

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 107% - Outstanding Total price: $167

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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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6 days 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)


16 months ago.

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


4 months ago.

CPU still great performance in 2018


23 days ago.

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


21 months ago.

optimal performance + stable at all times


5 months ago.

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


2 months ago.

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


4 months ago.

too much power

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