Intel Core i5-2500: specs and benchmarks

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Year of release 2011
Performance 3.77

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i5-2500 sales 9 January 2011 at a recommended price of $85. This is Sandy Bridge architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3700 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is LGA1155 processor with a TDP of 95 Watt. It supports DDR3 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at

3.77%

of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX.

General info

Of Core i5-2500 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating1272
Value for money1.12
Market segmentDesktop processor
Architecture codenameSandy Bridge (2011−2013)
Release date9 January 2011 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$85of 305 (Core i7-870)
Price now$152 (1.8x MSRP)of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)
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Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores4 (Quad-Core)
Threads4
Base clock speed3.3 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed3.7 GHzof 5.5 (Core i9-12900KS)
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache6144 KB (shared)of 32768 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography32 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Die size216 mm2
Maximum core temperature73 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors1,160 millionof 57000 (Apple M1 Max)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-

Compatibility

Information on Core i5-2500 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketLGA1155
Thermal design power (TDP)95 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i5-2500. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX
AES-NI+
AVX+
vPro+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology-
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Flex Memory Access+
FDI+
Fast Memory Access+

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+
EDB+
Identity Protection+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-d+
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-2500's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3of 4800 (Ryzen 9 6980HX)
Maximum memory size32 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth21 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i5-2500.

Integrated graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 2000
Quick Sync Video+
Clear Video HD+
Graphics max frequency1.1 GHz
InTru 3D+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-2500's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported2

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2.0of 3 (Core i7-7700K)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i5-2500. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i5-2500 3.77
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Physics
  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i5-2500 4101

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

i5-2500 5650

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

i5-2500 701

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

i5-2500 2214

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i5-2500. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 7.5 Mh/s  

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i5-2500 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-2500 from AMD is FX-6300, which is faster by 1% and higher by 8 positions in our rating.

AMD FX-6300 FX 6300
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Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-2500:

AMD FX-6300 100.8
Intel Core i5-2500 100
AMD FX-6200 97.61
AMD A8-5500B 96.82

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