Intel Core i5-2500K: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i5-2500K

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i5-2500K sales 9 January 2011 at a recommended price of $289. 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 an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is LGA1155 processor with a TDP of 95 Watt. It supports DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 5.02 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

General info

Of Core i5-2500K processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
16.98
 
Type
Desktop
 
Series
Core i5 (Desktop)
 
Architecture codename
Sandy Bridge
 
Release date
9 January 2011
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$289
 
Price now
$124
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i5-2500K's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i5-2500K's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
4
 
Number of threads
4
 
Base frequency
3.3 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Maximum frequency
3.7 GHz
 
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
of 8192 (Opteron 3380)
L3 cache
6144 KB (shared)
 
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
Die size
216 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
73 °C
 
of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Transistor count
1,160 million
 
of 19200 (Ryzen 7 3700)
64 bit support
+
 
Unlocked
+
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i5-2500K compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
Socket
LGA1155
 
Power consumption (TDP)
95 Watt
 
of 650 (Atom Z500)

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-2500K. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX
 
AES-NI
+
 
AVX
+
 
vPro
-
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
Hyper-Threading
-
 
Idle States
+
 
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
Flex Memory Access
+
 
FDI
+
 
Fast Memory Access
+
 

Security technologies

Core i5-2500K technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
EDB
+
 
Identity Protection
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-2500K are enumerated here.
VT-d
-
 
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-2500K.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
Max memory channels
2
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
21 GB/s
 
of 262.26 (Xeon Platinum 9221)

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i5-2500K.
Integrated graphics
 
Quick Sync
+
 
Clear Video HD
+
 
Graphics max frequency
1.1 GHz
 
InTru 3D
+
 

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-2500K's integrated GPU.
Number of displays supported
2
 

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of Core i5-2500K's supported peripherals.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i5-2500K. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

5.02

3DMark06 CPU

5853

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

4773

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

15956

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

5.4

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

122

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

470

Passmark

4081

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

5650

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i5-2500K. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
14 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i5-2500K is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i5-2500K performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

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

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