Intel Core i5-650: specs and benchmarks



Intel started Core i5-650 sales 7 January 2010 at a recommended price of $35. This is a Clarkdale architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 2 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3460 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA1156 processor with a TDP of 73 Watt. It supports DDR3 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 1.45% of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WXRyzen ThreadripperPRO 7995WX

General info

Core i5-650 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking2032
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money4.93
Market segmentDesktop processor
Architecture codenameClarkdale (2010−2011)
Release date7 January 2010 (14 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$35of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$75 (2.1x MSRP)of 17802 (Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
Value for money

Performance per price, higher is better.

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 cores2 (Dual-core)
Base clock speed3.2 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed3.46 GHzof 6 (Core i9-13900KS)
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)of 36864 (Apple M2 Max)
L3 cache4 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithography32 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size81 mm2
Maximum core temperature73 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors382 millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 5 7645HX)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-


Information on Core i5-650 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)
Power consumption (TDP)73 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i5-650. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.2
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology1.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring-
Demand Based Switching-
PAE36 Bit

Security technologies

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


Virtualization technologies

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


Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-650's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3of 5600 (Ryzen 9 7940HS)
Maximum memory size16.38 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth21 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9124)

Graphics specifications

General parameters of a GPU integrated into Core i5-650.

Integrated graphics cardIntel® HD Graphics for Previous Generation Intel® Processors
Clear Video HD+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-650's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported2


Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2.0of 5 (Core i9-12900K)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i5-650. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Combined synthetic benchmark 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.


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.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i5-650 2240

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i5-650 452

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i5-650 920

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

Benchmark coverage: 4%

i5-650 6640

Gaming performance

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i5-650 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i5-650 is Athlon II X3 425e, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our ranking.

Athlon II X3 425eAthlon IIX3 425e

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-650:

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

i3-3225Core i33225
Athlon II X4 640Athlon IIX4 640
Athlon II X3 425eAthlon IIX3 425e
Athlon II X4 638Athlon IIX4 638
Phenom II X4 925Phenom IIX4 925
i3-3210Core i33210

Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core i5-650, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core i5-650 in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 7929 configurations based on Core i5-650 in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
0.5% (39/7929)
RTX 3090 Ti GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
0.09% (7/7929)
RX 6950 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT
0.03% (2/7929)
RTX 3080 Ti GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
0.1% (11/7929)
RTX 4070 GeForce RTX 4070
0.01% (1/7929)
RTX 3090 GeForce RTX 3090
0.05% (4/7929)
RTX 3080 GeForce RTX 3080
0.01% (1/7929)
RX 6800 XT Radeon RX 6800 XT
0.01% (1/7929)
RTX 3070 Ti GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
0.03% (2/7929)

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