Intel Core i3-6100 vs Intel Core i5-6500

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Intel Core i3-6100 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-6500
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i5-6500

CPU comparison

Intel Core i3-6100 or Intel Core i5-6500 - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Intel Core i3-6100 has 2 cores with 4 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.70 GHz. Up to 64 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i3-6100 was released in Q3/2015.

The Intel Core i5-6500 has 4 cores with 4 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.60 GHz. The CPU supports up to 64 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i5-6500 was released in Q3/2015.
Intel Core i3 (202) Family Intel Core i5 (328)
Intel Core i 6000 (24) CPU group Intel Core i 6000 (24)
6 Generation 6
Skylake S Architecture Skylake S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
Intel Core i3-7100 Successor Intel Core i5-7500

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i3-6100 has 2 CPU cores and can calculate 4 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i3-6100 is 3.70 GHz while the Intel Core i5-6500 has 4 CPU cores and 4 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-6500 is at 3.20 GHz (3.60 GHz).

Intel Core i3-6100 Characteristic Intel Core i5-6500
2 Cores 4
4 Threads 4
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
3.70 GHz Frequency 3.20 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.60 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.40 GHz

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

Intel Core i3-6100 Characteristic Intel Core i5-6500
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

The Intel Core i3-6100 or Intel Core i5-6500 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU Intel HD Graphics 530
0.35 GHz GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
1.15 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.15 GHz
9 GPU Generation 9
14 nm Technology 14 nm
3 Max. displays 3
24 Compute units 24
192 Shader 192
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
32 GB Max. GPU Memory 32 GB
12 DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU Intel HD Graphics 530
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VP9 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i3-6100 can use up to 64 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 34.1 GB/s. The Intel Core i5-6500 supports up to 64 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 34.1 GB/s.

Intel Core i3-6100 Characteristic Intel Core i5-6500
DDR4-2133, DDR3-1600 Memory DDR4-2133
64 GB Max. Memory 64 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
34.1 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 34.1 GB/s
Yes ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
3.00 MB L3 Cache 6.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 16
15.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 15.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the Intel Core i3-6100 is 51 W, while the Intel Core i5-6500 has a TDP of 65 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

Intel Core i3-6100 Characteristic Intel Core i5-6500
51 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 65 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Intel Core i3-6100 is manufactured in 14 nm and has 3.00 MB cache. The Intel Core i5-6500 is manufactured in 14 nm and has a 6.00 MB cache.

Intel Core i3-6100 Characteristic Intel Core i5-6500
14 nm Technology 14 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
LGA 1151 Socket LGA 1151
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q3/2015 Release date Q3/2015
117 $ Release price 250 $
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
901 (100%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
902 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
2064 (70%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
2956 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
1208 (100%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
1186 (98%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
2355 (71%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
3305 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
368 (100%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
354 (96%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
916 (71%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
1299 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
Intel HD Graphics 530 @ 1.15 GHz
442 (100%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
Intel HD Graphics 530 @ 1.15 GHz
442 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
4148 (74%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
5642 (100%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
947.2 (100%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
642.1 (68%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
357 (93%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
383 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
1045 (72%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
1453 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
152 (99%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
153 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
392 (69%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
565 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
56 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
222 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
923 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
3097 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i3-6100
2C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
57 (100%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Core i3-6100 Intel Core i5-6500
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