Intel Core i5-2500k vs Intel Core i5-6500

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Intel Core i5-2500k CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-6500
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-6500
Intel Core i5 Family Intel Core i5
Intel Core i 2000 CPU group Intel Core i 6000
2 Generation 6
Sandy Bridge S Architecture Skylake S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor Intel Core i5-7500

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

In addition to the number of CPU cores and threads, you can see here whether the Intel Core i5-2500k or Intel Core i5-6500 can be overclocked. You will also find the clock frequencies of the processor (single-core and multi-core) here. The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor.

4 Cores 4
4 Threads 4
normal Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading No
Yes Overclocking ? No
3.30 GHz Frequency 3.20 GHz
3.70 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.60 GHz
3.70 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.40 GHz

Internal Graphics

The Intel Core i5-2500k 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. A processor with integrated graphics is also called APU (Accelerated Processing Unit).

Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU Intel HD Graphics 530
0.85 GHz GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
1.10 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.15 GHz
6 GPU Generation 9
32 nm Technology 14 nm
2 Max. displays 3
12 Execution units 24
96 Shader 192
Max. GPU Memory 64 GB
10.1 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.

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

Memory & PCIe

The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the processor. The memory bandwidth depends on several factors and is given in gigabytes per second.

Memory
32 GB Max. Memory 64 GB
2 Memory channels 2
-- Bandwidth --
No ECC No
L2 Cache
6.00 MB L3 Cache 6.00 MB
2.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 16

Thermal Management

The Thermal Design Power (TDP for short) specifies the necessary cooling solution to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually only gives a rough idea of the real consumption of a CPU.

95 W TDP (PL1) 65 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

Here you will find information on the size of the level 2 and level 3 cache of the Intel Core i5-2500k or Intel Core i5-6500 as well as a list of the processors ISA extensions. We have documented the architecture and the manufacturing technology for you as well as the release date.

32 nm Technology 14 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
LGA 1155 Socket LGA 1151
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q1/2011 Release date Q3/2015
165 $ Release price 250 $
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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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
697 (76%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
923 (100%)
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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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
2450 (79%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
3097 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core) results



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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
262 (74%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
354 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R20 (Single-Core) results



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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
894 (69%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
1299 (100%)
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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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
812 (90%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
902 (100%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core) results



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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
2679 (91%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
2956 (100%)
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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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
372 (97%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
383 (100%)
Show all CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core) results



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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1336 (92%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
1453 (100%)
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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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.10 GHz
211 (48%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
Intel HD Graphics 530 @ 1.15 GHz
442 (100%)
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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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
57 (100%)
Show all Blender 3.1 Benchmark results



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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
6405 (100%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
5674 (89%)
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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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
778.7 (100%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
642.1 (82%)
Show all Blender 2.81 (bmw27) results



V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark

V-Ray is a 3D rendering software from the manufacturer Chaos for designers and artists. Unlike many other render engines, V-Ray is capable of so-called hybrid rendering, in which the CPU and GPU work together at the same time.

However, the CPU benchmark we used (CPU Render Mode) only uses the system's processor. The working memory used plays a major role in the V-Ray benchmark. For our benchmarks we use the fastest RAM standard approved by the manufacturer (without overclocking).

Due to the high compatibility of V-Ray (including Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, Unreal Engine and Blender), it is a frequently used software. With V-Ray, for example, photorealistic images can be rendered that laypeople cannot distinguish from normal photos.

Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
2522 (100%)
Show all V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark results



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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
127 (83%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
153 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R15 (Single-Core) results



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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
461 (82%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
565 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core) results



Geekbench 3, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 3 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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
3158 (83%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
3827 (100%)
Show all Geekbench 3, 64bit (Single-Core) results



Geekbench 3, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 3 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 i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
9970 (87%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
11448 (100%)
Show all Geekbench 3, 64bit (Multi-Core) results



Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
1.54 (84%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
1.83 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core) results



Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
5.42 (88%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
6.16 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core) results



Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (iGPU, OpenGL)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The iGPU test uses the CPU internal graphic unit to execute OpenGL commands.

Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.10 GHz
22.4 (62%)
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
Intel HD Graphics 530 @ 1.15 GHz
36.2 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (iGPU, OpenGL) results



Devices using this processor

Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-6500
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