Intel Core i5-6500 vs Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5

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Intel Core i5-6500 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Core i5-6500 and the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Intel Core i5-6500 4 core processor released in Q3/2015 with the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 which has 4 CPU cores and was introduced in Q4/2015.
Intel Core i5 (331) Family Intel Xeon E3 (43)
Intel Core i 6000 (24) CPU group Intel Xeon E3 v5 (17)
6 Generation 5
Skylake S Architecture Skylake S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
Intel Core i5-7500 Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i5-6500 is a 4 core processor with a clock frequency of 3.20 GHz (3.60 GHz). The processor can compute 4 threads at the same time. The Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 clocks with 3.40 GHz (3.80 GHz), has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel.

Intel Core i5-6500 Characteristic Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4 Cores 4
4 Threads 8
normal Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
3.20 GHz Frequency 3.40 GHz
3.60 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.80 GHz
3.40 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.60 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Intel Core i5-6500 Characteristic Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

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

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

Memory & PCIe

Up to 64 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Intel Core i5-6500, while the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 supports a maximum of 64 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 34.1 GB/s enabled.

Intel Core i5-6500 Characteristic Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
DDR4-2133 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
No ECC Yes
-- L2 Cache --
6.00 MB L3 Cache 8.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 16
15.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 15.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i5-6500 has a TDP of 65 W. The TDP of the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 is 80 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Core i5-6500 Characteristic Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
65 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 80 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Intel Core i5-6500 has 6.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 14 nm. The cache of Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 is at 8.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 14 nm.

Intel Core i5-6500 Characteristic Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
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 Q4/2015
250 $ Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-6500 (89%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 6 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-6500 (69%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 (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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
923 (95%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
975 (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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
3097 (64%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
4832 (100%)

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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
902 (80%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
1128 (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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
2956 (68%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
4362 (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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
1186 (85%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
1402 (100%)

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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
3305 (69%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
4786 (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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
5642 (71%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
7995 (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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
1453 (71%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
2048 (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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
153 (94%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
163 (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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
565 (71%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
799 (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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
56 (100%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
222 (100%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
354 (100%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
1299 (100%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
Intel HD Graphics 530 @ 1.15 GHz
442 (100%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
@ 0.00 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
57 (100%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
642.1 (100%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
0 (0%)

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 i5-6500 Intel Core i5-6500
4C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
383 (100%)
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Core i5-6500 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5
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