Intel Core i7-2600 vs Intel Core i5-2500

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Intel Core i7-2600 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-2500
Intel Core i7-2600 Intel Core i5-2500

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Core i7-2600 and the Intel Core i5-2500 and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Intel Core i7-2600 4 core processor released in Q1/2011 with the Intel Core i5-2500 which has 4 CPU cores and was introduced in Q1/2011.
Intel Core i7 (298) Family Intel Core i5 (331)
Intel Core i 2000 (28) CPU group Intel Core i 2000 (28)
2 Generation 2
Sandy Bridge S Architecture Sandy Bridge S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
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-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i7-2600 is a 4 core processor with a clock frequency of 3.40 GHz (3.80 GHz). The processor can compute 8 threads at the same time. The Intel Core i5-2500 clocks with 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz), has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 4 threads in parallel.

Intel Core i7-2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
4 Cores 4
8 Threads 4
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
3.40 GHz Frequency 3.30 GHz
3.80 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.70 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (All Cores) --

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 i7-2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
-- 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 2000 GPU Intel HD Graphics 2000
0.85 GHz GPU frequency 0.85 GHz
1.35 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.10 GHz
6 GPU Generation 6
32 nm Technology 32 nm
2 Max. displays 2
6 Compute units 6
48 Shader 48
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
2 GB Max. GPU Memory 2 GB
10.1 DirectX Version 10.1

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 2000 GPU Intel HD Graphics 2000
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
No Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIe

Up to 32 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Intel Core i7-2600, while the Intel Core i5-2500 supports a maximum of 32 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 21.3 GB/s enabled.

Intel Core i7-2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 Memory DDR3-1333
32 GB Max. Memory 32 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
21.3 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 21.3 GB/s
No ECC No
1.00 MB L2 Cache --
8.00 MB L3 Cache 6.00 MB
2.0 PCIe version 2.0
16 PCIe lanes 16
8.0 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 8.0 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i7-2600 has a TDP of 95 W. The TDP of the Intel Core i5-2500 is 95 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Core i7-2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
95 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 95 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Intel Core i7-2600 has 9.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 32 nm. The cache of Intel Core i5-2500 is at 6.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 32 nm.

Intel Core i7-2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-2500
32 nm Technology 32 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, AVX
LGA 1155 Socket LGA 1155
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q1/2011 Release date Q1/2011
270 $ Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i7-2600 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 (96%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 5 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i7-2600 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 (81%)

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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
759 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
697 (92%)

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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
3289 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2531 (77%)

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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
772 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
737 (95%)

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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
2874 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2425 (84%)

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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
659 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
633 (96%)

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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
2169 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1845 (85%)

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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
Intel HD Graphics 2000 @ 1.35 GHz
130 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
Intel HD Graphics 2000 @ 1.10 GHz
106 (81%)

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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
5332 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
4150 (78%)

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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
337 (99%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
340 (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 i7-2600 Intel Core i7-2600
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
1658 (100%)
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1313 (79%)

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