Intel Core i5-2500k Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Intel Core i5-2500k is a 4 core processor. It can handle 4 threads simultaneously and was introduced in Q1/2011. The Intel Core i5-2500k is based on the 2. generation of the Intel Core i5 series and requires a mainboard with the socket LGA 1155. The Intel Core i5-2500k scores 760 points with one CPU core in the Geekbench 5 benchmark. When using all CPU cores, the result is 2,537 points.
Intel Core i5-2500k

CPU lineage

Here you can see which group the Intel Core i5-2500k belongs to and which processor is the predecessor of the Intel Core i5-2500k.

Name: Intel Core i5-2500k
Family: Intel Core i5 (328)
CPU group: Intel Core i 2000 (28)
Architecture: Sandy Bridge S
Segment: Desktop / Server
Generation: 2
Predecessor: --
Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The 4 CPU cores of the Intel Core i5-2500k clock with 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz). The number of CPU cores and the clock frequency of the processor are largely responsible for the overall performance.

CPU Cores / Threads: 4 / 4
Core architecture: normal
Cores: 4x
Hyperthreading / SMT: No
Overclocking: Yes
Frequency: 3.30 GHz
Turbo Frequency (1 Core): 3.70 GHz
Turbo Frequency (4 Cores): 3.70 GHz

Internal Graphics

With the Intel HD Graphics 3000, the Intel Core i5-2500k has an build in graphic solution. It has 12 SM processors, which have a total of 96 texture shaders. The iGPU not only enables games, but also significantly accelerates video playback.

GPU name: Intel HD Graphics 3000
GPU frequency: 0.85 GHz
GPU (Turbo): 1.10 GHz
Compute units: 12
Shader: 96
Hardware Raytracing: No
Release date: Q1/2011
Max. displays: 2
Generation: 6
Direct X: 10.1
Technology: 32 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 2 GB
Frame Generation: No

Hardware codec support

Processors that have an integrated graphics can play videos faster and more efficiently. This can have a positive effect on the battery life of notebooks, for example.

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

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i5-2500k supports up to 32 GB memory in up to 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. This results in a maximum memory bandwidth of 21.3 GB/s.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
DDR3-1333
21.3 GB/s
Max. Memory: 32 GB
Memory channels: 2 (Dual Channel)
ECC: No
PCIe: 2.0 x 16
PCIe Bandwidth: 8.0 GB/s

Thermal Management

With the TDP, the processor manufacturer specifies the cooling solution required for the processor. The Intel Core i5-2500k has a TDP of 95 W.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 95 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: --

Technical details

The Intel Core i5-2500k has a 6.00 MB large cache. The processor is manufactured in 32 nm. Modern production increases the efficiency of the processor.

Technology: 32 nm
Chip design: Monolithic
Socket: LGA 1155
L2-Cache: --
L3-Cache: 6.00 MB
AES-NI: Yes
Operating systems: Windows 10, Linux
Virtualization: VT-x, VT-x EPT
Instruction set (ISA): x86-64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions: SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
Release date: Q1/2011
Release price: --
Part Number: --
Documents: Technical data sheet

Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Intel Core i5-2500k have been carefully checked by us. We only publish benchmark results that have been created by us or that have been submitted by a visitor and then checked by a team member. All results are based on and fullfill our benchmark guidelines.


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 i7-7Y75 Intel Core i7-7Y75
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
723
Intel Core i5-6200U Intel Core i5-6200U
2C 4T @ 2.80 GHz
716
Intel Core M-5Y71 Intel Core M-5Y71
2C 4T @ 2.90 GHz
714
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
697
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
697
Intel Core i5-5287U Intel Core i5-5287U
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
697
Intel Core i7-2860QM Intel Core i7-2860QM
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
696

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 i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2531
Intel Core i7-7567U Intel Core i7-7567U
2C 4T @ 3.90 GHz
2501
Intel Core i5-4590T Intel Core i5-4590T
4C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
2466
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
2450
Intel Core i7-2760QM Intel Core i7-2760QM
4C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
2379
Intel Pentium G4560 Intel Pentium G4560
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
2344
Intel Core i3-10110U Intel Core i3-10110U
2C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
2327

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 i7-4500U Intel Core i7-4500U
2C 4T @ 3.00 GHz
762
AMD EPYC 7301 AMD EPYC 7301
16C 32T @ 2.70 GHz
761
Intel Xeon D-1541 Intel Xeon D-1541
8C 16T @ 2.70 GHz
761
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
760
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen. 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen. 2
8C 8T @ 3.15 GHz
760
Intel Celeron G5900E Intel Celeron G5900E
2C 2T @ 3.20 GHz
760
Intel Core i7-3770T Intel Core i7-3770T
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
760

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 Celeron G6900 Intel Celeron G6900
2C 2T @ 3.40 GHz
2547
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U
4C 4T @ 2.10 GHz
2544
Intel Core i5-4440S Intel Core i5-4440S
4C 4T @ 2.80 GHz
2540
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
2537
Intel Core i5-3550S Intel Core i5-3550S
4C 4T @ 3.00 GHz
2528
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
2524
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
2524

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 Celeron G3920 Intel Celeron G3920
2C 2T @ 2.90 GHz
652
Intel Celeron G3930 Intel Celeron G3930
2C 2T @ 2.90 GHz
652
Intel Core i3-L13G4 Intel Core i3-L13G4
5C 5T @ 2.80 GHz
652
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
651
Intel Pentium G4500T Intel Pentium G4500T
2C 2T @ 3.00 GHz
649
Intel Core i7-3635QM Intel Core i7-3635QM
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
646
Intel Core i7-3630QM Intel Core i7-3630QM
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
646

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 i5-5257U Intel Core i5-5257U
2C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
1964
Intel Core i5-3350P Intel Core i5-3350P
4C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
1962
Intel Core i7-3612QM Intel Core i7-3612QM
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
1955
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
1948
Intel Core i7-3612QE Intel Core i7-3612QE
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
1948
Intel Core i5-4210M Intel Core i5-4210M
2C 4T @ 2.60 GHz
1947
Intel Core i5-6198DU Intel Core i5-6198DU
2C 4T @ 2.70 GHz
1945

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 Xeon E5-2695 v3 Intel Xeon E5-2695 v3
14C 28T @ 3.30 GHz
264
Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
263
Intel Xeon E5-2680 v3 Intel Xeon E5-2680 v3
12C 24T @ 3.30 GHz
263
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
262
Intel Core i7-3770T Intel Core i7-3770T
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
262
Intel Core i7-4500U Intel Core i7-4500U
2C 4T @ 3.00 GHz
261
Intel Core i7-4700HQ Intel Core i7-4700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
261

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
Intel Pentium Gold G5500 Intel Pentium Gold G5500
2C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
916
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
6C 6T @ 3.30 GHz
913
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
894
AMD Athlon 3000G AMD Athlon 3000G
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
887
Intel Xeon X3440 Intel Xeon X3440
4C 8T @ 2.53 GHz
885
Intel Core i5-2400 Intel Core i5-2400
4C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
863

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.
AMD A4-3300M AMD A4-3300M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G @ 0.44 GHz
213
AMD A4-3310MX AMD A4-3310MX
AMD Radeon HD 6480G @ 0.44 GHz
213
AMD A4-3320M AMD A4-3320M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G @ 0.44 GHz
213
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.10 GHz
211
Intel Core i7-2670QM Intel Core i7-2670QM
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.10 GHz
211
Intel Core i7-2649M Intel Core i7-2649M
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.10 GHz
211
Intel Core i7-2629M Intel Core i7-2629M
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.10 GHz
211

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 Atom x6413E Intel Atom x6413E
4C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
4169
Intel Pentium Gold G6500 Intel Pentium Gold G6500
2C 4T @ 4.10 GHz
4166
Intel Core i3-7300T Intel Core i3-7300T
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
4160
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
4155
Intel Celeron N5095A Intel Celeron N5095A
4C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
4155
Intel Core i3-6098P Intel Core i3-6098P
2C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
4155
MediaTek Dimensity 810 MediaTek Dimensity 810
8C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
4154

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 i5-7300HQ Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
740.7
Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
741.6
Intel Core i7-8565U Intel Core i7-8565U
4C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
764.2
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
778.7
Intel Core i5-8365U Intel Core i5-8365U
4C 8T @ 2.60 GHz
781.3
AMD FX-9370 AMD FX-9370
8C 8T @ 4.70 GHz
787.9
AMD Ryzen 5 3450U AMD Ryzen 5 3450U
4C 8T @ 3.10 GHz
829

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 i5-4570 Intel Core i5-4570
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
377
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 AMD Ryzen 3 1200
4C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
375
Intel Core i3-7100 Intel Core i3-7100
2C 4T @ 3.90 GHz
375
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
372
Intel Core i5-3570 Intel Core i5-3570
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
372
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
369
Intel Core i7-3770 Intel Core i7-3770
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
368

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.
AMD FX-8320 AMD FX-8320
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1350
Intel Core i5-3470 Intel Core i5-3470
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
1350
Intel Core i5-7300HQ Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
1348
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1336
Intel Core i5-4440 Intel Core i5-4440
4C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
1327
Intel Core i7-930 Intel Core i7-930
4C 8T @ 2.80 GHz
1322
Intel Core i3-1115G4 Intel Core i3-1115G4
2C 4T @ 1.70 GHz
1320

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 i5-4440 Intel Core i5-4440
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
128
Intel Core i5-4670T Intel Core i5-4670T
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
128
Intel Core i7-2600K Intel Core i7-2600K
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
128
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
127
Intel Xeon E3-1270 Intel Xeon E3-1270
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
127
AMD Athlon 200GE AMD Athlon 200GE
2C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
127
Intel Celeron G3950 Intel Celeron G3950
2C 2T @ 3.00 GHz
127

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 i5-6500T Intel Core i5-6500T
4C 4T @ 2.80 GHz
464
Intel Core i5-4440 Intel Core i5-4440
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
462
Intel Core i5-4570S Intel Core i5-4570S
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
462
Intel Core i5-2500k Intel Core i5-2500k
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
461
AMD Phenom II X6 1065T AMD Phenom II X6 1065T
6C 6T @ 3.40 GHz
460
Intel Core i3-7350K Intel Core i3-7350K
2C 4T @ 4.20 GHz
458
AMD FX-6300 AMD FX-6300
6C 6T @ 4.10 GHz
456

Benchmarks


Description of the processor

The four-core processor Intel Core I5-2500K published in the first quarter of 2011 comes from the second generation of Intels Core i5 series. It is based on the "Sandy Bridge" architecture from Intels processor program and is manufactured in the 32 nanometer process. Performance is approximately at the level of an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, which appeared in the third quarter of 2010 and equipped with 6 processor cores.

The base clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-2500K is 3,30 Gigahertz. In turbomodus, the clock frequency of all cores can increase up to 3.70 gigahertz. The processor does not support hyperthreading, but can be overclocked if necessary. When overclocking, however, it must always be ensured for sufficient cooling of the processor. Here either a high-quality CPU cooler or a water cooling must be used. In the motherboard one must also make sure that it has installed the socket "LGA 1155".

The memory supports DDR3 modules with up to 1333 megahertz. The L3 cache of the Intel Core i5-2500K is 6.00 megabytes and supports fast data exchange between processor and memory.

In the Intel Core i5-2500K, graphics unit "Intel HD Graphics 3000" is integrated. This GPU has a basic clock frequency of 0.85 gigahertz. The maximum dynamic frequency, ie the clock frequency of the so-called turbomodus, is 1.10 gigahertz. The graphic unit of the Sixth Generation from Intels GPU program supports Microsofts DirectX 10.1 and Intels "Quick sync video" technology. In the image output, the parallel use of up to 2 monitors is possible.

PCI Express is supported in version 2.0 and offers a total of 16 lanes the ability to connect various additional cards to the processor. How many options there is also depends on the mainboard used.



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