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Intel Core i5-6500

The Intel Core i5-6500 is a mid-range quad-core desktop processor based on the Skylake architecture, which was announced in August 2015. The CPU, which is manufactured in a 14 nm process, runs at 3.2 - 3.6 GHz and does not support Hyperthreading (only 4 threads simultaneously).

Architecture

Intel uses Skylake to replace both Broadwell as well as Haswell and therefore uses one core design for all TDP classes between 4.5-45 Watts. Several improvements of the Skylake architecture include bigger Out-to-Order-Buffer, optimizations for pre-fetching as well as bigger gains by Hyperthreading. However, the changes are small for a "Tock" – a new micro architecture – in general, so the per-MHz performance is only between 5-10 % (compared to Haswell) or less than 5 % higher (compared to Broadwell), respectively.

Performance

The performance is similar to the old Core i5-3570K of the Sandy Bridge generation. Therefore, it should be sufficient even for demanding tasks.

Graphics

Graphics are handled by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 with 24 EUs (Execution Units), which is clocked at 350 - 1050 MHz. Compared to the HD Graphics 4600 (Haswell, 20 EUs), the performance is increased by around 25 percent. The overall GPU performance is still low-end, so modern games can, if at all, only be played smoothly with low settings.

Power Consumption

Intel specifies the TDP with 65 Watts.

SeriesIntel Core i5 (Desktop)
CodenameSkylake
Series: Core i5 (Desktop) Skylake
Intel Core i5-6600K compare3.5 - 3.9 GHz4 / 46 MB
» Intel Core i5-65003.2 - 3.6 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6600T compare2.7 - 3.5 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6400 compare2.7 - 3.3 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6500T compare2.5 - 3.1 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6400T compare2.2 - 2.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Clock Rate3200 - 3600 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache6 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)65 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
FeaturesDDR3(L)-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX-NI, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro
GPUIntel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Starting Price$192 U.S.
Announcement Date08/05/2015
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6500

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Other CPUs of the series Core i5 (Desktop)

» Intel Core i5-6600K
   4x 3.5 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4590
   4x 3.3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3570K
   4x 3.4 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6500
   4x 3.2 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3550
   4x 3.3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3470
   4x 3.2 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2500K
   4x 3.3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6600T
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4460
   4x 3.2 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4430
   4x 3 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6400
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6500T
   4x 2.5 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2400
   4x 3.1 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6400T
   4x 2.2 GHz - 2.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-750
   4x 2.66 GHz - 3.2 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i7-2600K
   4x 3.4 GHz - 3.8 GHz
+ Intel Xeon X5670
   6x 2.93 GHz - 3.33 GHz
+ Intel Xeon E3-1226 v3
   4x 3.3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-4590
   4x 3.3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-3570K
   4x 3.4 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6500
   4x 3.2 GHz - 3.6 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
   4x 3.5 GHz - 3.7 GHz
- Intel Core i5-3550
   4x 3.3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
- Intel Core i5-3470
   4x 3.2 GHz - 3.6 GHz
- AMD FX-8350
   8x 4 GHz - 4.2 GHz
- Intel Core i7-975
   4x 3.33 GHz - 3.6 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2017-02-11)