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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
Clock Rate3200 - 3600 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1024 KB
Level 3 Cache6144 KB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Max. 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
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x, VT-d
Starting Price $192 U.S.
Announcement Date08/05/2015
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6500

Benchmarks

Octane V2 - Total Score
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min: 34052     avg: 36488 (82%)     median: 36488 (82%)     max: 38924 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
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min: 142     avg: 146.5 (66%)     median: 146.5 (66%)     max: 151 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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min: 535     avg: 541.5 (29%)     median: 541.5 (29%)     max: 548 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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min: 11422     avg: 11749 (36%)     median: 11749 (36%)     max: 12076 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
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min: 3768     avg: 3855.5 (81%)     median: 3855.5 (81%)     max: 3943 Points
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
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min: 0.29     avg: 0.3 (17%)     median: 0.3 (17%)     max: 0.29 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
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min: 0.48     avg: 0.5 (28%)     median: 0.5 (28%)     max: 0.48 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
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min: 2.9     avg: 2.9 (28%)     median: 2.9 (28%)     max: 2.9 GB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
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min: 36.1     avg: 36.1 (36%)     median: 36.1 (36%)     max: 36.1 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
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min: 174.5     avg: 174.5 (76%)     median: 174.5 (76%)     max: 174.5 fps
WinRAR - Result
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min: 3100     avg: 3100 (37%)     median: 3100 (37%)     max: 3100 KB/s
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
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min: 331     avg: 331 (4%)     median: 331 (4%)     max: 331 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m
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min: 10.6     avg: 10.6 (2%)     median: 10.6 (2%)     max: 10.6 seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
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min: 6887     avg: 6887 (42%)     median: 6887 (42%)     max: 6887 points
3DMark 06 - CPU -
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min: 6653     avg: 6653 (62%)     median: 6653 (62%)     max: 6653 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
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min: 1.74     avg: 1.7 (26%)     median: 1.7 (26%)     max: 1.74 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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min: 6.35     avg: 6.4 (32%)     median: 6.4 (32%)     max: 6.35 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
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min: 5746     avg: 5746 (78%)     median: 5746 (78%)     max: 5746 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
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min: 19577     avg: 19577 (48%)     median: 19577 (48%)     max: 19577 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M -
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min: 10.4     avg: 10.4 (2%)     median: 10.4 (2%)     max: 10.4 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M -
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min: 23.5     avg: 23.5 (1%)     median: 23.5 (1%)     max: 23.5 Seconds
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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i5 (Desktop)

» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 7600K
   3.8 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6600K
   3.5 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 4590
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3570K
   3.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6500
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3550
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3470
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 2500K
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6600T
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 4460
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 4430
   3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6500T
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 2400
   3.1 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6400T
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 750
   2.66 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i7 7567U
   3.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
- Intel Xeon (Desktop) E3-1226 v3
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 4590
   3.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 2960XM
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3570K
   3.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6500
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
+ Intel Core i7 7600U
   2.8 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
+ Intel Core i7 7660U
   2.5 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4712HQ
   2.3 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4712MQ
   2.3 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4750HQ
   2 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2017-02-11)