Intel Core i5-8500
The Intel Core i5-8500 is a mid-range 6-core CPU. The processor belongs to the Coffee Lake generation and was presented in April 2018. It does not support Hyper-Threading, which means it can run six threads simultaneously. The base clock rate is 3 GHz and the CPU can speed up to 4.1 GHz under high load. Despite belonging to the new generation of CPUs, the Core i5-8500 is manufactured in an improved 14nm process.
The processor offers a strong performance increase compared to the Core i5-7500 due to its two additional cores. Single-core performance has not improved significantly compared to its Kaby Lake predecessor. As a mid-range model, the Core i5-8500 should be suitable for demanding games and programs.
The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is supposed to offer higher performance as its clock rate has been increased by 50-100 MHz. The build is identical to that of the Intel HD Graphics 630. We do expect a performance improvement, but as a low-end solution it will probably only display current games smoothly at reduced details - if at all.
Intel specifies the TDP with 65 watts. Therefore, well-dimensioned cooling systems should easily manage to deal with the created heat. We expect increased efficiency due to the higher performance.
|Series||Intel Core i5 (Desktop)|
|Series: Core i5 (Desktop) Coffee Lake|
|Clock Rate||3000 - 4100 MHz|
|Level 1 Cache||384 KB|
|Level 2 Cache||1.5 MB|
|Level 3 Cache||9 MB|
|Number of Cores / Threads||6 / 6|
|Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)||65 Watt|
|Manufacturing Technology||14 nm|
|Max. Temperature||100 °C|
|Features||Dual-Channel DDR3(L)-1600/DDR4-2666 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX-NI, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro|
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1100 MHz)|
|64 Bit||64 Bit support|
|Starting Price||$202 U.S.|
|Product Link (external)||Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 8500|