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Long product name Intel Core ® ™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) 3.3GHz 6MB L3 processor :
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Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
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Intel Core ® ™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) 3.3GHz 6MB L3 processor:
The official marketing text of Intel Core ® ™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) 3.3GHz 6MB L3 processor as supplied by the manufacturer
Unleash the multimedia multitasker within
With intelligent performance that accelerates in response to demanding tasks, such as playing games and editing photos, the Intel Core i5 processor moves faster when you do.

The Intel Core i5 processor automatically allocates processing power where it's needed most. Whether you’re creating HD video, composing digital music, editing photos, or playing the coolest PC games - with the Intel Core i5 processor you can multitask with ease and be more productive than ever.

Get a major boost in PC power with the intelligent performance of the Intel® Core™ i5 processor

32nm dual-core processing runs two independent processor cores in one physical package at the same frequency.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload—more performance when you need it the most.

Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology delivers two processing threads per physical core for a total of four threads for massive computational throughput. This 4-way multi-task processing allows each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time.

Intel® HD Graphics provides superb visual performance for sharper images, richer color, and life-like video and audio. Available on select models of the all new 2010 Intel® Core™ processor family.

Integrated memory controller enables two channels of high-speed DDR3 1333 MHz memory. This memory controller's lower latency and higher memory bandwidth delivers amazing performance for data-intensive applications.

Intel® Smart Cache is a shared cache dynamically allocated to each processor core, based on workload. This efficient, dual-core-optimized implementation increases the probability that each core can access data from the fast cache, significantly reducing latency to frequently used data and improving performance. Optimized for industry-leading multi-threaded games.
Short summary description Intel Core ® ™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) 3.3GHz 6MB L3 processor:
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Intel Core Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz), 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5, 3.3 GHz, LGA 1155 (Socket H2), PC, 32 nm, i5-2500K
Long summary description Intel Core ® ™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) 3.3GHz 6MB L3 processor :

Intel Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz), Core. Processor family: 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5, Processor frequency: 3.3 GHz, Processor socket: LGA 1155 (Socket H2). Memory channels supported by processor: Dual, Maximum internal memory supported by processor: 32 GB, Memory types supported by processor: DDR3-SDRAM. On-board graphics adapter model: Intel HD Graphics 3000, On-board graphics adapter base frequency: 850 MHz, On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max): 1100 MHz. Thermal Design Power (TDP): 95 W, Supported instruction sets: AVX,SSE4.1,SSE4.2, Processor code: SR008. Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT): VT-x, Maximum internal memory: 32768 MB

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Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Higher Performance When You Need It Most
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.01 accelerates processor and graphics performance by increasing the operating frequency when operating below specification limits. The maximum frequency varies depending on workload, hardware, software, and overall system configuration.

Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology

Create, Edit, and Share Video in a Flash
Intel® Quick Sync Video uses the dedicated media processing capabilities of Intel® Graphics Technology to make video encoding tasks—such as creating DVDs or Blu-ray discs, creating and editing 3D videos, converting 2D video files into 3D, and converting video for portable media players and social networking sites—faster and easier.

Processor
Processor family *
A family of processors is a group of processors produced by one company over a short period of time e.g. Intel Pentium processors.
2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency *
The speed that the microprocessor executes each instruction or each vibration of the clock. The CPU requires a fixed number of clock ticks, or cycles, to execute each instruction. The faster the clocks rate, the faster the CPU, or the faster it can execute instructions. Clock Speeds are usually determined in MHz, 1 MHz representing 1 million cycles per second, or in GHz, 1 GHz representing 1 thousand million cycles per second. The higher the CPU speed, the better a computer will perform.
3.3 GHz
Processor cores *
The number of central processing units ('cores') in a processor. Some processors have 1 core, others have 2 (e.g. Intel Core Duo) or more (e.g. the Intel Xeon E7-2850 has 10 cores).
4
Processor socket *
Mechanical component(s) that provides mechanical and electrical connections between a microprocessor and a printed circuit board (PCB). This allows the processor to be replaced without soldering.
LGA 1155 (Socket H2)
Component for *
What this product is used as a part of (component for).
PC
Processor lithography *
The process which is performed by the processor e.g. CPU (Central Processing Unit).
32 nm
Box *
Plastic or metal shell/container for components.
No
Processor model *
The model number for the processor in a computer.
i5-2500K
Processor threads *
4
System bus rate *
A bus is a communication system that transfers data between components inside a computer, or between computers. The system bus rate is the speed at which data is transferred in this communication system.
5 GT/s
Processor operating modes *
Operating modes for the processors that place restrictions on the type and scope of operations for certain processes run by the CPU. This design allows the operating system to run with more privileges than application software.
64-bit
Processor series
Intel Core i5-2500 Desktop series
Processor cache
6 MB
Processor cache type
L3
Stepping
D2
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio)
33
Processor boost frequency
The turbo boost is an automatic, managed accelleration of the processor when one of the cores is overloaded.
3.7 GHz
Bus type
DMI
Processor codename
Sandy Bridge
Memory
Memory channels supported by processor *
Dual
Maximum internal memory supported by processor
32 GB
Memory types supported by processor
DDR3-SDRAM
Memory clock speeds supported by processor
1066,1333 MHz
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max)
21 GB/s
ECC supported by processor
No
Graphics
On-board graphics adapter *
Graphics hardware which is built into the motherboard or CPU, as opposed to a separate graphics adapter (video card). On-board graphics uses CPU and RAM for graphics processing.
Yes
On-board graphics adapter model
"Graphic adapter" is the hardware that produces images on a display. "On-board" means that the graphics adapter is intergrated inside the motherboard.
Intel HD Graphics 3000
On-board graphics adapter base frequency
850 MHz
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)
1100 MHz
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics)
The feature may not be available on all computing systems. Functionality, performance, and other benefits of this feature may vary depending on system configuration.
2
Features
Thermal Design Power (TDP) *
95 W
Execute Disable Bit
Yes
Idle States
Yes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes
16
PCI Express slots version
2.0
Supported instruction sets
AVX,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Features
Processor package size
37.5
Processor code
SR008
CPU configuration (max)
1
Embedded options available
Yes
On-board graphics adapter ID
0x112
Processor ARK ID
52210
Processor special features
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Improved Performance for Threaded Software\nIntel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) makes efficient use of processor resources, enabling multiple threads to run on each core and increasing processor throughput. Available on Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon® processors, Intel HT Technology helps run demanding applications simultaneously, protect and manage systems, and provide headroom for business growth.
Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Higher Performance When You Need It Most\nIntel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 accelerates processor and graphics performance by increasing the operating frequency when operating below specification limits. The maximum frequency varies depending on workload, hardware, software, and overall system configuration.
2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology
Leading-Edge Security for an Unwired Workplace\nThe capabilities of Intel® vPro™ technology help IT leadership protect cloud and virtual environments from rootkits and malware threats while ensuring that their organization can keep up with workforce demands. Hardware-based features support centralized image management and administration, secure network storage, and out-of-band protection.
Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Create, Edit, and Share Video in a Flash\nIntel® Quick Sync Video uses the dedicated media processing capabilities of Intel® Graphics Technology to make video encoding tasks—such as creating DVDs or Blu-ray discs, creating and editing 3D videos, converting 2D video files into 3D, and converting video for portable media players and social networking sites—faster and easier.
Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology
Add a new dimension to your viewing experience. Now you can play games and watch your favorite 3D movies with Blu-ray Stereo 3D playback using passive or active shutter 3D glasses. InTru™ 3D technology by Intel in association with Dreamworks delivers it all in 1080p full high-definition resolution on your TV over HDMI 1.4.
Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Connect to TV Wirelessly\nWith a few clicks, Intel® Wireless Display expands your screen’s potential, linking mobile devices and laptops to TV screens wirelessly. Stream family favorites and view personal experiences while turning your device’s small screen into a superior, sharable experience.
Yes
Intel FDI Technology
Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
See the World More Vividly\nIntel® Clear Video HD Technology delivers cleaner, sharper images, more natural, accurate, and vivid colors. View images as they were meant to be seen on devices featuring Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Graphics Technology.
Yes
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Yes
Intel® Insider™
Experience a whole new level of premium HD entertainment with Intel® Insider™—available exclusively with 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors.
Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access
Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access
Yes
Intel® Smart Cache
Improve Responsiveness with Faster Data Access\nWith Intel® Smart Cache on the Intel® Core™ i5 processor, the shared cache is dynamically allocated to each processor core, based on workload. This efficient, dual-core-optimized implementation increases the probability that each core can access data from the fast cache, significantly reducing latency to frequently used data and improving performance.
Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Added Security with Faster Data Encryption\nThe Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) enable fast and secure data encryption and decryption for better performance and less risk from timing and cache-based attacks than table-based software implementations. Intel AES-NI supports usages such as standard key lengths, standard modes of operation, and even some nonstandard or future variants.
Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Yes
Intel 64
Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Simplify Virtualization and Reduce Overheads\nIntel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) helps make virtualization practical by eliminating performance overheads, reducing complexity, and improving security with hardware assistance. Virtualization allows multiple workloads to share a common set of resources so that a variety of workloads can co-locate while maintaining full isolation from each other.
Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Simplify Virtualization and Reduce Overheads\nIntel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) helps make virtualization practical by eliminating performance overheads, reducing complexity, and improving security with hardware assistance. Virtualization allows multiple workloads to share a common set of resources so that a variety of workloads can co-locate while maintaining full isolation from each other.
Yes
Conflict Free processor
"Conflict free" means "DRC conflict free", which is defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules to mean products that do not contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold) that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.
Yes
Operational conditions
Tcase
72.6 °C
Technical details
Processor cache
6144 KB
Product type
The sub-category of the product.
4
Status
End of Life
Product family
2nd Generation Intel Core i5 Processors
Other features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Simplify Virtualization and Reduce Overheads\nIntel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) helps make virtualization practical by eliminating performance overheads, reducing complexity, and improving security with hardware assistance. Virtualization allows multiple workloads to share a common set of resources so that a variety of workloads can co-locate while maintaining full isolation from each other.
VT-x
Maximum internal memory
The maximum amount of memory inside a product, usually measured in bytes e.g megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB).
32768 MB
Source Testseek summary Average rating
Reviews
Updated:
2011-07-31
Testseek has collected 171 expert reviews for Intel Core i5-2500K and the average expert rating is 91 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
91%
Source Review comments Score
digitalversus.com
Updated:
2011-07-31
The Core i5 2000 range was launched in January 2011 and is composed exclusively of quad-core processors with a Turbo mode, which boosts the clock speed from between 100 to 400 MHz depending on how many cores are used. Based on the Sandy Bridge architec...
Good Performance with applications, Performance with video games, Turbo mode, Reasonable energy consumption, Integrated graphics can improve decoding/encoding video and support Bluray 3D...
Bad Integrated graphics don't support DirectX 11 which would have improved the bitrate in some games...
Bottom line Intel's latest generation of CPUs effectively picks up where the last one left off. Performance has been ratcheted up a notch and the energy consumption has gone down. This all-rounder is a real success...
100%
expertreviews.co.uk
Updated:
2011-07-31
Intel’s Sandy Bridge codenamed processors are finally with us. We’re not impressed by the company’s unadventurous naming strategy, keeping the Core i7, i5 and i3 brands, and the introduction of yet another socket is also a pain – and means you can’t up...
Bottom line An incredible processor at a very reasonable price; if you’re building a powerful PC, then buy this chip...
100%
computeractive.co.uk
Updated:
2011-07-31
This new chip from Intel might share the name i5 with models released over the last two years, but like the new i7-2600k (see our review here) it's based on an entirely new chip design. Known by the codename Sandy Bridge these new chips have been antic...
Good Impressively quick, integrated graphics ideal for watching Bluray discs, small and quiet cooling fan...
Bad Not a simple upgrade from a Core 2 system...
Bottom line Almost twice the speed of the previous generation of chips, Intel's new i5 gives you loads of power for the price...
100%
itnews.com.au
Updated:
2014-08-11
A brand-new core design enables the chips to do more at a given clock speed than their predecessors. The humble Core i3-2120 runs at a slightly slower 3.3GHz frequency than the mid-range i5-660 from Intel's older 1156 platform, but it achieved higher benc...
100%
hardwareheaven.com
Updated:
2011-07-31
On our test bench today we have an evolution of the Core architecture in the form of Intels “Sandy Bridge” components. These Include the P67 and H67 chipsets and two CPUs, one from the i5 range and the other from the i7.
Bottom line Looking first to the build quality and design of the new generation of Core processors we have a set of CPUs which have the usual high level of quality we have come to expect from Intel. It is very hard to damage a Core CPU when installing due to the...
96%
kitguru.net
Updated:
2011-07-31
The release of Intel’s second generation of Core Processors has been a hot topic of conversion among the enthusiast audience now for many months. They have a total of twenty nine new chips reaching retail and today KitGuru will be looking at the i5-...
Bottom line Performance Personified. A stunning new design...
95%
techradar.com
Updated:
2011-07-31
Note: This Intel Core i5-2500K review also reviews the Sandy Bridge architecture as a whole, as well as the high-end Intel Core i7-2600K processor.Ready or not, here they come. Intel is rolling out a thoroughly overhauled range of PC processors based o...
Good Breathtaking performance at stock clocks, Massive overclocking headroom, Incredible new integrated video engine...
Bad Infuriating marketing-driven restrictions...
Bottom line Note: This Intel Core i5-2500K review also reviews the Sandy Bridge architecture as a whole, as well as the high-end Intel Core i7-2600K processor.Ready or not, here they come. Intel is rolling out a thoroughly overhauled range of PC processors based o...
90%
pcworld.co.nz
Updated:
2014-05-14
This month for review we received two very eagerly awaited processors from CPU manufacturer Intel. Since AMD, its only real competitor, hasn’t been putting up a fight in this market for about five years now, interesting developments in CPUs have been f...
80%
XSreviews.co.uk
Updated:
2011-09-15
Well folks, we might be a little late to the party, but we can’t have the CPU section of this site looking as light as it does, so it’s time to add another to that small collective. Today I’m goning to be running the gamer’s best friend, the Sandybr...
Bottom line Interestingly while the 2500k walked all over the aging 760 in our synthetic tests, it didn’t faire quite so well in the gaming ones. Probably some naff titles to choose as evidently they arn’t CPU bottlenecked. Still, this is an impressive chip with...
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ocaholic.ch.english
Updated:
2015-03-29
When scrolling through the comments regarding our CPU gaming performance articles, quite a few of you guys were asking if for once, we could compare not only two but three generations. Today we're giving this a shot but it turned out that especially the c...
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ocaholic.ch.english
Updated:
2015-03-29
Sandy Bridge, this is the codename of Intels latest CPU generation which is based on an overworked Nehalem microarchitecture. We had the chance to test two of the upcoming CPUs, namely the Core i7 2600K and the Core i5 2500K. They both come with an imp...
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vortez.net
Updated:
2011-07-31
Those looking to upgrade in Q1 should look no further if they are on a budget as Sandy Bridge within the i5 realm certainly offers outstanding performance. The 2500K is there for the taking, and will appeal to enthusiasts on a budget. Combine it with a mainstream motherboard and you are the envy of your...
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tomshardware.co.uk
Updated:
2014-05-14
Although the processing cores in Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture are decidedly similar to Nehalem, the integration of on-die graphics and a ring bus improves performance for mainstream users. Intel’s Quick Sync is this design’s secret weapon, though...
0%
overclockersclub.com
Updated:
2014-05-14
It's that time of year when the new technology start running out the doors and it becomes really interesting to see what has been brewing for the last year. For Intel, it has been cooking up a new processor line for the mainstream market that has been...
0%
uk.hardware.info
Updated:
2014-01-22
On June 4 Intel is launching its next generation Core processors, also called Haswell. That means it's the perfect opportunity for us to retest all current processors and a number of older ones with a completely new test configuration. It will not only...
0%
hardwarecanucks.com
Updated:
2014-05-09
With Intel still adhering to their tick / tock release strategy, it was only a matter of time until a new architecture was introduced and it’s name is Sandy Bridge. Today marks the launch of no less than eight new desktop processors based on a highly...
Bottom line Intel’s launch of Sandy Bridge definitely comes at an interesting time since it has dropped at a time when many believe the CPU and GPU markets are at a crossroads. Each brings a number of strengths and weaknesses but combined, the potential of serial...
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aphnetworks.com
Updated:
2014-08-02
We have a little song we sing here at APH Networks. It goes along with the tune of Taio Cruz's Dynamite radio hit that plays every five minutes on every North American popular music station. "I put my foot down to the floor sometimes / Saying VTEC / Ju...
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ocaholic.ch.english
Updated:
2014-08-12
Should you be thinking about buying a used CPU in the price range of 120 to 150 Euro, then you might be considering to buy either an Intel Core i5-2500K or an AMD A10-6800K. At this point we want to answer the question which of these CPUs would be the bet...
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ocaholic.ch.english
Updated:
2014-08-12
Maybe some of you are curious to see how close a Core i5-2500K can come to a Core i5-3570K. Obviously this article should not be seen as some kind of buying advice it's more about illustrating that the CPU isn't the most important piece of hardware when i...
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ocaholic.ch.english
Updated:
2014-08-12
Especially gamer see themselves confronted with the question which is the best CPU for their system from a performance as well as a price perspective. This is meanwhile the sixth article in our CPU Gaming Performance series of articles, where we compare t...
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uk.hardware.info
Updated:
2014-01-23
Late May we published a huge round-up of 45 desktop processors , followed by a review of Intel's fourth generation Core processors . Our readers immediately, and understandably, came with the request for a similar group test of laptop processors. It's a...
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