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Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor

( 4.9 Average / 116 Ratings )





Core i5-6500

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Data Width




Operating Frequency


Max Turbo Frequency




L1 Cache

4 x 32KB Instruction
4 x 32KB Data

L2 Cache

4 x 256KB

L3 Cache

1 x 6MB


14 nm

Thermal Design Power

65 Watts

Includes CPU Cooler




Maximum Supported Memory


Integrated Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 530

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Price History (Excluding Tax & Combo Deals) History:


Storm-cooled 27 points 12 months ago
from completed build i5-6500 Skylake build

Awesome so far. I am not a cpu overclocker, but a sucker for silence. So this one fit perfecty. Runs at 40 Celsius idle with the "quiet" fan preset (it is silent).

truesmotpoker 17 points 12 months ago
from completed build Skylake Build for my budget

Great cpu, decent price, runs cool with stock cooler (which was super easy to install), which also is not very loud.

pizzaguy312 14 points 11 months ago
from completed build Photo editing build for aunt

This CPU was the right price to performance for this build. Four cores clocked reasonably high and extremely low temps with the MX-4, it works well for anyone looking at decent multi-core performance. Performed correctly out of box - only issue was the mass of cables in the mini-itx system stopped the cpu fan the first couple of boots causing some overheating problems, a situation I soon remedied.

Teddo 17 points 10 months ago
from completed build Budget Skylake Gaming Build

Very fast i5 and does everything I can ask for, nice and cool with plenty of speed for most gaming needs without the need of overclocking. This saves me money on the cpu cooler as well! I bought this during black friday on tigerdirect with a visa checkout promo which came out to $165 no tax, free shipping. Definitely a steal and I think I got the most bang for my buck.

Numberz123456789 15 points 10 months ago

A nice quad-core CPU capable of gaming. This CPU might be possible to overclock if the rumors are true and your Z170 motherboard has a "hacked" BIOS.

Manic020 6 points 10 months ago

Runs cool and quiet on stock cooling and performs wonderfully for gaming and productivity applications. A great chip for the money.

birkenpm 17 points 10 months ago
from completed build Freesync Beast of Burden

works great! ugly cooler, but a easy way to save $100+ bucks on a build if you are not looking to overclock with the i5-6600K - which also needs a separate cooler.

Derstn 4 points 9 months ago
from completed build Dat Gaming Tho

Very decent CPU for the price, iGPU will run most games at 720 just fine. Skylake is becoming my new favorite.

Onepi 11 points 9 months ago
from completed build Bitfenix Prodigy Workstation v1

This is a great mid-range processor. Performance wise, it lies just before Intel's massive price spike, so is good for budget builds. It functions great for complicated vector graphics and 1440p video editing.

Z3ROWOLFHD 17 points 9 months ago

Great entry Skylake CPU. Doesn't bottle neck 970, and added with a Z170 chip-set, going to be great when I get an aftermarket cooler and do the BCLK trick.

10/10 would CPU again