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CPU

Intel Core i5-6500 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor

(241 Ratings, 4.9 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Intel

Model

Core i5-6500

Part #

BX80662I56500

Manufacturer

Intel

Core Count

4

Core Clock

3.2 GHz

Boost Clock

3.6 GHz

TDP

65 W

Series

Intel Core i5

Microarchitecture

Skylake

Core Family

Skylake-S

Socket

LGA1151

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 530

Maximum Supported Memory

64 GB

ECC Support

No

Packaging

Boxed

Includes CPU Cooler

Yes

L1 Cache

  • 4 x 32 kB Instruction
  • 4 x 32 kB Data

L2 Cache

4 x 256 kB

L3 Cache

1 x 6 MB

Lithography

14 nm

Simultaneous Multithreading

No

Price History

    Reviews

    loafidelity
    • 82 points
    • 33 months ago

    from completed build Tiny Stealthy Gaming Rig

    Awesome gaming processor for the price. These days I'd probably get a i5-7500 as it's same price and has a higher clock speed, but unless you're gaming at 4k I don't think you need anything more powerful than this.

    julayyy
    • 51 points
    • 37 months ago

    from completed build BAEmax build :D

    For the CPU, I was originally going for the i5-6600k since I didn't really need an i7 since I wasn't planning to do any video editing or high intensive games. Then I realized that the Mobo I purchased wasn't one that can overclock so I downgraded to the i5-6500 instead. I kind of glad that I did because I did save a few buck and I didn't even know how to overclock anyway so I was happy with my decision. I actually got it for sale for only $174 at monoprice but with tax, it went up to $191, which was still cheaper than MRSP.

    PsychoTraktor
    • 47 points
    • 44 months ago

    from completed build APPARAT

    The best price/performance Skylake CPU you can get.

    slashbrackets
    • 40 points
    • 43 months ago

    from completed build Iron Man (Jarvis) Build

    I didn't plan on doing any over clocking so this CPU more than fit the bill with a gaming focused PC. It does everything I could ask for. The price point also saved some money to put towards the GPU and SSD drive.

    MacGoreth
    • 38 points
    • 45 months ago

    from completed build First Ever Build: The Manta Ray

    It runs perfectly. 28 Celsius idle with Intel stock cooler. The highest temperature it reached was 50 Celsius, under 4 hours of gaming. And the decent price is a plus, which is the mainly reason I went for it. So far, so great. Love it

    Storm-cooled
    • 32 points
    • 49 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).

    Spyder756
    • 32 points
    • 26 months ago

    from completed build Tux

    I feel that this is a wonderful entry-to-mid-level CPU to any gaming rig. Simple, every day tasks are a breeze. Gaming yields respectable FPS when combined with a GTX 980. Temps never become unreasonable as long as you don't mess up the cooler installation somehow.

    ortizalexf
    • 31 points
    • 33 months ago

    from completed build Green-Ga!

    This CPU is the sweet spot for anything you'd like to do. I had it in my previous build, so I just kept it for this one. If you're not into overclocking this CPU will do the job and more!

    ctmuck
    • 29 points
    • 39 months ago

    from completed build Birthday Build - The mini fridge

    Great for mid range Builds. Intel HD 530 Graphics are surprisingly powerful. Stock Cooler is surprisingly quiet.

    ortizalexf
    • 29 points
    • 35 months ago

    from completed build I just call her "Boo"

    The i5 works perfectly with the RX480. I don't know why anyone that is looking for 1080 and 1440p gaming would choose any other processor over this one.

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