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Intel Core i5-2500 Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500

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  • Specs: Quad-core 3.3GHz, 6M Cache, Intel HD Graphics 2000, 95 watt TDP, Dual-channel DDR3 memory support, socket LGA1155
  • Quad-core processor delivers four-way multicore processing via parallelism resulting in more efficient use of processor
  • Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology is an advanced means of enabling very high performance while also delivery power-conservation.
  • 6 MB Intel Smart Cache is dynamically shared to each processor core, based on workload
  • All Core i5 processors have Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Specs: Quad-core 3.3 GHz, 6M Cache, Intel HD Graphics 2000, 95 watt TDP, Dual-channel DDR3 memory support, socket LGA1155
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Processor Series Core i5-2500 Core i5-2500K Core i5-3570K Core i5-2400
Processor Speed 3.3 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.46 GHz
Number of Cores 4 4 4 4
CPU Socket Type LGA 1155 LGA 1155 LGA 1155 LGA 1155
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Intel
  • Model: BX80623I52500
  • Processor Count: 4
  • Computer Cpu Speed: 3.3 GHz
  • Warranty: Three year limited warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 3.2 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004FA8NNW
  • Item model number: BX80623I52500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Part of Intel's family of 2nd generation Intel Core computer processors, the Intel Core i5-2500 Processor delivers speed and smooth performance--whether you're uploading and editing home videos or checking your e-mail. This quad-core processor runs at 3.30 GHz and uses the LGA1155 socket. It features a 6 MB L3 cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and Virtualization Technology to improve speed and computing productivity. Built-in visual technologies, like Clear Video and InTru3D, support high-definition and Blu-ray playback.

Intel Core i5-2500 Processor

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Intel Core i5-2500 Processor

At a Glance:

  • Quad-core processor running at 3.30 GHz delivers fast performance
  • Uses LGA1155 socket
  • 6 MB L3 shared cache dynamically allocated to each processor core
  • Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 for increased speed when you need it
  • Built-in visuals for a rich, seamless graphic experience
  • Virtualization Technology supports multiple virtual environments on one hardware platform
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The Intel Core i5-2500 Processor has four cores running at 3.30 GHz.
Quad-Core Processor Running at 3.30 GHz for Fast Performance

The Intel Core i5-2500 has four processing cores running at 3.30 GHz. It features a 6 MB L3 shared cache that is dynamically allocated to each processor core, based on workload. This reduces latency and improves performance.

Additionally, the i5 comes with Advanced Vector Extensions, a set of instructions to improve software performance for intensive applications like audio processing, audio codecs, and image and video editing applications.

Turbo Boost for Extra Processor Speed

The Core i5-2500 features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which delivers a burst of processor speed automatically when the workload demands additional performance. The technology dynamically increases the processor's frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits. The result is adaptive performance that's more intelligent and energy efficient.

Built-In Visuals Provide Rich, Steady Graphics

The built-in visuals of the Intel Core i5-2500 deliver a seamless graphic experience when you're viewing and manipulating pictures and media on your PC. They also eliminate the need for a discrete graphics card, reducing power consumption and system cost.

Intel Quick Sync Video enables quick conversions of video files for portable media players or online sharing. Experience sharp images and rich color with Clear Video Technology, which provides visual quality and color fidelity enhancements for vivid high-definition and Blu-ray playback. HD Graphics offers enhanced 3D performance for immersive mainstream and casual gaming without hesitations or interruptions.

The Intel Core i5 is also equipped with Intel InTru3D, which provides stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray playback in full 1080p resolution and premium audio via HDMI 1.4.

Intel Virtualization Technology

Intel Virtualization Technology allows multiple "virtual" environments to function on one hardware platform. It offers improved manageability, limiting downtime and maintaining productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions.

Optimized for Energy Efficiency

The Intel Core i5 is designed to optimize every watt of electricity, resulting in a more energy-efficient system that is cooler and cheaper to run. In a system with other energy-efficient components, the processor can meet Energy Star specifications.

What's in the Box

Intel Core i5-2500 processor, fan/heat-sink cooling solution, warranty booklet, and Intel Inside logo label.


Intel Core i5 Processor Comparison
Intel Core i5-2300Intel Core i5-2400SIntel Core i5-2400Intel Core i5-2500Intel Core i5-2500K
Number of Cores44444
Unlocked CoreNoNoNoNoYes
Clock Speed2.80 GHz2.50 GHz3.10 GHz3.30 GHz3.30 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.10 GHz3.30 GHz3.40 GHz3.70 GHz3.70 GHz
Intel Smart Cache6 MB6 MB6 MB6 MB6 MB
Built-in VisualsYesYesYesYesYes
Intel HD Graphics Frequency/Turbo Frequency850/1100 MHz850/1100 MHz850/1100 MHz850/1100 MHz850/1100 MHz
Thermal Design Power (TDP)95 W65 W95 W95 W95 W
SocketLGA 1155LGA 1155LGA 1155LGA 1155LGA 1155

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Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500 3.3 GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2011
It's that epoch already...

Yes...

Bethesda is launching an "Elder Scrolls" game late this year... oh boy. About the only tech release that is able to make me rush into upgrading my pc.

My previous mobo/proc was an athlon 5400 with msi nvidia 550 mobo and 2 gigs of ddr2 800. Up to this point, and coupled with my trusty GTX 260, that combination just worked. Fallout 3 and new vegas ran on that setup very well.

But still, Skyrim is coming, and nothing irks me more than running an elder scrolls game with an underpowered pc, like i did back when oblivion was released. Not this time, not a chance!

I got this for the upgrade:
* This exact processor (I5 2500, not the 2500k variant which has unlocked multipliers and is more overclocker-friendly)
* P67 mobo from ECS (With Rev B3, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU GET THIS VERSION OR FURTHER OF THE CHIPSET as it no longer has the SATA bug)
* a Patriot 4gb 1600 cas9 memory module

**** IN A NUTSHELL ****
This I5 just flies, zips around like a Porsche. First time in almost 12 years that i get an Intel instead of an AMD, and I tell you, this one is worth every penny.

**** PERFORMANCE ****
I've tried a bunch of programs and games on it, some old some new, either in Win7 or Linux (ubuntu 11.04 "natty narwhal"), and I'm yet to find any program that comes close to challenging it. Games, compression apps, you name it, this processor rocks...

From my previous setup to this one, as an example, "Fallout: New Vegas" runs so much more smoothly, at 1920x1080, full antialiasing and details. I guess the proc/memory combo was a bottleneck in my previous setup.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Marcy on February 18, 2011
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This new "Sandy Bridge" processor is providing excellent performance for a $200.00 CPU (especially cost effective since the GPU is onboard--no graphics card is required). It is installed in a computer with 8GB of RAM used for typical business applications running simultaneously and occasional audio/visual processing. So far, no complaints. Windows 7 (64 bit) boots quickly and CPU utilization overall remains low most of the time even under moderate multitasking load. Some reviews mention the inadequacy of the heatsink/fan included, but mine hums along just fine at about 30 degrees (Celcius). Be aware that there is a known defect in Intel's supporting chipsets (P67, H67) that will require certain motherboards to be replaced mid-2011 when the updated chipsets become available, so do your research before purchasing. The defect is not in the CPU itself.

A comment for those of you ordering from other suppliers using their free shipping options who are used to receiving the product(s) in the next day or so anyway...I ordered this CPU on 1/17/2011 using Amazon's free shipping option and it was delivered on 1/25/11. (This is not a complaint--I understood the level of service--just a "heads up" to those of you who might presume faster delivery based on experiences with other vendors.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adron Gardner on November 16, 2011
If you're thinking of cheaping out on a new CPU -- don't. But you also don't have to spend a whole lot to get something powerful, versatile and efficient either. I'm not into the over clocking scene so I picked up the standard 2500 model and I have been nothing but impressed with the performance. Very few software apps are written to take advantage of more than 4 cores in the current environment, so you really don't gain a whole lot going to the 6 or 8 core competitors. If you are really in budget territory, the i3 Sandy Bridge range is very competitive, but if you don't feel like forking out money for the 2600, this is a nice price point. I don't think the factory cooler is very good - I opted for a Cooler Master - the processor rarely gets above 30-35c even under the highest gaming loads. There isn't anything I can find even to nit-pick. This is a good processor for a good price.

Oh yeah, no Hyper-threading, but I've yet to encounter anything that would make me miss it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Baker on April 22, 2011
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Easy to install since it is the retail version with HSF and thermal compound already installed and in the package. With the GPU built in I am pulling little power (50 watts) in my HTPC system with 3 hard drives, a PCIe lan card and an Asus P8H67-M motherboard.

Processor has plenty of power to handle my HTPC needs plus allows the server to handle other tasks at the same time without a hiccup.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mastedon on September 15, 2011
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There are the die-hard AMD fans. I am a die-hard Intel fan. Been using them since they first came out. If you want so save bucks and overclock your sytem to death them go AMD. If you just want to plop the thing into your MB and get it up and running and get your stuff done...get one of these. Great CPU for the price. Fan is quiet. If you do want to overclock then get a bigger heat sink. I use it for video editing and I am amazed at how fast it is. I run alot of programs at once and I have yet to see any lag. Excellent CPU for the money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Wiersch TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 11, 2011
I think this is an EXCELLENT processor. I'm a computer programmer and spend many hours using computers every day, and typically build all my systems so I can choose the parts.

This processor is FAST. VERY FAST.

This processor is, in my opinion, THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK (with the exception of the "K" model if you plan to overclock).

This processor is POWER EFFICIENT. My Linux server (which uses this processor) uses only about 46 watts at idle, and that includes 8GB of RAM, 1 Intel SSD, 1 Western Digital 500GB Black HD, 1 network card, and 5 cooling fans (including the one in the power supply and the CPU cooling fan).

This processor is QUAD CORE (but no hyper-threading).

This processor is LOCKED (signified by the absence of "K"). For a little more money, you can get the unlocked processor, which is definitely the one to get if you will or *THINK* you might do overclocking in the future. It's only about $15 more, but could be even less than the locked processor if you find it on sale. Some electronic B&M retailers use the i5-2500K as a "loss leader", so look for that.

You'll need an 1155 socket motherboard to use this processor with an H67, P67, or Z68 chipset.

Not sure what else to say except Intel has a really great product here that really isn't too expensive. I fear for AMD and hope they can come up with something that can compete well.

One downside is the chipset problem if you don't get the Z68... the H67 (for using the internal graphics) and P67 (for overclocking) have limits that can be aggravating depending on what you want to do. The Z68 has full overclocking support for the CPU, memory and integrated graphics.

I purchased the "K" version of this processor (even though I am not overclocking at this point) with an Intel motherboard and Intel network card, to upgrade a Linux server, and so far it is working great.
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