Intel Core i5-6500

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  • Good performance. Inexpensive. Good upgrade
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  • Not a fit for overclocking enthusiasts

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Intel Core I5-6500 Review

Intel’s Skylake processors are now available to consumers and it’s a hard task to make a quick decision on to where to invest. We have the i7-6700K, the i5-6600Ka and a lot more processors on the market right carrying the Skylake legacy. The Intel Core i5-6500 is one of the Skylake processors available on the market today which is basically a sibling of the 6600K. You’d expect it to have a few compromises but at the price, the Intel Core i5-6500 is a good start for anyone looking to work with a tight budget but still desires a good rig. The processor has been working well according to test results using a Linux OS and HD Graphics 530.The result wouldn’t be much different if you are using a different OS, but you can use these as the basis of your research.


The Intel Core i5-6500 beats its AMD competition and other older Intel processors in terms of performance and so it’s a worthy buy. We are talking of a quad core processor without hyper threading that’s capable of clocking up to 3.2Ghz but can also push an extra 0.4Ghz in turbo mode. It comes with some of the features found in the higher end Core i5 Skylake processors and utilizes HD Graphics 530 which supports 4K at 60Hz and can max out at 1.05GHz.


After several tests, the Intel Core i5-6500 proves to be a very good buy especially if you are looking to build your first rig and you don’t want to risk much. It turned out to be faster in most of the tests as compared to the AMD FX-8370. Keep in mind that you will spend the same amount of money to get the AMD. Moreover, the Intel Core i5-6500 proved to be a worthy upgrade from the Sandy Bridge and Haswell processors such as i5-2500K and the i5-4670 respectively. In fact, it was better in some performance tests than the pricier i7-4790K Haswell processor.


In the graphics department, the Intel Core i5-6500 still takes the day with its HD Graphics 530 when directly compared to the HD Graphics in the Haswell processors. Nevertheless, it’s not the perfect suit for Linux users as it’s not the best in some situations. If you would like better performance in the graphics department, then you should as well consider the processors hat come with Iris Graphics such as the core i7 5775C.


In the end, the Intel Core i5-6500 will be suited for anyone looking for a good performing CPU that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. If over clocking isn’t one of your main priorities, and you would like to build a Skylake rig, then consider going for the Intel Core i5-6500. It’s not going to break any records and your bank also and that’s just something to consider if you are shopping for a mid range processor that just gets the job done. The Intel Core i5-6500 will surely solve your needs if you aren’t planning the extra cash to get one of the Intel Core i5-6600K CPUs.

  • The Good :
    Good performance. Inexpensive. Good upgrade
  • The Bad :
    Not a fit for overclocking enthusiasts
Our score:
4 / 5

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  • The Intel Core i5-6500 is manufactured by Intel and was added in September 2015 in the Processors section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5

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