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Intro

The Core i5-6500 is an intermediate model of the Intel sixth-generation (Skylake) Core i5 family. It has four processing cores, 3.2 GHz base clock, 3.6 GHz turbo clock, 65 W TDP and is manufactured under 14 nm technology. Let’s check how it performs and see if is it a good buy.

The reviewed CPU has a locked multiplier, which means it is not aimed on overclocking and the only way to make it work at higher clock rates is incrementing the reference clock if your motherboard allows it.

The Core i5-6500 is the model imediately superior to the Core i5-6400, which we tested recently. In that review, we concluded the Core i5-6400 were spoiled by its low clock rate (2.7 GHz base clock, up to 3.3 GHz turbo clock). Now, let’s see if the superior model, with a higher clock, is faster enough to be a good choice.

The Core i5-6500 is above the price of any AMD processor (except the FX-9590). So, we decided to compare the Core i5-6500 to the Core i5-6400, including the FX-8350 (one of the higher end models from AMD). We also included the Core i3-6100, which costs substantially less, to check if the price gap between both models is justified with performance.

We ran the tests using an independent video card, the GeForce GTX 950 from Gigabyte (read this video card review here,) disabling the integrated video on the CPUs with integrated GPU. We make it for two reasons: first, the FX-8350 has no integrated video. Second, because we believe most people who buys a CPU on this price range will use it with an independent video card, since people who uses integrated video usually prefers a more inexpensive CPU.

Figure 1 unveils the box of the Core i5-6500 we used in our tests.

Core i5-6500 CPU ReviewFigure 1: the box of the Core i5-6500

Figure 2 shows the box content: a simple aluminum cooler, the CPU itself, a small manual and a sticker for your case.

Core i5-6500 CPU ReviewFigure 2: content of the Core i5-6500 box

Figure 3 gives a closer view of the Core i5-6500.

Core i5-6500 CPU ReviewFigure 3: the Core i5-6500 processor

Figure 4 shows the bottom of the CPU.

Core i5-6500 CPU ReviewFigure 4: the bottom of the Core i5-6500

Let’s compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs in the next page.