Core i5-6500 3.2GHz
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Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Performance Specification
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3.2 GHz
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Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Game Requirement Analysis

Core i5-6500 3.2GHz is a Performance CPU based on the 14nm, Skylake MicroArchitecture.


It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.2GHz, which may go up to 3.6GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated.


The processor integrates powerful Graphics called HD i5 6500, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 65W.


Its performance is very good and sufficient for any of today's games.


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iqbalefef's Rig
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this proccesor is best match with my current graphic card ?

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golo19992702's Test Rig
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Yes, it's a very good CPU and won't bottleneck.

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nash24's Rig
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i3 6100 with gtx960 2g better?, should i buy new gpu 1kSeries to pair with i3? or buy new i5 6500 to pair with gtx960 2g? which is good?

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aFriend1yProxy's Rig
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Unless you are a heavy RTS or MMO player, I would recommend upgrading your GPU first. GTX 1060 or RX 480 8GB are very good cards for the money, just find whichever is cheaper where you live.

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themeiscool's Rig
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my cpu maybe 4% WORSE but its still capable of running every latest game but i still need gpu and ram upgrades

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I recommend you to buy GTX 970 4GB (it's only 250$) and 8 GB of RAM will be good.

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$250 is not worth it for a GTX 970. You can get a GTX 1060 for $250, which is close to GTX 980 performance.

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YoungWolf97's Rig
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Almost the same as mine, strangely mine is actually 3% stronger. Is this correct?

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It wouldn't surprise me. Skylake is a much bigger step forward in terms of efficiency than performance. The TDP of the i5-4590 is 19W higher than the i5-6500, for example.

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cosmicmen22's Rig
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Want to change my specs , but i want to stay with the GTX 750Ti and i dont know what is better , if i5 6500 or i3 6100 , what would you recommend me?

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M4rt1ntian's Rig
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There is no need to upgrade your CPU if you're planning to stay with the 750ti, it'd be a waste.

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You need cpu upgrade. Go with i5 6500.

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What are you talking about, no he doesn't. The 2120 is more than capable of handling a 750ti without bottlenecks. Look up some benchmarks before giving bad advice to spend money on a CPU that won't be fully utilized in playing games.

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True, at this point better invest in a new GPU - you will be better with ur current old i3 AND a new GTX1060/RX470/RX480, than a new cpu and 750ti. After that, u got time to save for a stronger cpu

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i3 2120 not gonna bottleneck? R u serious? it depends of the game if there is gonna be cpu bottleneck. Even my i7 2600 bottlenecks sometimes in a game like GTA 5. i3 2120 will for sure give huge bottleneck in many cpu bound games.

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@Nannukka I've told you already, go look up some benchmarks before you make ill-advised statements. There will always be a bottleneck somewhere, even with the most expensive build. The best you can do is try to minimize it as much as possible.

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i3 2120 probably can barely even run it 30 fps with any card or resolution, so i don't get what is your point? With i5 6500 you would get superb playable performance. And this would apply to many games. I3 2120 is not even 4 core processor.

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still its acting as 4 cores

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I'm not saying that you won't get a bottleneck with a new GPU AND the i3 2120, I'm saying you will get more fps, than with a weak gpu and a new i5. So, if you cant upgrade both, better start with the GPU and later with the CPU

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I had earlier i5 2400S which is a lot faster than i3 2120 and some games were unplayable because of the bottleneck. But when i just changed the cpu to i7 2600 i can now play games like BF1, ROTTR. Better gpu would just give worse bottleneck

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The options are i5 6500, 6600 and 6600k.If I go 6600k Ill have to get a z170 MB and I would rather buy a cheaper one. I want to play things like new mirror edge in Ultra without problems. GPU is gtx 1060. 6500 seems to be not enough

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The 6500 is more than adequate. The 6400, 6500, 6600(k) and the 6700(k) are identical chips with different clock speeds and the i5s having some features like hyperthreading disabled.

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this one or i5 6600 ? am not going for much overclock.
does it need liquid cooler or normal fan would be enough

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The 6600 is slightly better and not worth that approx +10% of money. The stock cooler looks small and unusable for anything but if you do not overclock you are good to go. Rendering on 100% of CPU usage got it to 76 C. I love the 6500.

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thanks a lot

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Is ASRock B150A-X1 good motherboard for this CPU or is there a better one for around $100? I'm not planning to OC.

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My motherboard has the exact same specs and it runs all my games on high or ultra. My motherboard is MSI MSI Gaming H170A. Link is here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130884

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What is the absolute best/fastest video card for this cpu? My gfx card isn't the best but it's not the slowest either. Runs dirt rally 60fps or higher. Also want to upgrade ram eventually.

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I got RX 480 sapphire nitro+, you might upgrade to that one if you want to max out every game until now, you can pick the 8 gb one or the 4 gb and unlock to 8gb

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Thank you! I will definitely consider this gfx card!

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is this a best match for a gtx 950 ?

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Maybe not best, you could certainly get a cheaper one for your 950. This CPU can handle the likes of the GTX 1060.

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