Intel Core i5 2500T review

Intel delivers some low-powered gaming muscle

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Our Verdict

The Core i5 2500T performs so well you can almost forgive Intel about the lack of overclocking potential... almost.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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  • Lower power
  • Reasonable overclocking on the graphics


  • Locked multipliers
  • Could be hard to find

Hitting the low-powered, green gamer is Intel's Core i5 2500T. We've already had a good look at Intel's Core i5 2500K processor; it's getting a reputation as the go-to chip if your budget won't quite stretch to an Intel Core i7 2600K.

Although it's getting all the attention as the flagship chip in the second generation Core i5 line-up, there are a couple of other interesting family members. Not because of their overclocking ability – they don't really have any – but because they're low power chips.

The most interesting one of these is this Core i5 2500T.

It's the T part of the name that's the important bit – it means that the chip has a TDP of just 45W. That may still sound like a fair old chunk of power, but it's a remarkable 50W lower than the 2500K.

On the flip side, unlike the 2500K, the multipliers aren't unlocked so there's not a lot you can to improve on the default 2.3GHz (3.3GHz with Turbo) clock speed.

It's not the only lower-power member of the family – there's also the 2500S. The S series of chips have slightly higher TDP of 65 Watts.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power45 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i5 i5-2500
L3 Cache6 MB
Clock Speed2.30 GHz
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameIntel
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification69.8°C
Direct Media Interface5 GT/s
Width37.5 mm
Depth37.5 mm
L2 Cache1 MB
Product Seriesi5-2500
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product Modeli5-2500T
Product NameCore i5 Quad-core i5-2500T 2.3GHz Desktop Processor
Package TypeOEM
Product LineCore i5
Manufacturer Part NumberCM8062301001910
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Intel Core i5 processor delivers the next level of productivity. With Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, this quad-core processor with 4-way multitasking capability delivers extra speed whenever you need it as well as security features to help protect information and data.

Packaged Quantity1
Process Technology32 nm