Intel Core i5 2500T review

Intel delivers some low-powered gaming muscle

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The latest crop of Sandy Bridge CPUs all have different graphics core speeds. The Core i7 2600S has base and maximum frequencies of 850MHz and 1,350MHz, Core i5 2500T 650/1,250MHz and the Intel Core i3 2100 850/1,100MHz.

We tested them all at their default speeds and then, because the i3 2100 could only make it to 1.3GHz when overclocked, this speed was used as another line in the sand to test the graphics cores, with the i7 2600S having its graphics core underclocked to get to that level.

CPU rendering performance

Intel core i5 2500t benchmarks

CPU video encoding performance

Intel core i5 2500t benchmarks

1080p CPU gaming performance

Intel core i5 2500t benchmarks

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