Intel Core i5 2500T 

Released January, 2011
  • 2.3 GHz
  • Quad core

The Intel Core i5 2500T performs very well in our benchmarks, even with its low-power nature.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
It's actually only just beaten by the two Core i7 processors in a few of the benchmarks.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i5 2500T

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2500T


Core i5 2500T

Cinebench R11.5

Core i5 2500T

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

Core i5 2500T

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 2500T

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 2500T

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i5 2500T

Of course it helps no end that, unlike the Intel Core i3 2100, the i5 2500T is a fully paid up member of the quad-core brigade, with 6MB of L3 cache to back up its 2.3GHz clock speed.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

We were able to get it up to 1.65GHz before running into problems with Just Cause 2.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
Pricing details for the 2500T are a bit sketchy at the moment, but even if it does come out around the £150 mark, another £50 on top of the i3 2100, then it's still another nail in the coffin of the low-performing i3.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
It's the T part of the name that's the important bit – it means that the chip has a TDP of just 45W.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)


Despite the lack of the i7 quad's HyperThreading, you do get Turbo boost, which can push that lowly core speed as high as 3.3GHz.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
But unlike the i3 2100, the 2500T has a lot of performance built in.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
It's not the only lower-power member of the family – there's also the 2500S.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)


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.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
But – and there always has to be a but – Intel has locked the multiplier on the Core i5 2500T, so the overclocking options on the CPU part of the core are limited.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
Well, its pleasing to say that the Core i5 2500T doesn't cut many corners at all, and in fact holds its own in the majority of our tests.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)


The thinking is that every high-performance component is compromised to allow the processor to carry the 'low power' banner.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
It would be the ideal CPU to base a media or HTPC around, since its low TDP means you could get away with using just a small quiet fan to keep it cool.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
Usually when you see the words 'low power' next to a CPU it brings up thoughts of poor performance.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)


Not because of their overclocking ability – they don't really have any – but because they're low power chips.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
Once again Intel has decided to lock down the 2500T, so its overclocking options are pretty limited.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)
The Core i5 2500T performs so well you can almost forgive Intel about the lack of overclocking potential... almost.
by Tech Radar (Apr, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 2.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz
Cores Quad core
Socket type LGA 1155
Is unlocked No


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. AES
  3. SSE
  4. SSE2
  5. SSE4.1
  6. SSE3
  7. Supplemental SSE3
  8. SSE4.2
  9. AVX
  10. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year
Performance per watt 4.12 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W


Architecture DMI
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s


Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 23
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.8°C


Overclocked clock speed 3.07 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.07 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1333
  2. DDR3-1066
  3. DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB
Report a correction


comments powered by Disqus