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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 2500

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 2500

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Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.7 GHz vs 3.24 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.6 °C vs 71.3 °C Almost the same
Front view of AMD A8 5500

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AMD A8 5500

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 2500 vs A8 5500

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 2500
2,411
A8 5500
2,627

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2500
8,816
A8 5500
4,972

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2500
2,796
A8 5500
1,806

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2500
2,410,000 MB/s
A8 5500
2,070,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2500
8,767
A8 5500
4,891

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2500
9,632
A8 5500
5,163

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 2500
6,257
A8 5500
3,986

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 2500
1,857
A8 5500
1,270

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 2500  vs
A8 5500 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 9.04 pt/W 7.02 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W

details

Core i5 2500  vs
A8 5500 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 57 1
Overclocked clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.24 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz 3.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.7 GHz 3.24 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2000 Radeon™ HD 7560D
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 760 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
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