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Front view of Intel Core i5 2500

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 2500

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 180 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 2.2x higher clock speed
Significantly more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.25 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,857 vs 408 More than 4.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.7 GHz vs 1.68 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better PassMark score 6,257 vs 267 Around 23.5x better PassMark score
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 3x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon MP 1600+

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AMD Athlon MP 1600+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon MP 1600+ vs the Intel Core i5 2500.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 2500 vs Athlon MP 1600+

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 2500  vs
Athlon MP 1600+ 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 1.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core
Socket type
LGA 1155
563
462

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i5 2500  vs
Athlon MP 1600+ 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.25 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 180 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.7 GHz 1.68 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz 1.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.7 GHz 1.68 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 77.19W N/A
Intel Core i5 2500
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