CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2500K vs 5550M among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

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CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 2500K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 2500K  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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Front view of Intel Core i5 2500K

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 2500K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 2500K

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 55% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 20% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,863 vs 995 More than 85% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.01 GHz vs 2.82 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 10,319 vs 3,344 More than 3x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Better PassMark score 6,383 vs 3,010 More than 2x better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.77 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 70% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A8 5550M

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AMD A8 5550M

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Much better performance per dollar 15.26 pt/$ vs 3.58 pt/$ More than 4.2x better performance per dollar
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 112.55W 4x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 72.6 °C Around 45% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Mar, 2013 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 41.29 $/year 4.9x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 110.03 $/year 3.6x lower annual commercial energy cost
Slightly better performance per watt 13.51 pt/W vs 5.92 pt/W More than 2.2x better performance per watt

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 2500K vs A8 5550M

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

A8 5550M
2,349

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 5550M
3,213

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A8 5550M
1,387

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2500K
2,530,000 MB/s
A8 5550M
1,680,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2500K
10,319
A8 5550M
3,344

GeekBench

Core i5 2500K
13,624
A8 5550M
3,344

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

A8 5550M
2,400

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

A8 5550M
3,010

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 2500K  vs
A8 5550M 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 95W 35W
Annual home energy cost 41.29 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 110.03 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 5.92 pt/W 13.51 pt/W
Typical power consumption 112.55W 28.44W

details

Core i5 2500K  vs
A8 5550M 
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 5 - 72.6°C Unknown - 105°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 5.01 GHz 2.82 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.77 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.01 GHz 2.82 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Radeon™ HD 8550G
Latest DirectX 10.1 11.0
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 515 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 720 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Intel Core i5 2500K
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