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Front view of Intel Core i5 6500

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 6500

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,951 vs 1,446 Around 35% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Oct, 2012 Release date over 2 years later
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71 °C vs 62.5 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1.33 MB/core Around 15% more l3 cache per core
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
Front view of AMD FX 6300

Reasons to consider the
AMD FX 6300

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better performance per dollar 9.35 pt/$ vs 0.63 pt/$ More than 14.8x better performance per dollar
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Higher turbo clock speed 4.1 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better performance per watt 9.84 pt/W vs 3.9 pt/W More than 2.5x better performance per watt
Slightly more l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.75 GHz vs 3.77 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 6 vs 4 2 more threads
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.82 GHz vs 4.29 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 6500 vs FX 6300

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 6500
13,537
FX 6300
7,871

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 6500
4,233
FX 6300
2,053

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 6500
5,880 MB/s
FX 6300
2,290,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 6500
7,217
FX 6300
6,444

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 6500
1,951
FX 6300
1,446

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 6500  vs
FX 6300 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 4.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Is unlocked No Yes

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
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 95W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 3.9 pt/W 9.84 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 77.19W

details

Core i5 6500  vs
FX 6300 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 6
L2 cache 1 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 71°C Unknown - 62.5°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.77 GHz 4.75 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.29 GHz 4.82 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.77 GHz 4.75 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 530 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 350 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3L-1600
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s
Intel Core i5 6500
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