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Front view of Intel Core i5 6500

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 6500

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 159.66W 3x lower typical power consumption
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
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 56.1 $/year 3.6x lower annual home energy cost
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,951 vs 1,525 Around 30% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 159.62 $/year 2.8x lower annual commercial energy cost
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Oct, 2012 Release date over 2 years later
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71 °C vs 61 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of AMD FX 8350

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 1 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better performance per dollar 8.15 pt/$ vs 0.63 pt/$ Around 13x better performance per dollar
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz vs 3.6 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
More cores 8 vs 4 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
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) 4.69 GHz vs 3.77 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 8.79 GHz vs 4.29 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better PassMark score 9,134 vs 7,217 More than 25% better PassMark score
Better performance per watt 5.72 pt/W vs 3.9 pt/W More than 45% better performance per watt

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 6500 vs FX 8350

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 6500
FX 8350

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 6500
FX 8350

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 6500
5,880 MB/s
FX 8350
2,470,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 6500
FX 8350

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 6500
FX 8350

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i5 6500  vs
FX 8350 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Octa core
Is unlocked No Yes


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
AVX 1.1
Supplemental SSE3
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 125W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 56.1 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 159.62 $/year
Performance per watt 3.9 pt/W 5.72 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 159.66W


Core i5 6500  vs
FX 8350 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 8
L2 cache 1 MB 8 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 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 71°C Unknown - 61°C


Overclocked clock speed 3.77 GHz 4.69 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.29 GHz 8.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.77 GHz 4.69 GHz

integrated graphics

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
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s
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Hey am about to upgrade my PC and i have a question for you because you look like a person who have searched alot for PC Specs So there is my question : I want to start YouTube videos with Minecraft and some times even streaming but i don't know what CPU is better for Minecraft AMD FX-8350 or Intel Core i5 6500 ? And one more thing : I want to buy The EVGA GTX 750 Ti do anyone have a better GPU or CPU to prefer for me and why ? And last question what CPU and GPU do you have and how many FPS do you get on Minecraft when recording and when not recording. I hope you will respond to my questions. :)
are you crazy the amd has 8 cores its great for editing and better at muultitasking ....i own 8350 ....yes i5 has better single core perofomance but when actually multitasking the i5 loses heres an example gta v on both cpus with same graphics card ....i5 cpu runs 100percent most off the time .....multitasking impossible and i have tested this on 4460 haswell i5 ....when i mean multitasking i mean running dual 1080p screens running the game one and a few browser tabs and a 1080p online movie stream or tv ...u cant do this work load on i5 with out huge problems ,....fx 8350 ...runs gta v uses 40 to 60 percent cpu .... leaving headroom for your 1080p movie stream and multiple internet tabs sick to death off people saying intel intel intel ..... u dont own a 8350 and you clearly dont multitask so stop spreading stuff you read from tomshardware ......gaming on the i5 is better altho tbh non off the games i play have any trouble on my system i will give u a list off what i play at 1080p .....whille multitasking black ops 1/2/3 just cause 2/3 gta v minecraft wwe 2k16 watchdogs mad max saints rows series forza 6 apex demo ....(recoomend 16gb ram for this game ) i play others but these are the main ones i play no problem ....and i aint someone whos just watched a few videos on youtube or read a post or 2 on the forums i own this system ...its much cheaper then an intel i7 ..... yes intel 8 core /16 thread would rape the fx 8350 at multitasking more then likely but for the price diffrence the fx 8350 is a sweet cpu ....and i aint no fan boy i have always owned mostly intel heres my complete cpu list pentium 4 3.6 ghz ht pentium d 930/950 core2duo e6300/e8500 core2qaud q8200/q8400 i3 4360 i5 4460 athlon x2 5000/6000 athlon x4 640 fx 8350 i got the i3 and i5 haswell systems very cheap 120 each for both with 500gb and 8gb ddr3 i sold the i3 cheap to a mate who needed a pc and i swapped the i5 4460 cpu and board for 8350/16gb ddr3/motherboard/gtx 950 brand new ,,,,,, gaming on the i5 and 8350 i saw little diffrence some games the fx was a head a bit ...mins on some games was slightly higher on intel and im talking a few fps thats not notacble unless watching fraps ....where the fx excells is multitasking .... gaming one screen while doing other shit on another is much better on the amd ..... ...and boards for skylake have stopped overlocking non k cpus ...... skylake i5 if u just want to game and nothing else ...amd fx if you want to save money have pretty simualr gaming in most games and multitasking ,,
from what your asking id say go with Intel reason being amd isn't really cut out for editing and the compatibility is very shoddy with alot of games plus you would need to get a good cooler and overclock a bit to get the most out of it which isnt to much of a jump where as Intel its just practical for editing and with the new skylake series the motherboards allow overclocking on non k processors but make sure the motherboard is capable.
I multi task quite a bit and most ( if not all ) of the programs ( video and photo and games ) software i use daily support multi threading and the performance difference is in AMD favor ( in only single thread application does this Intel cpu beat AMD's so i would save the 50 to65 bucks to spend on a bigger ssd ( also the motherboard might be cheaper too ) ! It would take over 5 year here to recoup the difference in electricity use ( 65w cpu vs 125 w cpu ) !
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