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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 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Slightly more l3 cache 6 MB vs 4 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Jun, 2011 Release date over 4 years later
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.77 GHz vs 3.4 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.29 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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 Phenom II X4 650T

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AMD Phenom II X4 650T

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Core i5 6500  vs Phenom II X4 650T 

clock speed

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i5 6500
3.77 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i5 6500
4.29 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 6500  vs
Phenom II X4 650T 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i5 6500  vs
Phenom II X4 650T 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.77 GHz 3.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.29 GHz 2.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.77 GHz 3.4 GHz

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
Typical power consumption 52.81W 77.19W
Intel Core i5 6500
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AMD Phenom II X4 650T
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