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Front view of Intel Core i5 6500

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Intel Core i5 6500

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More l3 cache 6 MB vs 3 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better PassMark score 7,217 vs 5,478 More than 30% better PassMark score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 71 °C vs 65 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of Intel Core i3 6100

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Higher clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 1.84 pt/$ vs 0.63 pt/$ Around 3x better performance per dollar
Lower typical power consumption 41.44W vs 52.81W More than 20% lower typical power consumption
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.25 GHz vs 3.77 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,106 vs 1,951 Around 10% better PassMark (Single core) score
Slightly better performance per watt 4.51 pt/W vs 3.9 pt/W More than 15% better performance per watt
Lower annual home energy cost 12.29 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 20% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 44.68 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 20% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 6500 vs i3 6100

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i5 6500  vs
i3 6100 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Is unlocked No No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 51W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 12.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 44.68 $/year
Performance per watt 3.9 pt/W 4.51 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 41.44W


Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 8,000 MT/s


Core i5 6500  vs
i3 6100 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L3 cache 6 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 71°C Unknown - 65°C


Overclocked clock speed 3.77 GHz 4.25 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.29 GHz 4.39 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.77 GHz 4.25 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® HD Graphics 530
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,050 MHz

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 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 65,536 MB
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