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AMD A8-6500 vs Intel Core i5-2500

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AMD A8-6500 advantages



AMD A8-6500
  • The AMD A8-6500 incorporates F16C, FMA3 and XOP instructions, that appeared in modern CPUs not too far ago. These extensions are not widely used in programs yet, however their support should improve in future apps.
  • The microprocessor has FMA4 instruction set extension enabled. Only AMD microprocessors offer this technology, therefore not many software vendors may support it in the future.
  • The AMD A8-6500 is 32% more energy efficient.

Intel Core i5-2500 advantages



Intel Core i5-2500
  • In single-threaded tasks, the Intel i5-2500 has 39% better performance.
  • The CPU performs 67% faster when running multi-threaded applications.
  • Memory performance of the processor is better.
  • In graphics tasks, the microprocessor has 5% higher performance.

A8-6500 vs i5-2500 performance comparison

The charts below demonstrate relative performance of A8-6500 and Core i5-2500 CPUs in a number of different types of tasks. To determine displayed numbers we averaged results for a few benchmarks for each specific task type. As a result, the shown results may differ from results, that you may receive in individual tests. We also averaged the numbers for application type specific benchmarks and all-around performance benchmarks, and presented them in the 'Overall performance' chart.
Single-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.39
 
 
Higher is better
Multi-threaded performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.67
 
 
Higher is better
Memory-intensive applications
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.43
 
 
Higher is better
Discrete Graphics performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.05
 
 
Higher is better
Overall performance
2
1.6
1.2
0.8
0.4
0
 
 
1
 
1.3
 
 
Higher is better
 

  - AMD A8-6500       - Intel Core i5-2500

Please see the "Benchmarks" tab for complete list of benchmarks, demonstrating performance difference between AMD A8-6500 and i5-2500 in various types of applications.


A8-6500 vs i5-2500 power consumption comparison

Thermal Design Power
110
88
66
44
22
0
 
 
65W
 
95W
 
 
Lower is better
 

Detailed side by side comparison of AMD A8-6500 vs i5-2500 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab. Even more detailed comparison of low level features of both processors is located in the "CPUIDs" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

A8-6500 Core i5-2500
General recommendations:
Features F16C / FMA3 / XOP instructions,
Somewhat lower power consumption
  General recommendations:
Somewhat faster in all kinds of programs,
Performs slightly better in games and graphics applications

Drawbacks:

Performs worse in all types of applications,
Insignificantly lower graphics performance
 

Drawbacks:

Lacks some instructions,
Requires somewhat more power

Similar processors

A8-6500 Core i5-2500
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as AMD A8-6500 and Intel Core i5-2500.

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Specifications

Please visit AMD A8-6500 and Intel Core i5-2500 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 AMD A8-6500Intel Core i5-2500
Market segmentDesktop
ManufacturerAMDIntel
FamilyA8-SeriesCore i5
Basic details
Model numberA8-6500i5-2500
CPU part numberAD6500OKA44HLCM8062300834203
Box part numberAD6500OKHLBOXBX80623I52500
BXC80623I52500
Introduction dateJune 4, 2013January 9, 2011
Current official price$97 (as of Apr 2014) 
 
CPU features
Core nameRichlandSandy Bridge
MicroarchitecturePiledriverSandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket FM2Socket 1155
Frequency (MHz)35003300
Turbo Frequency (MHz)41003700 / 3600 / 3500 / 3400
Clock Multiplier 33
L1 cache128 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)40961024
L3 cache (KB) 6144
Max temperature (°C)71.372.6
TDP (Watt)6595
Cores4
Threads4
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+
BMI1 / Bit Manipulation+-
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+-
FMA3 / 3-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
FMA4 / 4-operand Fused Multiply-Add+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
XOP / eXtended Operations+-
 
Supported technologies
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Trusted Execution-+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeRadeon HD 8570DHD 2000
Base frequency (MHz)800850
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1866DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)29.921.3
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "AMD A8-6500" or "Intel Core i5-2500" parts please click on the links in the table header.

Benchmarks

System setup

Below is a partial set of AMD A8-6500 and Intel Core i5-2500 benchmarks from our CPU benchmark database. The former processor was tested on ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M motherboard with 4GB dual-channel Crucial BallistixPC3-14900 (DDR3-1866) memory, and MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI Radeon). The latter processor was tested on ASUS P8P67 motherboard, that had 2 GB dual-channel Corsair TR3X3G1600C9 DDR3 memory, and MSI R6670 1GB GDDR5 (ATI Radeon) graphics. For different system configurations please see tests of A8-6500 and Intel Core i5-2500 CPUs in our benchmark database.

All tests were performed at default frequency and voltage, using manufacturer's stock fan/heatsink. None of the components were overclocked. Motherboard BIOS options were left at default settings.

The results of all benchmarks are broken into four categories: multi-threaded, single-threaded, memory intensive and graphics / gaming.


A8-6500 vs Intel Core i5-2500 single-threaded benchmarks

Single-threaded benchmarks run on a single CPU core, and do not depend on such features as the number of cores, or Hyper-Threading technology. Additionally, they do not utilize on-chip caches, dedicated to other cores.


    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core i5-2500

3DMark03 CPU score benchmark

Uses DirectX software vertex shader to run Wings of Fury and Trolls' Lair games, and calculates a 3DMark03 CPU score based on averaged number of frames per second, achieved by the CPU/GPU combination.
100%
64.5%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score (1 core) benchmark

Measures performance of a single-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
64.0%

FLAC encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted by a single CPU core from WAV to FLAC format using the best possible compression.
100%
82.0%

H.264 video encoding - single process benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by one CPU thread from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using high quality settings.
100%
85.7%

LAME MP3 encoding - single process benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by one CPU core per one minute.
100%
70.1%

    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core i5-2500

PCMark2002 CPU score benchmark

100%
75.1%

Super PI (1M) benchmark

Measures time, required to calculate the first 1 million digits after the decimal point in the number Pi.
100%
43.5%

XVid video encoding - single process benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by a single CPU core from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
85.2%


A8-6500 vs Intel Core i5-2500 multi-threaded benchmarks

Multi-threaded benchmarks utilize all CPU cores and other on-chip resources (on-chip caches, internal buffers, etc). Intel's Hyper-Threading feature also helps to improve multi-threading performance.


    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core i5-2500

3DMark06 CPU score benchmark

Estimates processor performance based on how fast it runs such CPU-intensive code as game logic, physics and pathfinding AI. The test requires DirectX 9.0.
100%
70.2%

Apache web server - dynamic pages benchmark

Shows an average number of dynamic HTML pages served per second by local instance of Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
68.4%

Apache web server - static pages benchmark

Shows an average number of very simple static HTML pages served per second by local Apache 1.3.41 web server. The test has much greater error margin than other tests.
100%
42.6%

Blowfish encryption benchmark

Reports encryption speed of pre-defined 32KB text block. The data is encrypted using Blowfish algorithm.
100%
53.9%

CINEBENCH R10 CPU score benchmark

Measures performance of multi-core rendering of a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
52.5%

    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core i5-2500

CINEBENCH R10 render time (seconds) benchmark

Measures time taken to render a photo-realistic 3D image using CINEMA 4D software engine.
100%
52.5%

CrystalMark ALU benchmark

Runs Fibonacci, Napierian, Eratosthenes and QuickSort integer performance tests on all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
100%
66.9%

CrystalMark FPU benchmark

Executes MikoFPU, RandMeanSS, FFT and Mandelbrot FPU-dependent tests using all CPU cores, and reports the sum of results.
100%
60.2%

Euler3D benchmark

100%
57.0%

FLAC encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of songs, converted from WAV to FLAC format by all CPU cores using the best possible compression.
100%
58.8%

    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core i5-2500

Fritz Chess Benchmark benchmark

100%
61.9%

H.264 video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using single-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
63.4%

H.264 video encoding - multithreaded benchmark

Measures the number of frames, converted by all logical processors from MPEG2 format to H.264 format using multi-threading system calls, dual-pass method and high quality settings.
100%
74.8%

LAME MP3 encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports the number of MP3 songs, encoded by all CPU cores per one minute.
100%
53.1%

PCMark05 CPU score benchmark

100%
76.2%

    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core i5-2500

PCMark05 score benchmark

100%
87.9%

Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) benchmark

Runs Dhrystone test on all cores, and reports estimated integer performance in MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second).
100%
50.0%

Sandra MultiMedia Floating Point (it/s) benchmark

100%
65.5%

Sandra MultiMedia Integer (it/s) benchmark

100%
84.5%

Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
47.1%

    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core i5-2500

Sandra Whetstone SSE2 (MFLOPS) benchmark

Runs SSE2-enabled Whetstone test on all cores, and reports estimated floating-point performance in MFLOPS (Millions of Floating-Point Operations Per Second).
100%
61.1%

XVid video encoding - multiple processes benchmark

Reports how many frames per second can be transcoded by all CPU cores from MPEG2 to XVid (MPEG4) format, utilizing single-pass conversion method.
100%
67.1%

wPrime v1.55 (32M) benchmark

wPrime benchmark measures time taken to calculate square roots of numbers from 1 to 33554431.
100%
54.6%


A8-6500 vs Intel Core i5-2500 graphics benchmarks

Graphics benchmarks depend on the type of integrated or discrete graphics adapter, and to less extent on the processor performance. Because these benchmarks are synthetic, they may not truly represent gaming performance. However, they still can be used to estimate whether one processor will perform faster or slower than another CPU in games and other 3D tasks.


    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core i5-2500

3DMark03 game score benchmark

Measures graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs using 4 different game simulations, that have varying level of DirectX support from version 7 to version 9.
100%
96.0%

3DMark06 3DMark score benchmark

Measures 3D graphics and game performance of CPU/GPU combination by running 4 game simulations, that make extensive use of DirectX 9.0/9.0C capabilities.
100%
94.8%

3DMark2001 score benchmark

Runs a series of game simulations and feature tests to measure graphics and 3D game performance of discrete and integrated GPUs. It utilizes a single CPU core, and it is compatible with DirectX 8 and later APIs.
100%
68.7%

CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL score benchmark

100%
76.0%

PCMark05 Graphics score benchmark

100%
94.6%


A8-6500 vs Intel Core i5-2500 memory performance

Memory-intensive tests or programs move large amounts of data to/from memory, and they depend more on memory throughput and the size of on-chip caches, rather than on CPU integer/FP/SIMD performance.


    AMD A8-6500           Intel Core i5-2500

7Zip compressing/decompressing speed (1 thread) benchmark

100%
76.7%

CrystalMark Memory benchmark

Evaluates Read, Write, Read/Write and Cache memory bandwidth score. The final result is the sum of measured results.
100%
66.3%

PCMark05 Memory score benchmark

100%
53.8%

PCMark2002 Memory score benchmark

100%
59.4%

WinRAR compressing/decompressing speed benchmark

100%
85.7%

CPUIDs

The table below compares two random CPUID records for AMD A8-6500 and Intel Core i5-2500 microprocessors, that were submitted to our CPUID database. Please note that different steppings of Intel processors, identified by S-spec numbers or CPUID, may have slightly different features. For that reason the comparison table below only applies to CPUs with specific S-Spec number / CPUID.

  CPUID 1 CPUID 2
ManufacturerAMDIntel
CPU FamilyA8-SeriesCore i5
Model / Processor NumberA8-6500i5-2500
Frequency3493 MHz3310 MHz
CWID version0.50.4
Part numberAD6500OKA44HLCM8062300834203
S-Spec / Stepping CodeGA 1310PNYSR00T
 
General information
VendorAuthenticAMDGenuineIntel
Processor name (BIOS)AMD A8-6500 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Cores4
Compute units2 
Logical processors4
Processor typeOriginal OEM Processor
Core steppingRL-A1 
CPUID signature610F31206A7
Family21 (015h) 6 (06h)
Model19 (013h)42 (02Ah)
Stepping 1 (01h) 7 (07h)
SocketFM2 
TLB/Cache details 64-byte Prefetching
Data TLB0: 2-MB or 4-MB pages, 4-way set associative, 32 entries
Data TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
Instruction TLB: 4-KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 128 entries
L2 TLB: 1-MB, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Shared 2nd-level TLB: 4 KB pages, 4-way set associative, 512 entries
 
Cache
L1 data: Associativity4-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 data: CommentsDirect-mapped
L1 data: Line size64 bytes
L1 data: Size4 x 16 KB4 x 32 KB
L1 instruction: Associativity2-way set associative8-way set associative
L1 instruction: CommentsDirect-mapped|1 cache per 2 coresDirect-mapped
L1 instruction: Line size64 bytes
L1 instruction: Size2 x 64 KB4 x 32 KB
L2: Associativity16-way set associative8-way set associative
L2: CommentsNon-inclusive|Direct-mapped|1 cache per 2 coresNon-inclusive|Direct-mapped
L2: Line size64 bytes
L2: Size2 x 2 MB4 x 256 KB
L3: Associativity 12-way set associative
L3: Comments Inclusive|Shared between all cores
L3: Line size 64 bytes
L3: Size 6 MB
 
Instruction set extensions
AES+
AMD extensions to MMX+-
AVX+
BMI1+-
F16C+-
FMA+-
FMA4+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSE4A+-
SSSE3+
TBM+-
XOP+-
 
Additional instructions
Advanced Bit manipulation+-
CLFLUSH+
CMOV+
CMPXCHG16B+
CMPXCHG8B+
FXSAVE/FXRSTORE+
MONITOR/MWAIT+
PCLMULDQ+
POPCNT+
PREFETCH/PREFETCHW+-
RDTSCP+
SKINIT/STGI support+-
SYSCALL/SYSRET+-
SYSENTER/SYSEXIT+
XSAVE/XRESTORE states+
 
Major features
64-bit / Intel 64+
Enhanced SpeedStep-+
Intel Trusted Execution technology-+
Intel Virtualization-+
NX bit/XD-bit+
On-chip Floating Point Unit+
PowerNow! / Cool'n'Quiet+-
Secure Virtual Machine (Virtualization)+-
Turbo Boost-+
Turbo Core+-
 
Other features
1 GB large page support+-
100MHz multiplier control+-
128-bit SSE instructions+-
36-bit page-size extensions+
64-bit debug store-+
Advanced programmable interrupt controller+
CPL qualified debug store-+
Core multi-processing legacy mode+-
Debug store-+
Debugging extensions+
Digital Thermal Sensor capability-+
Extended APIC space+-
Extended xAPIC support-+
FXSAVE/FXRSTOR optimizations+-
Hardware P-state control+-
Hardware thermal control+-
Instruction based sampling+-
LAHF/SAHF support in 64-bit mode+
LBR virtualization+-
LOCK MOV CR0 means MOV CR8+-
Lightweight profiling support+-
Machine check architecture+
Machine check exception+
Memory-type range registers+
Misaligned SSE mode+-
Model-specific registers+
Nested page tables+-
OS visible workaround+-
Page attribute table+
Page global extension+
Page-size extensions (4MB pages)+
Pending break enable-+
Perfmon and Debug capability-+
Physical address extensions+
Power Limit Notification capability-+
Process context identifiers-+
SVM lock+-
Self-snoop-+
Support for NRIP save+-
THERMTRIP+-
TSC rate is ensured to be invariant across all states+
Temperature sensor+-
Thermal monitor-+
Thermal monitor 2-+
Thermal monitor and software controlled clock facilities-+
Time stamp counter+
Timestamp counter deadline-+
Translation Cache Extension+-
Virtual 8086-mode enhancements+
Watchdog timer support+-
xTPR Update Control-+
+ - feature is supported
- - feature is not supported
Features, not supported by all processors in the table, are not displayed

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