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Intel Core i5 2500T review

Intel delivers some low-powered gaming muscle

Our Verdict

The Core i5 2500T performs so well you can almost forgive Intel about the lack of overclocking potential... almost.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Lower power
  • Reasonable overclocking on the graphics

Against

  • Locked multipliers
  • Could be hard to find

Hitting the low-powered, green gamer is Intel's Core i5 2500T. We've already had a good look at Intel's Core i5 2500K processor; it's getting a reputation as the go-to chip if your budget won't quite stretch to an Intel Core i7 2600K.

Although it's getting all the attention as the flagship chip in the second generation Core i5 line-up, there are a couple of other interesting family members. Not because of their overclocking ability – they don't really have any – but because they're low power chips.

The most interesting one of these is this Core i5 2500T.

It's the T part of the name that's the important bit – it means that the chip has a TDP of just 45W. That may still sound like a fair old chunk of power, but it's a remarkable 50W lower than the 2500K.

On the flip side, unlike the 2500K, the multipliers aren't unlocked so there's not a lot you can to improve on the default 2.3GHz (3.3GHz with Turbo) clock speed.

It's not the only lower-power member of the family – there's also the 2500S. The S series of chips have slightly higher TDP of 65 Watts.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Thermal Design Power45 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i5 i5-2500
L3 Cache6 MB
Clock Speed2.30 GHz
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameIntel
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification69.8°C
Direct Media Interface5 GT/s
Width37.5 mm
Depth37.5 mm
L2 Cache1 MB
Product Seriesi5-2500
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product Modeli5-2500T
Product NameCore i5 Quad-core i5-2500T 2.3GHz Desktop Processor
Package TypeOEM
Product LineCore i5
Manufacturer Part NumberCM8062301001910
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Intel Core i5 processor delivers the next level of productivity. With Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, this quad-core processor with 4-way multitasking capability delivers extra speed whenever you need it as well as security features to help protect information and data.

Packaged Quantity1
Process Technology32 nm