The Intel Core i5-8500 @ 3.00GHz processor belongs to the eighth generation of Intel processors, released in 2018 (they are currently on the 11th). It is a mid-range processor, with some years on the market and proven capacity. We will see some of the specifications to see if it is up to a current gaming PC.
Intel Core i5-8500 @ 3.00GHz processor features
This processor has 6 cores and the same amount of threads. This is because it does not have the Huper Threading technology that current processors of the same range have. As for the cache , it has 9 MB of Intel Smart memory that is accessible simultaneously by all cores. It is not at all negligible in this regard, but the threads seem to fall somewhat short when compared to last generation processors.
In terms of processing speed, the Intel Core i5-8500 @ 3.00GHz has a 3.00 GHz base frequency, which is extended to 4.10 GHz. This is thanks to Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, which increases the speed of a core as thermal capacity allows. In this regard, we must highlight the low thermal design power (TDP), of only 65 W. That means that we will not have problems in terms of cooling the equipment, with a standard cooler. Remember that this processor does not come with a thermal solution included, so we must purchase one separately.
Finally, you have to consider that the Intel Core i5-8500 @ 3.00GHz has integrated graphics. These are the Intel 630 UHD, which are included in many of the brand’s processors. It has 64 GB of maximum non-exclusive memory and support for 4K at 60Hz resolutions. Likewise, as always, to obtain the best performance it is advisable to have a discrete graphics card over the included graphics. It should also be noted that this component is not unlocked for overclocking. If desired, a newer generation processor must be purchased.
In general, this processor has features of a mid-range. We can’t expect more than this indicates, but within its limitations it performs excellently. We will have no problem playing VALORANT, League of Legends or FIFA 22.
Definitely, we are facing a good option if you do not want to spend a lot. With its limitations because it is a mid-range and being three generations behind the current one, it can be an economical alternative.