The Intel Core i5-5200U is an important name in the world of notebook processors, since it is among the most popular chips. That’s understandable since it is a prime example of a mid-range CPU, widely used in numerous laptop configurations. The i5-5200U sits in the middle of the latest 5th Generation Intel Core “Broadwell” CPU range, between the i3-5010U and i7-5500U. Broadwell is known for its great power efficiency and better performance-per-watt ratio than on the previous Intel’s 4th Gen Core i5-4xx0U and similar parts by AMD.
The processor has two cores running at 2.2-2.7GHz. Alongside TurboBoost technology for clock speed increase depending on usage scenario, the i5-5200U supports HyperThreading, which allows two computing treads per core.
The chip has a PassMark benchmark score of roughly 3,600 points. The result confirms the mid-range nature of the i5-5200U. In the real world use, it provides flawless and fast completion of the daily computing tasks of the home and office users. More demanding stuff like editing of high-resolution photography and Full HD movie creation can be done on the i5-5200U, but for these tasks the i7 parts are more optimal solution, especially the quad-core i7.
The chip has built-in Intel HD 5500-series integrated graphics, which can be used for occasional web games, MMORPGs, and select first person shooter and racing titles on low graphics settings. High-resolution video playback, including 1080p Full HD and 2160p Ultra HD 4K, is supported without taxing the CPU much.
Real World Use Test
For the Intel Core i5-5200U real world-use test, we used an Acer Aspire E5 notebook. Alongside the i5 CPU, it features 8GB of system memory, a lower-end SandDisk solid state drive which is nevertheless way faster than any traditional HDD, and Windows 8.1 operating system.
In the video below, you can see what working on a laptop with the i5-5200U looks like. Tasks that run flawlessly on the tested system are file browsing, Web browsing with many heavy web pages opened, editing of multiple Word and Excel documents simultaneously, large .pdf document reading, large .jpg image editing, and audio and video playback. On the other hand, Java-based Minecraft game and Microsoft’s free and popular Movie Maker video editing program loaded the CPU quite a bit. But, Minecraft, as same as many other games reviewed here, runs flawlessly on the i5-5200U and its Intel HD 5500 IGP. It’s worth noting the i5-5200U and many other Intel CPUs feature QuickSync technology for faster video editing and conversion, but Movie Maker isn’t on the list of programs supporting it.
Check out laptops with the i5-5200U.