Intel Core i5-3210M vs Intel Core i5-3437U

Intel Core i5-3210M

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The Intel Core i5-3210M is a fast dual-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Due to Hyperthreading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.5 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.1 GHz (for 1 active core). Turbo-clocks are not confirmed yet. As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessors, it offers a 3 MB L3-Cache.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i5-3210M is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is similar to the old i7-2620M.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

Just like most other Ivy Bridge dual-cores, the i5-3210M is rated at a TDP of 35 W. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i5.

Intel Core i5-3437U

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The Intel Core i5-3437U is an ULV-processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture released in Q1 2013. Due to Hyperthreading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 1.9 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 2.9 GHz (for 1 active core). As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessors, it offers a 3 MB L3-Cache.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i5-3437U is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. Overall performance is similar to a Core i3-3110M with a higher TDP of 35 W.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 350 MHz up to 1200 MHz with Turbo Boost, delivering a performance comparable with an AMD Radeon HD 6620G.

The ULV-CPUs are rated at a TDP of 17 W including graphics card and memory controller.  Therefore, the CPU is suited for small laptops and ultrabooks.

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Intel Core i5Intel Core i5
Ivy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i5 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i5-3380M (compare)2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3360M (compare)2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3340M (compare)2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3320M (compare)2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3230M (compare)2600 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-3210M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3437U1900 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3427U (compare)1800 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3337U (compare)1800 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3317U (compare)1700 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3439Y (compare)1500 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3339Y (compare)1500 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3380M (compare)2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3360M (compare)2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3340M (compare)2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3320M (compare)2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3230M (compare)2600 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3210M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-3437U1900 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3427U (compare)1800 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3337U (compare)1800 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3317U (compare)1700 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3439Y (compare)1500 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3339Y (compare)1500 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
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HD Graphics 4000 (650-1100MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000 (650-1200MHz), Turbo Boost 2.0, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization VT-x, AES, Intel 64, Anti-Theft, My WiFi, Idle States, Enhanced SpeedStep, Thermal Monitorin, Execute Disable Bit
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1200 MHz)
$225 U.S.
Intel Core i5 3210MIntel Core i5 3437U

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 209     avg: 224     median: 224 (5%)     max: 239 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 100     avg: 101     median: 101 (46%)     max: 102 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
2.9 Points (7%)
2.7 Points (6%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 0     avg: 1.2     median: 1 (50%)     max: 1 Points
1.2 Points (60%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3826     avg: 4163     median: 4168 (46%)     max: 4287 Points
min: 3953     avg: 3966     median: 3972 (43%)     max: 3973 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 8605     avg: 8899.5     median: 8936 (14%)     max: 9046 Points
min: 8255     avg: 8268     median: 8269 (13%)     max: 8280 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 8914     avg: 10833.5     median: 10977 (14%)     max: 11195 Points
min: 9939     avg: 10022.7     median: 9969 (13%)     max: 10160 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4168     avg: 5215.4     median: 5265 (51%)     max: 5389 Points
min: 4713     avg: 4887     median: 4921 (48%)     max: 5027 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 532     avg: 586.2     median: 578 (7%)     max: 754 seconds
min: 635     avg: 640.6     median: 641 (8%)     max: 644 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 16     avg: 19.2     median: 18 (4%)     max: 32 seconds
min: 19     avg: 20.5     median: 20 (4%)     max: 21 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2301     avg: 2453.2     median: 2486 (29%)     max: 2544 KB/s
min: 3205     avg: 3361.5     median: 3361 (39%)     max: 3518 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
16.4 fps (0%)
15.2 fps (0%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 85     avg: 87     median: 86 (32%)     max: 90 fps
min: 79     avg: 80.4     median: 80 (30%)     max: 81 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (8%)
0.1 GB/s (7%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (8%)
0.2 GB/s (8%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.4 GB/s (7%)
1.3 GB/s (6%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3044     avg: 3523.4     median: 3553 (24%)     max: 3679 Points
min: 3330     avg: 3383.3     median: 3398 (23%)     max: 3407 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.7     median: 12 (3%)     max: 14 Seconds
min: 13     avg: 13.6     median: 13 (3%)     max: 14 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 28     avg: 29.1     median: 29 (1%)     max: 31 Seconds
min: 30     avg: 31.1     median: 31 (1%)     max: 31 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 648     avg: 675.1     median: 673 (3%)     max: 735 Seconds
min: 701     avg: 715.6     median: 718 (3%)     max: 727 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 57     avg: 45908.8     median: 49310 (23%)     max: 57900 MIPS
54120 MIPS (26%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 36     avg: 32843.3     median: 36410 (28%)     max: 36760 MFLOPS
33100 MFLOPS (25%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 6     avg: 7.1     median: 7 (100%)     max: 7 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 4195     avg: 9352.3     median: 9673 (14%)     max: 10001 Points
min: 8750     avg: 8831     median: 8870 (12%)     max: 8873 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 1676     avg: 3612     median: 3651 (19%)     max: 4129 points
min: 2758     avg: 2961.8     median: 2977 (15%)     max: 3135 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 12328     avg: 27989.6     median: 29048 (19%)     max: 35036 Points
min: 22743     avg: 27673.8     median: 27293 (18%)     max: 31645 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 25548     avg: 25549     median: 25549 (30%)     max: 25550 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2596     avg: 2786.7     median: 2808 (7%)     max: 2888 Points
min: 2350     avg: 2471.4     median: 2491 (6%)     max: 2604 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3802     avg: 3965.3     median: 3986 (12%)     max: 4136 Points
min: 2833     avg: 3332.5     median: 3437 (11%)     max: 3622 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
5255 Points (42%)
4545 Points (37%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
5219 Points (47%)
4570 Points (41%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
6294 Points (11%)
5903 Points (10%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
5788 Points (10%)
5317 Points (9%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
5797 Points (13%)
5295 Points (12%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 4861     avg: 4965     median: 4965 (6%)     max: 5069 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 2333     avg: 2395     median: 2395 (49%)     max: 2457 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
5433.8 ms (9%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
121.8 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
6262 Points (12%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-3210M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-3437U → 97%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)