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Intel Core i5-3210M

Intel 3210M

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.

SeriesIntel Core i5
CodenameIvy Bridge
Series: 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 i5-3437U (compare)1900 - 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
Clock Rate2500 - 3100 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)35 Watt
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Max. Temperature105 °C
SocketFCPGA988
FeaturesHD Graphics 4000 (650-1100MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1100 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$225 U.S.
Announcement Date06/03/2012
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 3210M

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 2.42     avg: 2.9     median: 2.9 (12%)     max: 2.91 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 0.97     avg: 1.2     median: 1.3 (20%)     max: 1.28 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3826     avg: 4163     median: 4168.5 (56%)     max: 4287 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 8605     avg: 8899.5     median: 8936 (18%)     max: 9046 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 8914     avg: 10833.5     median: 10977.5 (27%)     max: 11195 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4168     avg: 5215.4     median: 5265 (43%)     max: 5389 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 532.7     avg: 586.2     median: 578.6 (7%)     max: 754.7 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 16.8     avg: 19.2     median: 18.6 (4%)     max: 32.928 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2301     avg: 2453.2     median: 2486 (29%)     max: 2544 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 16.21     avg: 16.4     median: 16.4 (10%)     max: 16.595 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 85.01     avg: 87     median: 86.6 (37%)     max: 90 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.136     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (9%)     max: 0.151 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.213     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (12%)     max: 0.259 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 1.3     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (12%)     max: 1.4 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3044     avg: 3523.4     median: 3553 (28%)     max: 3679 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.7     median: 12.7 (3%)     max: 14.095 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 28     avg: 29.1     median: 29 (1%)     max: 31.049 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 648     avg: 675.1     median: 673.5 (3%)     max: 735.494 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 57.1     avg: 45908.8     median: 49310 (23%)     max: 57900 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 36.75     avg: 32843.3     median: 36410 (28%)     max: 36760 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 6.9     avg: 7.1     median: 7.1 (91%)     max: 7.1 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 4195     avg: 9352.3     median: 9673 (18%)     max: 10001 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 1676     avg: 3612     median: 3651 (22%)     max: 4129 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 12328     avg: 27989.6     median: 29048 (19%)     max: 35036 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2596     avg: 2786.7     median: 2808.5 (7%)     max: 2888 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3802     avg: 3965.3     median: 3986.5 (18%)     max: 4136 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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