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Intel Core i5-10210U

Intel i5-10210U

The Intel Core i5-10210U is a power efficient quad-core SoC for notebooks based on the Comet Lake (CML-U) generation and was announced in August 2019. Compared to the similar Whiskey Lake processors (e.g. Core i5-8665U), the only difference is support for higher memory speeds (up to LPDDR4-2933 vs DDR4-2400) and two additional cores in the top model (not in this i5). The processor cores are clocked between 1.6 and 4.2 GHz (all 4 cores 3.9 GHz max). Thanks to Hyper-Threading 8 threads can be used. Compared to the faster i5-10510U, the level 3 cache was reduced from 8 to 6 MB. More information on Comet Lake and all the models and articles on it can be found here.

The integrated graphics adapter however is still the same as in the previous generations. It's still called Intel UHD Graphics 620 and clocked from 300 - 1100 MHz in the i5. Furthermore, the SoC integrates a VP9 and H.265 de- and encoder.

Performance

The average 10210U in our database is just as fast as the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, the Intel Core i7-8565U and the Intel Core i5-1035G1 are, as far as multi-thread benchmark scores are concerned. While the i5 is not a performance monster, it sails through basic day-to-day workloads with little effort.

Thanks to its decent cooling solution and a long-term power limit of 30 W, the Frost Canyon NUC (NUC10i5FNK) is among the fastest systems powered by the 10210U that we know of. It can be more than twice as fast in CPU-bound workloads as the slowest system featuring the same chip in our database, as of August 2023.

Power consumption

This Core i5 series chip has a default TDP, also known as the long-term power limit, of 15 W, a value that laptop makers are free to change to anything between 10 W and 25 W with clock speeds and performance changing accordingly as a result. By going for the lowest value, it is possible to build a passively cooled system around the i5. Please note that Comet Lake-U processors can briefly consume as much as 80 W or even 90 W when under heavy loads.

The Core i5-10210U is built with one of the old 14 nm Intel processes for very low, as of mid 2023, energy efficiency.

SeriesIntel Comet Lake
CodenameComet Lake-U

Series: Comet Lake Comet Lake-U

Intel Core i7-10810U compare1.1 - 4.9 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10710U compare1.1 - 4.7 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10610U compare1.8 - 4.9 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10510U compare1.8 - 4.9 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10310U compare1.7 - 4.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10210U « 1.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i3-10110U compare2.1 - 4.1 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Pentium Gold 6405U compare2.4 GHz2 / 4 cores2 MB L3
Intel Celeron 5205U compare1.9 GHz2 / 2 cores
Clock Rate1600 - 4200 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache6 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA1528
FeaturesLPDDR3-2133/DDR4-2666/LPDDR4-2933 RAM, PCIe 3, 4 GT/s bus, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, BMI2, ABM, FMA, ADX, VMX, SMEP, SMAP, MPX, EIST, TM1, TM2, Hyper-Threading, Turbo, SST, AES-NI, RDRAND, RDSEED, SGX
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1100 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date09/01/2019
Product Link (external)ark.intel.com

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
28.7 pt (40%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 1794     avg: 3321     median: 3794 (4%)     max: 4376 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 797     avg: 974     median: 1062 (45%)     max: 1063 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 322     avg: 406.8     median: 415 (46%)     max: 428 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 722     avg: 1279     median: 1242 (3%)     max: 1820 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 320     avg: 609     median: 616 (4%)     max: 790 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 134     avg: 165.6     median: 166 (50%)     max: 174 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 10920     avg: 16808     median: 16742 (10%)     max: 21679 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 3504     avg: 4205     median: 4261 (51%)     max: 4467 MIPS
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 2.36     avg: 4.3     median: 4.3 (8%)     max: 6.28 fps
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Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 585     avg: 859     median: 829 (6%)     max: 1339 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.658     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (15%)     max: 0.901 sec
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 8.913     avg: 9     median: 9 (2%)     max: 9.008 s
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 3843     avg: 6632     median: 6720 (18%)     max: 9364 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 40123     avg: 48009     median: 49630 (40%)     max: 54173 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 39788     avg: 48062     median: 48753 (40%)     max: 55087 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 47281     avg: 55148     median: 56586 (48%)     max: 60555 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 4495     avg: 6154     median: 5973.5 (15%)     max: 8574 Points