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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 compare2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3360M compare2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3340M compare2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3320M compare2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3230M compare2600 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-3210M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3437U compare1900 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3427U compare1800 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3337U compare1800 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3317U compare1700 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3439Y compare1500 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3339Y compare1500 - 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
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 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2.42     avg: 2.9     median: 2.9 (7%)     max: 2.91 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 0.97     avg: 1.2     median: 1.3 (49%)     max: 1.28 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3826     avg: 4163     median: 4168.5 (43%)     max: 4287 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 8605     avg: 8899     median: 8936 (15%)     max: 9046 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 8914     avg: 10834     median: 10977.5 (13%)     max: 11195 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4168     avg: 5215     median: 5265 (46%)     max: 5389 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 532.7     avg: 586     median: 578.6 (7%)     max: 754.7 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 16.8     avg: 19.2     median: 18.6 (4%)     max: 32.928 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 2301     avg: 2453     median: 2486 (26%)     max: 2544 points
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 16.21     avg: 16.4     median: 16.4 (10%)     max: 16.595 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 85.01     avg: 87     median: 86.6 (30%)     max: 90 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.136     avg: 0.1     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.151 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.213     avg: 0.2     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.259 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 1.3     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (0%)     max: 1.4 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3044     avg: 3523     median: 3553 (24%)     max: 3679 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.7     median: 12.7 (3%)     max: 14.095 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 28     avg: 29.1     median: 29 (1%)     max: 31.049 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 648     avg: 675     median: 673.5 (3%)     max: 735.494 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 57.1     avg: 45909     median: 49310 (23%)     max: 57900 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 36.75     avg: 32843     median: 36410 (28%)     max: 36760 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
min: 6.9     avg: 7.1     median: 7.1 (91%)     max: 7.1 Points
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 4195     avg: 9352     median: 9673 (14%)     max: 10001 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 1676     avg: 3612     median: 3651 (16%)     max: 4129 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 12328     avg: 27990     median: 29048 (19%)     max: 35036 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 2596     avg: 2787     median: 2808.5 (7%)     max: 2888 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 3802     avg: 3965     median: 3986.5 (12%)     max: 4136 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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