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Intel Core i5-10210U vs Intel Core i5-10310U vs Intel Pentium Gold 6405U

Intel Core i5-10210U

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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.

Thanks to the high clock speeds, the processor performance of the i5-10210U is very good for its class. It should outperform the Whiskey Lake i5-8365U slightly and also Ice Lake i5 processors if the cooling and TDP settings are not limiting.

The integrated graphics card 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.

The chip is still produced in the 14nm++ process as Whiskey Lake. The TDP (PL1) is specified at 15 Watts but can be varied from 10 to 25 Watt from the manufacturer (cTDP up/down) resulting in different performance (especially Turbo durations). To provide the full performance, Intel proposes a short power peak of 82 W (PL4) for the i5 (compared to 90W for the 6-core i7), 11 W more than comparable Whiskey Lake parts.

Intel Core i5-10310U

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The Intel Core i5-10310U 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 (DDR4-2666 vs 2400) and two additional cores in the top model (not in this i5). The processor cores are clocked between 1.7 and 4.4 GHz (unverified). Thanks to HyperThreading 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 CPU supports the professional management features under the vPro umbrella.

Thanks to the high clock speeds, the processor performance of the i5-10210U is very good for its class. It should outperform the Whiskey Lake i5-8365U slightly and also Ice Lake i5 processors if the cooling and TDP settings are not limiting.

The integrated graphics card however is still the same as in the previous generations. It should be still called Intel HD Graphics 620 and clock from 300 - 1100 MHz in the i5. Furthermore, the SoC integrates a VP9 and H.265 de- and encoder and an integrated dual channel DDR4-2666 / LPDDR4x 2933 / LPDDR3-2133 memory controller.

The chip is still produced in the 14nm++ process as Whiskey Lake. The TDP (PL1) is specified at 15 Watts but can be varied from 10 to 25 Watt from the manufacturer (cTDP up/down) resulting in different performance (especially Turbo durations). To provide the full performance, Intel proposes a short power peak of 82 W (PL4) for the i5 (90W even for the 6-core i7) and 11 W more than Whiskey Lake.

Intel Pentium Gold 6405U

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The Intel Pentium Gold 6405U is a power efficient entry-level dual-core SoC for notebooks based on the Comet Lake (CML-U) generation and was announced in October 2019. Compared to the similar Whiskey Lake Pentium 5405U processors, the difference is the higher clock speed (+100 MHz) and support for faster memory. The processor cores are clocked at 2.4 GHz (no Turbo). Thanks to HyperThreading 4 threads can be used. More information on Comet Lake and all the models and articles on it can be found here.

Due to the 100 MHz higher clock speed, the Pentium Gold 6405U should be slightly faster than the old Pentium 5405U and therefore in the entry level of mobile processors. The missing Turbo and only two cores are definitely a downside and therefore the CPU is best used for simple tasks like browsing and office programs. Compared to the faster Core i3, i5 and i7 Comet Lake models, the Pentium does not support SSE (2).

The integrated graphics card is still the same as in the previous generations. It is called only Intel UHD Graphics but is still the same Intel UHD Graphics 610 like in the Pentium 5405U. Furthermore, the SoC integrates a VP9 and H.265 de- and encoder and an integrated dual channel LPDDR3-2133/DDR4-2400 memory controller (compared to DDR4-2666 in the faster Core i3).

The chip is still produced in the 14nm++ process as Whiskey Lake. The TDP (PL1) is specified at 15 Watts but can be lowered to 12.5 Watt although the CPU then only runs at 800 MHz.

ModelIntel Core i5-10210UIntel Core i5-10310UIntel Pentium Gold 6405U
SeriesIntel Comet LakeIntel Comet LakeIntel Comet Lake
CodenameComet Lake-UComet Lake-UComet Lake-U
Series: Comet Lake Comet Lake-U
Intel Core i7-10810U1.1 - 4.9 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10710U1.1 - 4.7 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10610U1.8 - 4.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-10510U1.8 - 4.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10310U1.7 - 4.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i5-10210U1.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-10110U2.1 - 4.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 6405U2.4 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Celeron 5205U1.9 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Core i7-10810U1.1 - 4.9 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10710U1.1 - 4.7 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10610U1.8 - 4.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-10510U1.8 - 4.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i5-10310U1.7 - 4.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-10210U1.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-10110U2.1 - 4.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 6405U2.4 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Celeron 5205U1.9 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Core i7-10810U1.1 - 4.9 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10710U1.1 - 4.7 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10610U1.8 - 4.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-10510U1.8 - 4.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10310U1.7 - 4.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-10210U1.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-10110U2.1 - 4.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Pentium Gold 6405U2.4 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Celeron 5205U1.9 GHz2 / 22 MB
Clock1600 - 4200 MHz1700 - 4400 MHz2400 MHz
L1 Cache256 KB256 KB256 KB
L2 Cache1 MB1 MB1 MB
L3 Cache6 MB6 MB2 MB
Cores / Threads4 / 84 / 82 / 4
TDP15 Watt15 Watt15 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
SocketFCBGA1528FCBGA1528FCBGA1528
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1100 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 620 (300 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 610 (300 - 900 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
max. Temp.100 °C
$161 U.S.
ManufacturerIntel Comet Lake Pentium Gold 6405U

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-10210U
36 pt (42%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-10310U
36.4 pt (43%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 1794     avg: 3321     median: 3794 (6%)     max: 4376 Points
3094 Points (5%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 797     avg: 974     median: 1062 (53%)     max: 1063 Points
1051 Points (52%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 322     avg: 406.8     median: 415 (53%)     max: 428 Points
min: 411     avg: 428.2     median: 438 (56%)     max: 438 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 722     avg: 1279     median: 1242 (5%)     max: 1820 Points
min: 1192     avg: 1365     median: 1327 (6%)     max: 1588 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 320     avg: 609     median: 616 (6%)     max: 790 Points
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min: 499     avg: 601     median: 546 (6%)     max: 767 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 134     avg: 165.6     median: 166 (57%)     max: 174 Points
min: 164     avg: 169.4     median: 170 (58%)     max: 173.8 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 5.69     avg: 7.3     median: 7.5 (14%)     max: 8.66 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.71     avg: 1.9     median: 1.9 (6%)     max: 1.91 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 6410     avg: 6478     median: 6412 (57%)     max: 6613 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 15037     avg: 17758     median: 16072 (22%)     max: 22164 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
217.8 s (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
6.8 s (1%)
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 1024m *
398 s (2%)
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 32m *
11.3 s (6%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
4213 Points (24%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 10920     avg: 16808     median: 16742 (12%)     max: 21679 MIPS
min: 15976     avg: 17406     median: 16475 (12%)     max: 19935 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 3504     avg: 4205     median: 4261 (61%)     max: 4467 MIPS
min: 3615     avg: 4121     median: 4274 (61%)     max: 4398 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 33.41     avg: 42.2     median: 43.9 (20%)     max: 49.35 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 149.1     avg: 167.7     median: 169.5 (46%)     max: 184.5 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 2.36     avg: 4.3     median: 4.3 (9%)     max: 6.28 fps