2 Cores, 2 Threads @3.0GHz, Core.
Release date: Q1 2008.

2 Cores, 4 Threads @2.5GHz, Ivy Bridge.
Release date: Q2 2012.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 146,888 user samples
70,856 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 49% Base clock 4.4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 35% Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 35% Great: 49%
SPEED RANK: 917th / 1355
Gaming 44%
Speed boat
Desktop 52%
Workstation 30%
Sail boat
76,032 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 62% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 40% Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.5 GHz (avg)
Poor: 40% Great: 62%
SPEED RANK: 693rd / 1355
Gaming 54%
Desktop 60%
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
44.4 % 53.7 % Faster effective speed.
Avg. Memory Latency
71.2 Pts 76.2 Pts Slightly lower memory latency.
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
54.9 Pts 70.5 Pts Faster single-core speed.
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
104 Pts 122 Pts Faster dual-core speed.
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
105 Pts 182 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
107 Pts 187 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
OC Memory Latency
78.9 Pts 89.4 Pts Lower OC memory latency.
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
59.6 Pts 84.8 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
119 Pts 150 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
119 Pts 213 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
119 Pts 213 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
Market Share
Based on 52,838,400 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.07 % 0.13 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
64.9 % 85.2 % Much better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % +2% 53 %
Price (score)
$70 $52 Cheaper.
172 Months 121 Months More recent.
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
130 Watts 35 Watts Much more energy efficient.
CPU Processing Cores
2 cores 2 cores
CPU Processing Threads
2 threads 4 threads Hugely higher thread count.
Manufacturing process
45 nm 22 nm Much newer manufacturing.
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3 GHz Faster base frequency.
2.5 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3 GHz 3.1 GHz +3%
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
119 Pts 215 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
107 Pts 188 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
CPU Architecture
Core Ivy Bridge
Motherboard Socket
LGA775 FCBGA1023
Integrated Graphics
None HD 4000
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q1'08 Q2'12
6 MB L2 3 MB SmartCache
Embedded Options Available
Embedded Options Available
Yes No
45 nm 22 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$149.00 - $179.00 $225.00
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
1333 MHz FSB 5 GT/s DMI
Package Size
Package Size
37.5mm x 37.5mm 31.0 x 24.0mm (BGA1023)
Turbo Boost Tech
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology ‡
No 2.0
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
AES New Instructions
Intel® AES New Instructions
No Yes
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No

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The Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 is amongst the fastest of the Core 2 Duo range of now nearly ten year old CPUs. The E8400 is included in our group tests simply as a reference point due to its huge success back in its day. Running at a clock speed of 3.0 GHz the E8400 has an effective speed of 52 which is 85% slower than its modern day counterparts. The relative lack of performance is especially noticeable in the area of multi-core processing as a consequence of the E8400's relatively few two cores. Anyone considering an upgrade needn't hesitate as modern CPUs are not only orders of magnitude faster but also considerably more energy efficient and feature packed. [Oct '14 CPUPro]


The Intel Core i5-3210M is a third generation (Ivy bridge) mobile CPU. Sporting two cores and four threads the 3210M has a maximum turbo clock speed of 3.1 GHz which produces an effective speed of 64.4 or 52% below the modern day group average . For heavily threaded tasks the 3210M is handicapped significantly by its dual core architecture and lags modern CPUs by around 165%. The i5-3210M comes equipped with onboard HD 4000 graphics, which is more than enough for typical desktop use but will struggle with anything but the simplest of 3D games. With a TDP of just 35 Watts the i5-3210M allows for reasonable, but not brilliant, battery life. [Oct '14 CPUPro]


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