Average Bench: 30.1% (573rd of 1182)

more Based on 43,252 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306A9, , 0FABFBFF000306A9, BFEBFBFF000306A8, 1FABFBFF000306A9 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.70GHz

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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Poor: 17%Average: 30.1% Great: 35%
Gaming
Gaming 30%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 43%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 19%
Surfboard

Poor average bench

The Intel Core i5-3210M averaged 69.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 70.2Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 121Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3210M is just 17.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-3210M performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 185Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 183Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 43,252 samples)
Min Avg Max
32.2 1-Core 70.2 83.7
57.8 2-Core 121 149
46.2% 95.8 Pts
Min Avg Max
95.4 4-Core 180 207
112 8-Core 183 207
24.8% 181 Pts
Min Avg Max
111 64-Core 185 207
12.4% 185 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz
1-Core 82.9
2-Core 138
54% 111 Pts
4-Core 206
8-Core 203
28% 204 Pts
64-Core 208
14% 208 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 50.8
2-Core 116
38% 83.6 Pts
4-Core 156
8-Core 127
20% 141 Pts
64-Core 186
12% 186 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,208,212 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $159 @ launch in Apr '12
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Typical Core i5-3210M Builds (Compare 10,779 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

System: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 28% - Poor Total price: $310

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz) BGA
Code NameIvy Bridge
Launch DateQ2'12
Processor Numberi5-3210M
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache3 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsAVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$225.00
Clock Speed2.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.1 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP35 W

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4000
Graphics Base Frequency650 MHz
Graphics OutputeDP/DP/HDMI/SDVO/CRT
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.1 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express Configurations1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes1

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes
My WiFi TechYes
4G WiMAX Wireless TechYes

Package

Package Size31.0 x 24.0mm (BGA1023)
Graphics and IMC Lithography22 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCBGA1023

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo
Anti-Theft TechYes

 Comments

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor...

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4 days ago.

Runs well and doesn't overheat


Average

3 months ago.

Been my daily driver for many years. Still a good alrounder for office work, general internet and video streaming in HD (unlike my Atom, which is just atrocious). Did handle some contemporary games from 2012-13 quite well paired with an AMD Radeon HD 7670 as well as image processing with Nikon Capture NX-D (very good) and Adobe Lightroom 5.7 (well, usable, but that's Adobe's fault). Energy consumption under full load isn't stellar, but office/internet/streaming usually go along with CPU package power in the single digits, thus allowing somewhat stamina off-grid.


Terrible

3 months ago.

I've been using this CPU for almost 7 yrs. It's still good. I plan to buy a new laptop with the Ice Lake CPU


Good

3 months ago.

It's still ok in 2019, but I can't play any high-demand games, even with 16gb ddr3


Good

5 months ago.

Work laptop, not too bad, not too good. But still works since 2013 in a dell vostro, even so that it is on nearly non stop.


Good

5 months ago.

A very decent processor with pretty good performance.


Very poor

4 years ago.


Excellent

7 months ago.

so good for gaming and multitasking


Poor

2 months ago.

i5-3210M Good CPU but overheating man! I see 80-90 degrees immediately.


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