Average Bench: 47.8% (801st of 1385)

more Based on 79,744 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]

Poor: 31%Average: 47.8% Great: 57%
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3210M averaged 52.1% 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. Memory Latency 70.4Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 61.4Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3210M is 25.7%. 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 Speed 156Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 155Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 79,744 samples)
Min Avg Max
45.7 Memory 70.4 84.6
29.2 1-Core 61.4 76
50.5 2-Core 106 129
49.4% 79.3 Pts
Min Avg Max
78.9 4-Core 148 185
85.8 8-Core 155 187
20% 151 Pts
Min Avg Max
90.3 64-Core 156 186
9.6% 156 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.8
1-Core 74.5
2-Core 114
57% 89.8 Pts
4-Core 163
8-Core 174
22% 168 Pts
64-Core 162
10% 162 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 66
1-Core 70.9
2-Core 112
51% 83.1 Pts
4-Core 157
8-Core 178
22% 168 Pts
64-Core 184
11% 184 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 66.5
1-Core 67.6
2-Core 111
50% 81.6 Pts
4-Core 155
8-Core 167
21% 161 Pts
64-Core 162
10% 162 Pts
N/A, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 66
1-Core 57.4
2-Core 96
46% 73.1 Pts
4-Core 149
8-Core 169
21% 159 Pts
64-Core 182
11% 182 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $159 @ launch in Apr '12
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 48%
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Workstation
Workstation 2%
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System: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

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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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Poor

12 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.

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.


Excellent

2 years ago.

a solid performance for everyday office task plus some multimedia editing for the last 6 years. On a daily basis.


Excellent

6 months ago.

It okay it can play roblox and minecraft


Excellent

2 years 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.


Poor

21 months ago.

4fps PUBG 1~30fps GTA5 30up MINECRAFT


Good

3 years ago.

A very decent processor with pretty good performance.


Very poor

8 years ago.


Good

2 years ago.

Since I cleaned an old HP ProBook 4740s it works like a machine! Temps. dropped from high 80s to mid 50s and it is still a good CPU, just switch the HDD with an SSD


Excellent

3 years ago.

so good for gaming and multitasking


Excellent

23 months ago.

Can easily handle office programs and it can open some old games, but it'll struggle on the newer ones


Poor

19 months ago.

The most i can say for this chip is that its energy efficient , but that is about it. . It only has 2 cores which handicaps it significantly for any non-gaming high level computation . Plus it is easily outclassed by the vast majority of cpus available today for any gaming purposes .


Good

2 years ago.

A decent CPU for light gaming considering its age. Works very well and handles most moderate tasks you throw at it. It can even play newer games if paired with a good graphics card.


Poor

3 years ago.

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


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