Average Bench: 39% (537th of 1158)

more Based on 39,263 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: 19%Average: 39% Great: 46%
Gaming
Gaming 39%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 45%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 23%
Surfboard

Poor average bench

The Intel Core i5-3210M averaged 60.9% 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

Single Core Floating Point Speed 70.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 69.2Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3210M is 26.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-3210M performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 182Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 183Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 39,263 samples)
Min Avg Max
30.7 SC Int 68.5 82.4
31.8 SC Float 70.2 84.7
31.4 SC Mixed 69.2 83.5
55.4% 69.3 Pts
Min Avg Max
83.5 QC Int 174 204
87.3 QC Float 175 203
85.2 QC Mixed 178 206
39.8% 176 Pts
Min Avg Max
87.8 MC Int 182 205
87.6 MC Float 182 204
85.6 MC Mixed 183 207
27.3% 182 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 80.5
SC Float 83.3
SC Mixed 82.1
66% 82 Pts
QC Int 193
QC Float 191
QC Mixed 198
44% 194 Pts
MC Int 194
MC Float 194
MC Mixed 199
29% 196 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 80.9
SC Float 80.3
SC Mixed 80
64% 80.4 Pts
QC Int 201
QC Float 194
QC Mixed 195
45% 196 Pts
MC Int 196
MC Float 200
MC Mixed 197
30% 198 Pts
CPU Socket - U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz
SC Int 78.9
SC Float 81.9
SC Mixed 79.5
64% 80.1 Pts
QC Int 190
QC Float 202
QC Mixed 194
44% 195 Pts
MC Int 202
MC Float 198
MC Mixed 201
30% 200 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 39
SC Float 33.7
SC Mixed 70.2
38% 47.6 Pts
QC Int 184
QC Float 183
QC Mixed 196
42% 187 Pts
MC Int 184
MC Float 184
MC Mixed 186
28% 185 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 59
SC Float 42.6
SC Mixed 34.9
36% 45.5 Pts
QC Int 190
QC Float 189
QC Mixed 196
44% 192 Pts
MC Int 187
MC Float 181
MC Mixed 178
27% 182 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $159 @ launch in Apr '12
AmazonUS $15516 months
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Typical Core i5-3210M Builds (Compare 9,367 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
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Desktop
Desktop 44%
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Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard

System: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $247

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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...

Added 4 years ago.

Good

13 days 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month ago.

A very decent processor with pretty good performance.


Very poor

4 years ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

so good for gaming and multitasking


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