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Core i3-550 vs i5-3210M


Description
The i3-550 is based on Westmere architecture while the i5-3210M is based on Ivy Bridge.

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i3-550 gets a score of 41.5 k points while the i5-3210M gets 53.7 k points.

Summarizing, the i5-3210M is 1.3 times faster than the i3-550 . To get a proper comparison between both models, take a look to the data shown below.

Specs
CPUID
20655
306a9
Core
Clarkdale
Ivy Bridge
Architecture
Base frecuency
3.2 GHz
2.5 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.2 GHz
3.1 GHz
Socket
LGA 1156
Socket G2 (988B)
Cores/Threads
2/2
2 /2
TDP
73 W
35 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
32+32 kB
32+32 kB
Cache L2
256 kB
256 kB
Cache L3
4096 kB
3072 kB
Date
May 2010
Jun 2012

SSE3 optimized benchmark
The benchmark in mode I (SSE) is optimized for the use of SIMD instructions with 128 bits register and the SSE set up to version 3. Nearly every modern CPU has support for this mode.
Monothread
i3-550
i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
7919
8594 (8.53%)
Test#2 (FP)
5373
8880 (65.27%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3181
3586 (12.74%)
Test#1 (Memory)
2720
3454 (27.00%)
TOTAL
19192
24514 (27.73%)

Multithread

i3-550

i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
17202
20179 (17.30%)
Test#2 (FP)
12718
19961 (56.95%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8714
8935 (2.54%)
Test#1 (Memory)
2861
4595 (60.59%)
TOTAL
41495
53670 (29.34%)

Performance/W
i3-550
i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
236 points/W
577 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
174 points/W
570 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
119 points/W
255 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
39 points/W
131 points/W
TOTAL
568 points/W
1533 points/W

Performance/GHz
i3-550
i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
2475 points/GHz
2772 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
1679 points/GHz
2864 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
994 points/GHz
1157 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
850 points/GHz
1114 points/GHz
TOTAL
5998 points/GHz
7908 points/GHz

Monothread performance graph
Monothread performance graphics gives the performance vs time. They are useful to measure the time it takes to the CPU to reach the maximum performance.

Usually, CPU's performance will be steady during these tests but if it has a slow frequency strategy, the first samples will show a lower score.


Test#1 (Integers) [points vs time]

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Test#2 (FP) [points vs time]

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Test#3 (Generic, ZIP) [points vs time]

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Test#1 (Memory) [points vs time]

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Multithread performance graph
Multithread graphs measure the performance against a heavy load during certain time.

If CPU's TDP doesn't limit the frequency and the machine is properly cooled, performance should remain steady vs time. Otherwise, the performance score will oscillate or decrease over time.


Test#1 (Integers) [points vs time]

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Test#2 (FP) [points vs time]

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Test#3 (Generic, ZIP) [points vs time]

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Test#1 (Memory) [points vs time]

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