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Core i5-3210M vs A9 9420


Description
The i5-3210M is based on Ivy Bridge architecture while the 9420 is based on Excavator.

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i5-3210M gets a score of 55.1 k points while the 9420 gets 26.2 k points.

Summarizing, the i5-3210M is 2.1 times faster than the 9420. To get a proper comparison between both models, take a look to the data shown below.

Specs
CPUID
306a9
670f00
Core
Ivy Bridge
Stoney Ridge
Architecture
Base frecuency
2.5 GHz
3 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.1 GHz
3.6 GHz
Socket
Socket G2 (988B)
Micro-BGA
Cores/Threads
2 /2
2/2
TDP
35 W
15 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
32+32 kB
96+2x32 kB
Cache L2
256 kB
1024 kB
Cache L3
3072 kB
0 kB
Date
Jun 2012
April 2017

Non-optimized benchmark
The benchmark in Mode 0 (FPU) measures cpu performance with non-optimized software. It uses the basic µinstructions from the i386 architecture with the i387 floating point unit. This mode is compatible with all CPUs so it's practical to compare very different CPUs
Monothread
i5-3210M
9420
Test#1 (Integers)
3083
2563 (-16.86%)
Test#2 (FP)
8582
9967 (16.14%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3762
2957 (-21.39%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3989
2123 (-46.78%)
TOTAL
19416
17610 (-9.30%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

9420
Test#1 (Integers)
5787
3883 (-32.89%)
Test#2 (FP)
18774
9260 (-50.67%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8741
3905 (-55.33%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4588
1740 (-62.08%)
TOTAL
37890
18788 (-50.41%)

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
i5-3210M
9420
Test#1 (Integers)
8594
8410 (-2.14%)
Test#2 (FP)
8880
11476 (29.23%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3586
3288 (-8.31%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3454
2237 (-35.24%)
TOTAL
24514
25410 (3.66%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

9420
Test#1 (Integers)
20179
11249 (-44.25%)
Test#2 (FP)
19961
13686 (-31.44%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8935
2085 (-76.66%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4595
1868 (-59.34%)
TOTAL
53670
28888 (-46.17%)

AVX optimized benchmark
The benchmark in mode II (AVX) is optimized to used 256 bits registers beside the first version of the Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX). The first AVX compatible CPU was released in 2011.
Monothread
i5-3210M
9420
Test#1 (Integers)
10149
7545 (-25.66%)
Test#2 (FP)
9489
13905 (46.54%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3801
3110 (-18.18%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3799
2176 (-42.73%)
TOTAL
27238
26736 (-1.84%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

9420
Test#1 (Integers)
20114
9091 (-54.80%)
Test#2 (FP)
22651
12251 (-45.91%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8928
3004 (-66.36%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3426
1806 (-47.29%)
TOTAL
55119
26151 (-52.55%)

Performance/W
i5-3210M
9420
Test#1 (Integers)
575 points/W
606 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
647 points/W
817 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
255 points/W
200 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
98 points/W
120 points/W
TOTAL
1575 points/W
1743 points/W

Performance/GHz
i5-3210M
9420
Test#1 (Integers)
3274 points/GHz
2096 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
3061 points/GHz
3862 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
1226 points/GHz
864 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
1226 points/GHz
604 points/GHz
TOTAL
8786 points/GHz
7427 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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