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Core i5-3210M vs i3-3240


Description
Both models i5-3210M and i3-3240 are based on Ivy Bridge architecture.

"Ivy Bridge is the last Intel microarchitecture for which there is official driver support for Windows XP . It is made under 22 nm Tri-Gate transistor (""3D"") technology and is basically a Sandy Bridge shrink. It has PCI Express 3.0 support and RdRand instruction for security tasks."

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i5-3210M gets a score of 55.1 k points while the i3-3240 gets 49.7 k points.

Summarizing, the i5-3210M is 1.1 times faster than the i3-3240 . To get a proper comparison between both models, take a look to the data shown below.

Specs
CPUID
306a9
306a9
Core
Ivy Bridge
Ivy Bridge
Architecture
Base frecuency
2.5 GHz
3.4 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.1 GHz
3.4 GHz
Socket
Socket G2 (988B)
LGA 1155
Cores/Threads
2 /2
2/4
TDP
35 W
55 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
32+32 kB
32+32 kB
Cache L2
256 kB
256 kB
Cache L3
3072 kB
3072 kB
Date
Jun 2012
September 2012

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
i3-3240
Test#1 (Integers)
10149
8465 (-16.59%)
Test#2 (FP)
9489
10692 (12.68%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3801
3095 (-18.58%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3799
2227 (-41.39%)
TOTAL
27238
24479 (-10.13%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

i3-3240
Test#1 (Integers)
20114
17925 (-10.88%)
Test#2 (FP)
22651
21210 (-6.36%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8928
7765 (-13.02%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3426
2801 (-18.25%)
TOTAL
55119
49701 (-9.83%)

Performance/W
i5-3210M
i3-3240
Test#1 (Integers)
575 points/W
326 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
647 points/W
386 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
255 points/W
141 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
98 points/W
51 points/W
TOTAL
1575 points/W
904 points/W

Performance/GHz
i5-3210M
i3-3240
Test#1 (Integers)
3274 points/GHz
2490 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
3061 points/GHz
3145 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
1226 points/GHz
910 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
1226 points/GHz
655 points/GHz
TOTAL
8786 points/GHz
7200 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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