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Core i5-3210M vs i3-550


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

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i5-3210M gets a score of 53.7 k points while the i3-550 gets 41.5 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
306a9
20655
Core
Ivy Bridge
Clarkdale
Architecture
Base frecuency
2.5 GHz
3.2 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.1 GHz
3.2 GHz
Socket
Socket G2 (988B)
LGA 1156
Cores/Threads
2 /2
2/2
TDP
35 W
73 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
32+32 kB
32+32 kB
Cache L2
256 kB
256 kB
Cache L3
3072 kB
4096 kB
Date
Jun 2012
May 2010

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
i3-550
Test#1 (Integers)
8594
7919 (-7.86%)
Test#2 (FP)
8880
5373 (-39.49%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3586
3181 (-11.30%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3454
2720 (-21.26%)
TOTAL
24514
19192 (-21.71%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

i3-550
Test#1 (Integers)
20179
17202 (-14.75%)
Test#2 (FP)
19961
12718 (-36.29%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8935
8714 (-2.47%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4595
2861 (-37.73%)
TOTAL
53670
41495 (-22.68%)

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

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