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Core i5-3210M vs i7-860


Description
The i5-3210M is based on Ivy Bridge architecture while the i7-860 is based on Westmere.

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i5-3210M gets a score of 53.7 k points while the i7-860 gets 75.4 k points.

Summarizing, the i7-860 is 1.4 times faster than the i5-3210M . To get a proper comparison between both models, take a look to the data shown below.

Specs
CPUID
306a9
106e5
Core
Ivy Bridge
Lynnfield
Architecture
Base frecuency
2.5 GHz
2.8 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.1 GHz
3.467 GHz
Socket
Socket G2 (988B)
LGA 1156
Cores/Threads
2 /2
4/8
TDP
35 W
95 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
32+32 kB
32+32 kB
Cache L2
256 kB
256 kB
Cache L3
3072 kB
8192 kB
Date
Jun 2012
September 2009

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
i7-860
Test#1 (Integers)
3083
2150 (-30.25%)
Test#2 (FP)
8582
4870 (-43.26%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3762
2822 (-24.99%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3989
3127 (-21.61%)
TOTAL
19416
12968 (-33.21%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

i7-860
Test#1 (Integers)
5787
8236 (42.32%)
Test#2 (FP)
18774
21629 (15.21%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8741
14650 (67.60%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4588
5024 (9.50%)
TOTAL
37890
49538 (30.74%)

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
i7-860
Test#1 (Integers)
8594
7874 (-8.38%)
Test#2 (FP)
8880
5250 (-40.88%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3586
2938 (-18.07%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3454
3126 (-9.51%)
TOTAL
24514
19187 (-21.73%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

i7-860
Test#1 (Integers)
20179
31501 (56.11%)
Test#2 (FP)
19961
23474 (17.60%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8935
15474 (73.19%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4595
4977 (8.30%)
TOTAL
53670
75425 (40.54%)

Performance/W
i5-3210M
i7-860
Test#1 (Integers)
577 points/W
332 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
570 points/W
247 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
255 points/W
163 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
131 points/W
52 points/W
TOTAL
1533 points/W
794 points/W

Performance/GHz
i5-3210M
i7-860
Test#1 (Integers)
2772 points/GHz
2271 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
2864 points/GHz
1514 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
1157 points/GHz
847 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
1114 points/GHz
902 points/GHz
TOTAL
7908 points/GHz
5534 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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