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Core i5-3210M vs i7-930


Description
The i5-3210M is based on Ivy Bridge architecture while the i7-930 is based on Westmere.

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i5-3210M gets a score of 53.7 k points while the i7-930 gets 63.8 k points.

Summarizing, the i7-930 is 1.2 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
106a5
Core
Ivy Bridge
Bloomfield
Architecture
Base frecuency
2.5 GHz
2.8 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.1 GHz
3.067 GHz
Socket
Socket G2 (988B)
LGA 1366
Cores/Threads
2 /2
4/8
TDP
35 W
130 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
February 2010

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
i7-930
Test#1 (Integers)
3083
1941 (-37.02%)
Test#2 (FP)
8582
4384 (-48.92%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3762
2638 (-29.87%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3989
2408 (-39.63%)
TOTAL
19416
11371 (-41.43%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

i7-930
Test#1 (Integers)
5787
7305 (26.24%)
Test#2 (FP)
18774
19361 (3.13%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8741
13429 (53.63%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4588
2011 (-56.17%)
TOTAL
37890
42106 (11.13%)

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
i7-930
Test#1 (Integers)
8594
7132 (-17.01%)
Test#2 (FP)
8880
4712 (-46.94%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3586
2789 (-22.22%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3454
2439 (-29.38%)
TOTAL
24514
17072 (-30.36%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

i7-930
Test#1 (Integers)
20179
25854 (28.12%)
Test#2 (FP)
19961
20279 (1.59%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8935
14036 (57.10%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4595
3586 (-21.96%)
TOTAL
53670
63756 (18.79%)

Performance/W
i5-3210M
i7-930
Test#1 (Integers)
577 points/W
199 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
570 points/W
156 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
255 points/W
108 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
131 points/W
28 points/W
TOTAL
1533 points/W
490 points/W

Performance/GHz
i5-3210M
i7-930
Test#1 (Integers)
2772 points/GHz
2325 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
2864 points/GHz
1536 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
1157 points/GHz
909 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
1114 points/GHz
795 points/GHz
TOTAL
7908 points/GHz
5566 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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