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Core i5-3210M vs i7-950


Description
The i5-3210M is based on Ivy Bridge architecture while the i7-950 is based on Westmere.

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i5-3210M gets a score of 53.7 k points while the i7-950 gets 72.2 k points.

Summarizing, the i7-950 is 1.3 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
3.066 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.1 GHz
3.333 GHz
Socket
Socket G2 (988B)
LGA 1366
Cores/Threads
2 /2
4/4
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
Jun 2009

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
i7-950
Test#1 (Integers)
8594
7936 (-7.65%)
Test#2 (FP)
8880
5339 (-39.87%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3586
2985 (-16.77%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3454
2841 (-17.75%)
TOTAL
24514
19101 (-22.08%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

i7-950
Test#1 (Integers)
20179
29242 (44.91%)
Test#2 (FP)
19961
22972 (15.08%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8935
14437 (61.58%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4595
5556 (20.91%)
TOTAL
53670
72206 (34.54%)

Performance/W
i5-3210M
i7-950
Test#1 (Integers)
577 points/W
225 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
570 points/W
177 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
255 points/W
111 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
131 points/W
43 points/W
TOTAL
1533 points/W
555 points/W

Performance/GHz
i5-3210M
i7-950
Test#1 (Integers)
2772 points/GHz
2381 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
2864 points/GHz
1602 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
1157 points/GHz
895 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
1114 points/GHz
852 points/GHz
TOTAL
7908 points/GHz
5731 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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