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Core i5-3210M vs Core 2 Duo E8400


Description
The i5-3210M is based on Ivy Bridge architecture while the E8400 is based on Core.

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i5-3210M gets a score of 53.7 k points while the E8400 gets 26.8 k points.

Summarizing, the i5-3210M is 2 times faster than the E8400 . To get a proper comparison between both models, take a look to the data shown below.

Specs
CPUID
306a9
1067a
Core
Ivy Bridge
Wolfdale
Architecture
Base frecuency
2.5 GHz
3 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.1 GHz
3 GHz
Socket
Socket G2 (988B)
LGA 775
Cores/Threads
2 /2
2/2
TDP
35 W
65 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
32+32 kB
32+32 kB
Cache L2
256 kB
6144 kB
Cache L3
3072 kB
0 kB
Date
Jun 2012
January 2008

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
E8400
Test#1 (Integers)
3083
2440 (-20.84%)
Test#2 (FP)
8582
6683 (-22.12%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3762
2848 (-24.30%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3989
4295 (7.66%)
TOTAL
19416
16266 (-16.22%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

E8400
Test#1 (Integers)
5787
4546 (-21.45%)
Test#2 (FP)
18774
12116 (-35.46%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8741
4685 (-46.40%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4588
1905 (-58.48%)
TOTAL
37890
23251 (-38.63%)

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
E8400
Test#1 (Integers)
8594
3236 (-62.34%)
Test#2 (FP)
8880
7120 (-19.82%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3586
2819 (-21.38%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3454
3519 (1.86%)
TOTAL
24514
16694 (-31.90%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

E8400
Test#1 (Integers)
20179
6302 (-68.77%)
Test#2 (FP)
19961
13627 (-31.73%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8935
5235 (-41.41%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4595
1672 (-63.61%)
TOTAL
53670
26836 (-50.00%)

Performance/W
i5-3210M
E8400
Test#1 (Integers)
577 points/W
97 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
570 points/W
210 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
255 points/W
81 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
131 points/W
26 points/W
TOTAL
1533 points/W
413 points/W

Performance/GHz
i5-3210M
E8400
Test#1 (Integers)
2772 points/GHz
1079 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
2864 points/GHz
2373 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
1157 points/GHz
940 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
1114 points/GHz
1173 points/GHz
TOTAL
7908 points/GHz
5565 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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