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Core i5-3210M vs Core 2 Quad Q9550


Description
The i5-3210M is based on Ivy Bridge architecture while the Q9550 is based on Core.

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i5-3210M gets a score of 53.7 k points while the Q9550 gets 49 k points.

Summarizing, the i5-3210M is 1.1 times faster than the Q9550 . To get a proper comparison between both models, take a look to the data shown below.

Specs
CPUID
306a9
1067a
Core
Ivy Bridge
Yorkfield
Architecture
Base frecuency
2.5 GHz
2.833 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.1 GHz
2.833 GHz
Socket
Socket G2 (988B)
LGA 775
Cores/Threads
2 /2
4/4
TDP
35 W
95 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
32+32 kB
128+128 kB
Cache L2
256 kB
12288 kB
Cache L3
3072 kB
0 kB
Date
Jun 2012
March 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
Q9550
Test#1 (Integers)
3083
2597 (-15.76%)
Test#2 (FP)
8582
6674 (-22.23%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3762
2718 (-27.74%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3989
4433 (11.13%)
TOTAL
19416
16422 (-15.42%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

Q9550
Test#1 (Integers)
5787
9915 (71.35%)
Test#2 (FP)
18774
25367 (35.12%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8741
10314 (17.99%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4588
3365 (-26.65%)
TOTAL
37890
48962 (29.22%)

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
Q9550
Test#1 (Integers)
8594
3282 (-61.81%)
Test#2 (FP)
8880
7276 (-18.06%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
3586
2835 (-20.95%)
Test#1 (Memory)
3454
3896 (12.78%)
TOTAL
24514
17289 (-29.47%)

Multithread

i5-3210M

Q9550
Test#1 (Integers)
20179
11721 (-41.91%)
Test#2 (FP)
19961
24914 (24.81%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
8935
9773 (9.38%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4595
2572 (-44.03%)
TOTAL
53670
48980 (-8.74%)

Performance/W
i5-3210M
Q9550
Test#1 (Integers)
577 points/W
123 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
570 points/W
262 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
255 points/W
103 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
131 points/W
27 points/W
TOTAL
1533 points/W
516 points/W

Performance/GHz
i5-3210M
Q9550
Test#1 (Integers)
2772 points/GHz
1159 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
2864 points/GHz
2568 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
1157 points/GHz
1001 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
1114 points/GHz
1375 points/GHz
TOTAL
7908 points/GHz
6103 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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