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Core i7-930 vs i5-3210M


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

Using the multithread performance as a reference, the i7-930 gets a score of 69.4 k points while the i5-3210M gets 53.7 k points.

Summarizing, the i7-930 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
106a5
306a9
Core
Bloomfield
Ivy Bridge
Architecture
Base frecuency
2.8 GHz
2.5 GHz
Boost frecuency
3.067 GHz
3.1 GHz
Socket
LGA 1366
Socket G2 (988B)
Cores/Threads
4/8
2 /2
TDP
130 W
35 W
Cache L1 (d+i)
32+32 kB
32+32 kB
Cache L2
256 kB
256 kB
Cache L3
8192 kB
3072 kB
Date
February 2010
Jun 2012

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
i7-930
i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
1941
3083 (58.79%)
Test#2 (FP)
4384
8582 (95.78%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
2638
3762 (42.58%)
Test#1 (Memory)
2408
3989 (65.66%)
TOTAL
11371
19416 (70.75%)

Multithread

i7-930

i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
7305
5787 (-20.78%)
Test#2 (FP)
19361
18774 (-3.03%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
13429
8741 (-34.91%)
Test#1 (Memory)
2011
4588 (128.16%)
TOTAL
42106
37890 (-10.01%)

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
i7-930
i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
7276
8594 (18.12%)
Test#2 (FP)
4819
8880 (84.26%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
2862
3586 (25.28%)
Test#1 (Memory)
2623
3454 (31.70%)
TOTAL
17580
24514 (39.44%)

Multithread

i7-930

i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
28092
20179 (-28.17%)
Test#2 (FP)
21624
19961 (-7.69%)
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
14826
8935 (-39.74%)
Test#1 (Memory)
4851
4595 (-5.27%)
TOTAL
69393
53670 (-22.66%)

Performance/W
i7-930
i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
216 points/W
577 points/W
Test#2 (FP)
166 points/W
570 points/W
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
114 points/W
255 points/W
Test#1 (Memory)
37 points/W
131 points/W
TOTAL
534 points/W
1533 points/W

Performance/GHz
i7-930
i5-3210M
Test#1 (Integers)
2372 points/GHz
2772 points/GHz
Test#2 (FP)
1571 points/GHz
2864 points/GHz
Test#3 (Generic, ZIP)
933 points/GHz
1157 points/GHz
Test#1 (Memory)
855 points/GHz
1114 points/GHz
TOTAL
5732 points/GHz
7908 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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