CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of M5-6Y54 vs M3-6Y30 among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

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Too close to call

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
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Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 36.7 vs 35.6 Around 5% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Higher turbo clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 25% higher turbo clock speed
Higher clock speed 1.1 GHz vs 0.9 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Better turbo clock speed 900 MHz vs 850 MHz More than 5% better turbo clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.6 GHz vs 2.02 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,322 vs 1,183 More than 10% better PassMark (Single core) score
Slightly better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score 22.62 mHash/s vs 22.23 mHash/s Almost the same
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.1 GHz vs 0.9 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,647.5 vs 1,299 More than 3.5x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Much better performance per watt 30.69 pt/W vs 24.92 pt/W Around 25% better performance per watt
Better performance per dollar 0.49 pt/$ vs 0.4 pt/$ Around 25% better performance per dollar

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core M5-6Y54 vs M3-6Y30

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core M5-6Y54
22.62 mHash/s
Core M3-6Y30
22.23 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core M5-6Y54
16.95 mPixels/s
Core M3-6Y30
16.38 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core M5-6Y54
0.82 fps
Core M3-6Y30
1.25 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core M5-6Y54
1,299
Core M3-6Y30
4,647.5

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core M5-6Y54
1,355
Core M3-6Y30
2,388.5

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core M5-6Y54
800 MB/s
Core M3-6Y30
3,015 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core M5-6Y54  vs
M3-6Y30 
Clock speed 1.1 GHz 0.9 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.7 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 4.5W 4.5W
Annual home energy cost 1.08 $/year 1.08 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 3.94 $/year 3.94 $/year
Performance per watt 24.92 pt/W 30.69 pt/W
Typical power consumption 3.66W 3.66W

bus

Architecture FSB FSB
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 4,000 MT/s 4,000 MT/s

details

Core M5-6Y54  vs
M3-6Y30 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.02 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.1 GHz 0.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.6 GHz 2.02 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 515 Intel® HD Graphics 515
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 300 MHz 300 MHz
Turbo clock speed 900 MHz 850 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB 16,384 MB
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Comments

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Well I wasn't going to drop another 300 bucks for the tablet I bought for little more speed, the m3 (same in a surface 4) is just as fast as the i5 (the same used in a surface pro 2) so I really had no problems with my work, Its not worth the extra money for the little speed boost the m5 gives.
This is very weird. They're both very similar, yet the slower, a bit less expensive processor is better? Okay...
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