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Front view of Intel Core i3 3210

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i3 3210

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Much more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 98.28W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 37.88 $/year 2.9x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 93.47 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Front view of Intel Core i3 2100

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Intel Core i3 2100

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Much better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 69.1 °C vs 65.3 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i3 3210 vs 2100

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i3 3210
167,100 MB/s
Core i3 2100
153,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i3 3210  vs
2100 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No

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
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 65W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 37.88 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 93.47 $/year
Performance per watt 3.35 pt/W 1.41 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 98.28W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i3 3210  vs
2100 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 32 31
Operating temperature Unknown - 65.3°C Unknown - 69.1°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 1 101
Overclocked clock speed 3.26 GHz 3.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 3.23 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,160.4 1,518.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.26 GHz 3.23 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported 3 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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