CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3210M vs 3500 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

7.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3210M 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 3210M  based on its performance, single-core performance and power consumption.

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Intel Core i5 3210M

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Front view of Intel Core i5 3210M

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 3210M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3210M

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Higher turbo clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 30% higher turbo clock speed
Higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 12.39 pt/W vs 1.62 pt/W Around 7.8x better performance per watt
Significantly higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 443 MHz More than 45% higher GPU clock speed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 70.9 °C Around 50% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,524 vs 748 More than 2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.33 MB/core More than 4.5x more l3 cache per core
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,193 vs 3,139 More than 65% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Slightly more l3 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Aug, 2011 Release date 9 months later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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AMD A6 3500

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Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score 26.89 mHash/s vs 6.22 mHash/s More than 4.2x better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.34 GHz vs 2.9 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3210M vs A6 3500

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3210M
6.22 mHash/s
A6 3500
26.89 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3210M
0.97 fps
A6 3500
0.31 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3500
1,978

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3500
1,654

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

A6 3500
3,254

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3500
3,139

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

A6 3500
1,217

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3210M
2,090,000 MB/s
A6 3500
94.7 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3210M  vs
A6 3500 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.1 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 65W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 12.39 pt/W 1.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W

details

Core i5 3210M  vs
A6 3500 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 3
L2 cache 1 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,400,000,000 1,178,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 70.9°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.9 GHz 3.34 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 2.1 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,623.4 1,783.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.9 GHz 3.34 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label HD 4000 Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX 11.0 11.0
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 443 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
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