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Front view of Intel Core i5 3210M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3210M

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 180 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 0.65 GHz More than 3.8x higher clock speed
Significantly more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.25 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.9 GHz vs 1.01 GHz More than 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz vs 0.65 GHz More than 3.8x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 650

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AMD Athlon 650

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon 650 vs the Intel Core i5 3210M.

Features Key features of the Core i5 3210M  vs Athlon 650 

clock speed

Core i5 3210M
2.5 GHz
Athlon 650
0.65 GHz

L2 cache

Athlon 650
0.25 MB

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i5 3210M
2.9 GHz
Athlon 650
1.01 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i5 3210M
2.5 GHz
Athlon 650
0.65 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3210M  vs
Athlon 650 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 0.65 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
Slot A

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES

details

Core i5 3210M  vs
Athlon 650 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.25 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 180 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.9 GHz 1.01 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 0.65 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.9 GHz 1.01 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 28.44W N/A
Intel Core i5 3210M
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