CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3210M vs 645 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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CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3210M 

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

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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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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 122.78W 4.3x lower typical power consumption
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per watt 12.39 pt/W vs 1.08 pt/W Around 11.5x better performance per watt
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 71 °C Around 50% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.13 MB/core 12x more l3 cache per core
More l3 cache 3 MB vs 0.5 MB 6x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 44.01 $/year 5.2x lower annual home energy cost
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,524 vs 1,075 More than 40% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 121.5 $/year 4x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Sep, 2010 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X4 645

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AMD Athlon II X4 645

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 3.1 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz vs 2.9 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.1 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3210M vs Athlon II X4 645

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 i5 3210M
2,090,000 MB/s
Athlon II X4 645
124,500 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3210M  vs
Athlon II X4 645 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
AM3
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
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 95W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 44.01 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 121.5 $/year
Performance per watt 12.39 pt/W 1.08 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 122.78W

details

Core i5 3210M  vs
Athlon II X4 645 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.13 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 71°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.9 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 3.1 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,623.4 2,068.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.9 GHz 3.67 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label HD 4000 N/A
Latest DirectX 11.0 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A
Intel Core i5 3210M
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