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Front view of Intel Core i5 3210M

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Intel Core i5 3210M

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 130 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 72.31W 2.5x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 12.38 pt/W vs 0.22 pt/W Around 56.8x better performance per watt
Higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Nov, 2003 Release date over 8 years later
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 71 °C Around 50% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better PassMark score 3,823 vs 476 More than 8x better PassMark score
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 77.96 $/year 2.5x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 21.44 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 248

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AMD Opteron 248

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Significantly more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3210M vs Opteron 248

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3210M  vs
Opteron 248 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
940

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i5 3210M  vs
Opteron 248 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 130 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 25 11
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C 0 - 71°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.9 GHz 3.02 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,623.4 879.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.9 GHz 3.02 GHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 89W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 12.38 pt/W 0.22 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 72.31W
Intel Core i5 3210M
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