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Intel Core i5 4210U

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
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Much better performance per watt 38.8 pt/W vs 2.52 pt/W More than 15.2x better performance per watt
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,612 vs 1,494 More than 3x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,438 vs 556 More than 2.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 3x more l3 cache per core
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
Newer Apr, 2014 vs Nov, 2009 Release date over 4 years later
Lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 20.31W 40% lower typical power consumption
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 6.02 $/year 40% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 21.9 $/year Around 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 4210U vs Athlon II X2 250u

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 4210U
3,070,000 MB/s
Athlon II X2 250u
63,700 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 4210U  vs
Athlon II X2 250u 
Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 15W 25W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 6.02 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year 21.9 $/year
Performance per watt 38.8 pt/W 2.52 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 20.31W

details

Core i5 4210U  vs
Athlon II X2 250u 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.54 GHz 2.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.54 GHz 2.54 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4400 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 200 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz N/A
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