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Front view of Intel Core i7 2710QE

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More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 3 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Better turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 10% better turbo clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better PassMark score 5,768 vs 3,989 Around 45% better PassMark score
Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

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Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 25% 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 dollar 1.93 pt/$ vs 0.61 pt/$ Around 3.2x better performance per dollar
Much better performance per watt 12.42 pt/W vs 4.34 pt/W More than 2.8x better performance per watt
Slightly higher turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 36.56W More than 20% lower typical power consumption
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 1,385 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Jan, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 10.84 $/year More than 20% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 39.42 $/year More than 20% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2710QE vs i5 3230M

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i7 2710QE  vs
i5 3230M 
Clock speed 2.1 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
Is unlocked No No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,998.4 MB 32,768 MB


Core i7 2710QE  vs
i5 3230M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 21 26
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 105°C

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 2 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz 1,100 MHz

power consumption

TDP 45W 35W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 4.34 pt/W 12.42 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 28.44W


Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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