Intel core i3-2100 Vs Core i5-2400 comparison and difference
The Intel core i5-2400 is a quad core processor while the core i3-2100 is a dual core processor. But this is not the only reason core i5-2400 is faster than core i3-2100. The presence of the turbo boost, and higher L3 Cache ( Intel Smart Cache) leads to significant performance improvement in core i5-2400 with respect to core i3-2100 even when both of them are clocked same at 3.1 GHz .
The table below captures the feature as well as performance difference between core i5-2400 and core i3-2100
Table : Intel core i3-2100 Vs Core i5-2400
| SL. No.
||Core i3-2100|| Core i5-2400
|Clock Frequency||3.1 GHz||3.1 GHz|
|Number of Cores||2||4|
|Turbo Boost||None||3.4 GHz|
|Number of (Hyper) Threads||4||4|
|TDP Rating||65 Watts||95 Watts|
|Smart Cache ( L3 Cache)||3 MB||6 MB|
As is evident from the Passmark score the core i5-2400 is significantly faster than the core i3-2100 in the performance.
The only question is whether the higher price of core i5-2400 ( at $184, according to the Intel ) is justified. The price of the i5-2400 is 1.57 times the price of i3-2100. If we rely upon the performance scores from Passmark, the performance of i5-2400 is 1.59 times that of the core i3-2100.
The two processors have therefore be comparatively priced. You need to decide if you need the processing power offered by the core i5-2400. The core i3-2100 is still fast by any standard for most of your home and office computing needs.
1. The specifications of the Intel core i3-2100 can be found on Intel Site at http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=53422
2. The specifications of the Intel core i5-2400 can be found at http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52207