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Intel core i3-2100 Vs Core i5-2500

The presence of the turbo boost,higher clock frequency, larger L3 Cache and more number of cores gives significant boost to Intel core i5-2500 with respect to core i3-2100. The table below captures the feature as well as performance difference between the two processor

Table : Intel core i3-2100 Vs Core i5-2500

SL. No.
Core i3-2100 Core i5-2500
Clock Frequency 3.1 GHz 3.3  GHz
Number of Cores 2 4
Passmark Score 3817 6454
Turbo Boost None 3.7 GHz
Price $117 $205
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 i5-2500 takes significant lead over core i3-2100 in the performance.

The only question is whether the significantly higher price of core i5-2500 ( at $203, according to the Intel, at the time of writing), justified. The price of the i5-2300 is 1.75 times the price of i3-2100. If we rely upon the performance scores from Passmark, the performance of i5-2500 is 1.7 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 i5-2500. The core i3-2100 is still fast by any standard for most of your home and office computing needs.

Sources :

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 i5-2500 can be found at http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52209

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