Intel Core i3-2100 vs i5-2300
The presence of the turbo boost, and more number of cores gives significant boost to Intel core i5-2300 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 i5-2300
| SL. No.
||Core i3-2100|| Core i5-2300
|Clock Frequency||3.1 GHz||2.8 GHz|
|Number of Cores||2||4|
|Turbo Boost||None||3.1 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 i5-2300 takes significant lead over core i3-2100 in the performance.
The only question is whether the significantly higher price of core i5-2300 ( at $177, according to the Intel, at the time of writing), justified. The price of the i5-2300 is 1.5 times the price of i3-2100. If we rely upon the performance scores from Passmark, the performance of i5-2300 is 1.41 times that of the core i3-2100.
We can therefore conclude that, if you are looking for a higher performance, the core i5-2300 makes more sense. However, if your requirement is not geared towards very high end computing the core i3-2100 is not bad at all.
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 i5-2300 can be found at http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52206