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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
Passmark Score 3817 5406
Turbo Boost None 3.1 GHz
Price $117 $177
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.



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 i5-2300 can be found at http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52206

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