Intel Core i5-10210U vs Core i3-10110U – i5 wins the match with a big margin

Comet Lake CPUs are here to stay and we have to review them all. What a pleasant job it is. So basically there are two big questions in front of us – is i5 enough for everybody and is i3 already dated in terms of performance? Intel Core i5-10210U and Core i3-10110U are here to help us to find out the answers.

Quick Specs

Modern i5s (like i5-10210U) are a breath of fresh air mostly because they have 4 cores and 8 threads. In the past, that was i7 territory but nowadays we can enjoy premium specs in a mid-range CPU. Core i3-10110U is a standard i3 CPU in terms of cores and threads – 2 core and 4 threads. Of course, i5-10210U got more (hardware) muscle compared to Core i3-10110U – 6MB cache vs 4 MB cache and the Max Turbo Frequencies (4.20 GHz to 4.10 GHz) are almost the same. We have DDR4-2666 memory support and 15W TDP for both CPUs.

Intel Core i5-10210U Intel Core i3-10110U
Cores / Threads 4/8 2/4
Base / Max frequency 1.60 – 4.20 GHz 2.10 – 4.10 GHz
Cache 6 MB Intel Smart Cache 4 MB Intel Smart Cache
TDP / up / down 15W / 25W / 10W 15W / 25W / 10W
Memory support DDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133 DDR4-2666; LPDDR3-2133

If you’d like to see the detailed specs sheet of these CPUs head to their dedicated pages: Intel Core i7-10210U / Intel Core i3-10110U

CPU Performance

We are not surprised and we doubt that you are surprised too – Core i5-10210U is a clear winner with a 75% better score.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)


GPU Benchmarks

We won’t show you any GPU benchmarks here since the “new” UHD Graphics used in Comet Lake U is just a rebranded UHD Graphics 620.

Decisions, decisions – Intel Core i5-10210U or Core i3-10110U?

Of course, the choice is yours. If you are a regular user who is checking a couple of websites after work and then watch youtube videos you don’t need more than Core i3-10110U. But advanced users who edit videos and pictures, for example, will prefer Core i5-10210U because i5 is faster by any means. In addition, the price difference between them is not that big – Intel is selling them with an $18 price difference ($297.00 to $281.00). Obviously, Core i5-10210U is a better deal.

All laptops with Core i5-10210U:


All laptops with Core i3-10110U:

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