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.
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|
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 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
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.