Intel Core i5-2500 vs Intel Core i3-10100

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Intel Core i5-2500 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i3-10100
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i3-10100

CPU comparison

Intel Core i5-2500 or Intel Core i3-10100 - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Intel Core i5-2500 has 4 cores with 4 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.70 GHz. Up to 32 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i5-2500 was released in Q1/2011.

The Intel Core i3-10100 has 4 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.30 GHz. The CPU supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i3-10100 was released in Q2/2020.
Intel Core i5 (331) Family Intel Core i3 (205)
Intel Core i 2000 (28) CPU group Intel Core i 10000 (43)
2 Generation 10
Sandy Bridge S Architecture Comet Lake S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor Intel Core i3-9100
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i5-2500 has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 4 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-2500 is 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz) while the Intel Core i3-10100 has 4 CPU cores and 8 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i3-10100 is at 3.60 GHz (4.30 GHz).

Intel Core i5-2500 Characteristic Intel Core i3-10100
4 Cores 4
4 Threads 8
normal Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
3.30 GHz Frequency 3.60 GHz
3.70 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 4.30 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 4.10 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Intel Core i5-2500 Characteristic Intel Core i3-10100
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The Intel Core i5-2500 or Intel Core i3-10100 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

Intel HD Graphics 2000 GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
0.85 GHz GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
1.10 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.10 GHz
6 GPU Generation 9.5
32 nm Technology 14 nm
2 Max. displays 3
6 Compute units 24
48 Shader 192
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
2 GB Max. GPU Memory 64 GB
10.1 DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Intel HD Graphics 2000 GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
No Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i5-2500 can use up to 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 21.3 GB/s. The Intel Core i3-10100 supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 42.7 GB/s.

Intel Core i5-2500 Characteristic Intel Core i3-10100
DDR3-1333 Memory DDR4-2666
32 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
21.3 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 42.7 GB/s
No ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
6.00 MB L3 Cache 6.00 MB
2.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 16
8.0 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 15.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the Intel Core i5-2500 is 95 W, while the Intel Core i3-10100 has a TDP of 65 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

Intel Core i5-2500 Characteristic Intel Core i3-10100
95 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 65 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The Intel Core i5-2500 is manufactured in 32 nm and has 6.00 MB cache. The Intel Core i3-10100 is manufactured in 14 nm and has a 6.00 MB cache.

Intel Core i5-2500 Characteristic Intel Core i3-10100
32 nm Technology 14 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
LGA 1155 Socket LGA 1200
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q1/2011 Release date Q2/2020
-- Release price 134 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-2500 (61%)
Intel Core i3-10100 (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 5 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i5-2500 (48%)
Intel Core i3-10100 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
697 (61%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.30 GHz
1141 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2531 (45%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
5612 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
737 (65%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.30 GHz
1135 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2425 (56%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
4365 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
633 (44%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.30 GHz
1446 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1845 (39%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
4769 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
Intel HD Graphics 2000 @ 1.10 GHz
106 (25%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
Intel UHD Graphics 630 @ 1.10 GHz
422 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
4150 (48%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
8722 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
340 (74%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.30 GHz
462 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1313 (54%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
2415 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.30 GHz
64 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.30 GHz
295 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.30 GHz
448 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
2284 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
88 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.70 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.30 GHz
191 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i5-2500
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i3-10100 Intel Core i3-10100
4C 8T @ 4.10 GHz
1001 (100%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Core i5-2500 Intel Core i3-10100
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