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Core i3-2310M processor – 2nd gen Sandy bridge i3

 

Core i3-2310M

Table : Core i3-2310M Features and Specs

Feature Core i3-2310M
Core Frequency 2.10 GHz
No. Of Cores 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 3 MB L3 Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency No Turbo
TDP Rating 35 Watts
64 Bit Support Y
Lithography 32 nm
Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1333
Integrated Graphics Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz

Table : Core i3-2310M Benchmarking

Benchmarks Core i3-2310M
PassMark Score 2602
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better) 42 seconds
3D Mark 06 CPU 2530
Windows 7 Experience Score 6.4

Core i3-2310M is a dual core Intel processor that belongs to the Sandy Bridge line of processors from Intel. The processor, clocked at 2.10 GHz has hyperthreading enabled – which, processes running in parallel can take advantage of. Compared to the core i5 processors, the core i3-2310M does not feature turbo boost, which can lead to slightly lower performance as compared to, for example, core i5-2410M.

The i3-2310M, that belong to the second generation core i3 processors, has 10 to 15% performance advantage at the same clock speed, as compared to the earlier Arrandale processors. However, there is significant performance improvement in the Integrated Graphics section, we find a 2x improvement in the integrated graphics. For the first time, Intel has the processor and the graphics core in a single die.

The core i3-2310M is usually found in the entry to mid level notebooks. For high end performance notebooks you may like to check the second generation core i5 or the core i7 based notebooks. However, core i3-2310M should be more than enough for over 90% of the notebook users. Remember the processor performance is 4 times faster than the processor used in the Apple iPad. And still you can get a notebook based upon the Core i3-2310M at the same or even less price than that of an Apple iPad. Compare-processors.com suggests that you do away with the ipad and get a real machine that has ease of using a keyboard. You should not have difficulty in using printers, webcams and many others.

Going back to the core i3-2310M – we find that the processor has integrated DDR3 memory controller, which improves the processor to memory communication speed. The max DDR3 speed grade offered is DDR3-1066/1333, which improves upon the max speed grade of the 1st generation core i3 processor. For example the max DDR3 speed grade offered by the core i3-370M is DDR3-800/1066.

The communication with the chipset is using the High speed DMI Bus. Here too we see an improvement in the speed. The 1st generation core i3-370M, for example has a DMI communcation speed of 2.5 GT/s ( Giga Transfers per second) while the Core i3-2310M doubles it to 5 GT/s.

The higher DDR3 speed and the faster DMI Bus speed should show up as slight improvement in the overall performance. In general, for a common notebook consumer it all boils down to the fact that you have a decent processor and you will not find it sluggish when opening even multiple windows.

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