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Intel Core i3-2350M Vs Core i5-2450M

The Intel’s Core i3-2350M and the i5-2450M are two of the best selling notebook processors in the Sandy Bridge line ( Pentium B950 is the third one).

– The Core i5-2450M has a higher base clock frequency  than  the i3-2350M

– The Core i5-2450M supports turbo boost that makes a bigger difference in the performance and real life computing.

– Both have the same HD Graphics 300 integrated graphics and should show similar performance in GPU ( though Core i5-2450M has marginally higher graphics turbo frequency).

Table : Core i3-2350M Vs Core i5-2450M Feature Differences

Feature Core i3-2350M Core i5-2450M
Core Frequency 2.30 GHz 2.50 GHz
No. Of Cores 2 (4 Hyperthreads) 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 3 MB L3 Smart Cache 3 MB L3 Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency No Turbo 3.1 GHz
TDP Rating 35 Watts 35 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 32 nm 32 nm
Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333
Integrated Graphics Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.20 GHz


Table : Core i3-2350M Vs Core i5-2450M Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Core i3-2350M Core i5-2450M
PassMark CPU Mark Score
3095 3700
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)
41 secomds 31 seconds
3D Mark 06 CPU


2640 3440
Windows 7 Experience Score
6.7 7


Some more details of Core i3-2350M

The core i3-2350M is clocked at 2.30 GHz and is the fastest core i3 processor available at the time of writing ( core i3-2370M is not yet launched). There is no change with respect to the core i3-2330M ( the Sandy Bridge processor, just below it in frequency).

Some more details of Core i5-2450M

The core i5-2450M is clocked at 2.50 GHz and should have a decent performance with its turbo boost 2.0 feature.


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8 Response

  1. Sam says:

    I’m in the market for a Dell laptop for home usage (web surf, emails, light gaming, etc). Of the following two laptops, which is a better deal for me?

    Dell Inspiron 15R for $512 (bofore tax)
    2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2350M processor (2.30 GHz), 6GB, 500GB

    Dell Inspiron 15R for $549.99 (before tax)
    2nd Generation Intel core i5-2450M processor (2.50 GHz with Turbo boost 2.0 up to 3.10 GHz), 6GB, 500GB

    Thank you.

  2. admin says:

    We generally do not recommend higher priced laptops, but in this case the price difference is small and I will go for the one with core i5-2450M. It is just $38 extra and the extra gain in processor performance is worth it.

  3. noah says:

    The two Intel processors are apart in performance by about 20% ( give or take a bit of here and there). Now do not befool yourself in assuming that you get a 20% faster SYSTEM. Your SYSTEM speed is different from your processor speed. Your SYSTEM speed will make a difference of only 3% to 5% faster or slower depending upon which processor you are talking about and with respect to which.

    You will NOT be able to notice any significant difference. There are factors other than the processor performance. You have memory, you have hard disk bottle neck. If you are surfing, the network poses the biggest bottleneck.

    It will make a difference only when you are, for example compiling a program. This benchmark difference is only for them. For the rest of us buy whatever reliable and cheap model you get.

  4. mod says:

    If by paying $50 extra, you get 20% better processor what is wrong in it ?

  5. Ank says:

    @Mod: Don’t be a fool. Whatever Dell shows you blindly believe it. Do you really think it is 20% better. If you think so, then you are a victim of Dell’s corporate trick.

  6. Bear says:

    I got a Core i3-2350M i wish 2 upgrade to an i7 is that possible ?? do they fit in same socket i mean are they same size ???

  7. Khuong Van Ngo says:

    There is no change with respect to the core i3-2330M

  8. Chris says:

    What I’m wondering is whether that turbo boost on the i5 will really make a big difference or not. It says it will go up to 3.1 ghz, which if it will do that will be .8 ghz higher than the i3 and might be worth the extra money. My question is will that speed difference show a lot in whatever I’m doing? (particularly in gaming)

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