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Intel Core i3-10110U vs i5-8265U – a flawless victory for the older i5

Let’s clash some Comet Lake and Whiskey Lake CPUs – we choose i3-10110U and i5-8265U because their prices are similar, although the Whiskey Lake is a year older compared to the Comet Lake. We are curious to see is there any catch-up between the different generations. The price-performance ratio of our contenders is interesting too. We will see is an i3 CPU enough for daily tasks in 2019.

Our test will show which one is the better choice.

Quick Specs

No surprises here, the Core i3-10110U is a standard 2-core 4-thread i3 representative while i5-8265U is a 4-core 8-thread CPU. Maybe because of its lower core count, the i3-10110U has a higher base and boost frequencies (a.k.a. squeezing a bit more performance) compared to i5-8265U – 2.10 – 4.10 GHz to 1.60 – 3.90 GHz.

The Core i3-10110U got 2MB less cache size, its TDP is the same as the other contender. When it comes to supported memory frequencies, the i3 CPU is better with DDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133 while i5-8265U can be equipped with more stellar memory – DDR4-2400; LPDDR3-2133.

Interestingly enough, Intel is asking just $18 more for the i5-8265U. Not a huge difference for a CPU with a double core count.

Detailed specs sheets here: Intel Core i3-10110U / Intel Core i5-8265U.

Table:

Intel Core i3-10110UIntel Core i5-8265U
Cores / Threads2 / 44 / 8
Base / Max frequency2.10 – 4.10 GHz1.60 – 3.90 GHz
Cache4 MB Intel Smart Cache6 MB Intel Smart Cache
TDP / up / down15W / 25W / 10W15W / 25W / 10W
Memory supportDDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133DDR4-2400; LPDDR3-2133

CPU Benchmarks

A nice victory for the i5-8265U – 53% higher result!

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)

Verdict

Obviously, i5-8265U is the faster CPU. It has more cores and bigger cache size. In our Cinebench test, it is 53% faster. As we already said, the price difference between both CPUs is $18 only. The Core i3-10110U will be slower no matter the load – browsing with a lot of tabs, MS Office, watching videos, etc.

Nowadays the multitasking performance is very important because everybody wants to do more things at the same time. In this test, i5-8265U is the much better multitasker with a slightly premium price tag. Don’t get us wrong – the Core i3-10110U is not a bad CPU, it’ll do the job for daily usage but it will be significantly slower no matter the task compared to i5-8265U.

All laptops with Core i3-10110U:

All laptops with Core i5-8265U: