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Intel Core i5-10210U vs i5-8265U – a close call but the i5-10210U is a bit faster

Comet Lake and Whiskey Lake are on the comparison “table” again. We have selected two suitable candidates – Core i5-10210U vs i5-8265U. Let’s continue and we’ll see which one is the better mid-range CPU.

Quick Specs

Both CPUs share a lot of similar specs – the same core count (4 core, 8 threads), the same cache size (6MB), the same TDP levels (15W / 25W / 10W), the same max memory size (64GB), and the same base frequency (1.60 GHz). Even the bulk price is the same for both of them – $297.00 USD. The only differences are the Boost clock – 4.20 GHz for the Core i5-10210U and 3.90 GHz for i5-8265U, and the memory support (DDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133 to DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133).

We have the feeling that this battle will be a tough call.

More detailed specs here – Intel Core i5-10210U / Intel Core i5-8265U.

Оur comparison table is down below.

Intel Core i5-10210UIntel Core i5-8265U
Cores / Threads4 / 84 / 8
Base / Max frequency1.60 – 4.20 GHz1.60 – 3.90 GHz
Cache6MB Intel Smart Cache6MB Intel Smart Cache
TDP / up / down15W / 25W / 10W15W / 25W / 10W
Memory supportDDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133

CPU Benchmarks

Ok, the Core i5-10210U is 11% faster compared to i5-8265U. Not a big difference but it will help you when choosing a laptop.

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)

Which one is better – Core i7-10510U or i5-8265U?

That’s a good question but everything depends on the price of the particular machine. If you have to choose between those 2 CPUs look first at the other hardware – ports, SSD/HDD, and the size of the installed RAM. Keep that 11% difference in mind and maybe, in the end, this will be the key factor for your choice.

All laptops with Core i5-10210U:

All laptops with Core i5-8265U: