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Intel Core i5-10210U vs Ryzen 5 3500U – AMD is “the thing” here

Oh yes, Intel vs AMD. One of the hottest topics in the IT world right now. AMD is on the rise after the Ryzen debut. As always, AMD CPUs are offering a very good Price/Performance ratio but let’s check the performance of the Core i5-10210U and Ryzen 5 3500U in our comparison.

Quick Specs

Ok, its time for the specs. Intel CPU’s base frequency is 1.10 GHz lower compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U one – 1.60 GHz to 2.70 GHz. Core i5-10210U got 500 MHz higher boost frequency – 4.20 GHz vs 3.70 GHz. A word about the cache size – 2MB more cache for i5-10210U – 6MB vs 4MB. The max memory size for the Intel contender is 64GB (DDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133) while the AMD CPU can be equipped with a max size of 32GB (DDR4-2400).

The TDP levels are close for both (a bit higher TDP up/down values for AMD) – 15W / 25W / 10W and 15W / 35W / 12W for AMD, respectively.

The other difference is the integrated graphics – the well-known Intel UHD Graphics and for AMD we have Radeon Vega 8 Graphics.

It’s time for the direct comparisons.

Our table with detailed specs is down below.

Intel Core i5-10210URyzen 5 3500U
Cores / Threads4/84/8
Base / Max frequency1.60 – 4.20 GHz2.70 – 3.70 GHz
Cache6 MB Intel Smart Cache4 MB L3 Cache
TDP / up / down15W / 25W / 10W15W / 35W / 12W
Memory supportDDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133DDR4-2400

CPU Benchmarks

In Cinebench the Core i5-10210U is a bit faster – 6.5%. Not a big difference but we have to note it.

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)

GPU Benchmarks

Well, it’s time to compare the IGPs’ performance and things are getting a bit ugly for Intel. The Radeon Vega 8 Graphics is 112% faster than Intel UHD Graphics. How about that!

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GOHD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Intel UHD Graphics54 fps28 fps– fps
Radeon Vega 8 Graphics65 fps50 fps38 fps

DOTA 2HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Intel UHD Graphics77 fps36 fps18 fps
Radeon Vega 8 Graphics86 fps51 fps31 fps

GTA-V-benchmarks

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5)HD 768p, Normal (Check settings)HD 768p, High (Check settings)HD 768p, Very High (Check settings)
Intel UHD Graphics30 fps– fps– fps
Radeon Vega 8 Graphics68 fps29 fps– fps

Now it’s time for some popular light games (ok, GTA V is not that light). Same thing – Radeon Vega 8 Graphics is just crushing Intel UHD Graphics. With Radeon Vega 8 Graphics you can even play CS:GO and DOTA 2 with average FPS above 30. That is absolutely impossible for the Intel UHD Graphics.

Intel or AMD?

Good question. It depends. Overall AMD is the clear winner. A bit lower Cinebench score but when it comes to the raw integrated graphics power Radeon Vega 8 is a T-Rex.

Core i5-10210U got a better TDP up and down levels so it will be useful for you if you need a more compact machine.

Almost every device equipped with Ryzen 5 3500U is significantly cheaper than the devices with Core i5-10210U. As we said in the beginning – the Price / Performance ratio is on the AMD side again.

Good job AMD – you got the power!

All laptops with Core i5-10210U:

All laptops with Ryzen 5 3500U: