Intel Core i3-5005U & i3-5010U Lower-Mid-Range Processors
The Intel Core i3-5005U and i3-5010U are good dual-core laptop processor solutions for budget-conscious buyers who want to avoid slowness of the Intel Celeron and Pentium chips found in the majority of low-cost laptops. The i3-5005U & i3-5010U as representatives of the 5th Generation Intel Core U-series “Broadwell” family offer sufficient speed for daily tasks of the run-of-the-mill users, like web browsing, work on Office documents, multimedia playback, and similar, without consuming excessive amounts of battery juice. A step up from the i3-5005U / 5010U are the i5-5200U / 5300U. The i5 introduces TurboBoost technology for dynamic CPU frequency boost when needed. TurboBoost is the main reason of better benchmark results of the i5. On the other hand, i3 and i5 have HyperThreading technology, allowing multiple computing threads per core, which significantly increases performance is multi-threaded programs. The Celerons and Pentiums lack HyperThreading.
Intel Core i3-5005U & i3-5010U PassMark CPU Benchmark
Both the i3 and i5 variants feature the same Intel HD 5500-series integrated graphics, so they have similar gaming performance. The HD 5500 is perfectly suitable for light indie and browser games, good for popular MMORPG titles like League of Legends, and satisfactory for demanding titles such as Battlefield 4, but only on the lowest detail settings.
Differences between the i3-5005U and i3-5010U are minor. The 5010U is only a tad faster, since its cores are clocked at 2.1GHz instead of 2GHz and maximal frequency of its integrated graphics is 900MHz versus 850MHz.
Update: Intel also has the 2.2-Gigahertz i3-5020U in its i3 Broadwell lineup, but this chip is rarely used in laptops on the market.
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Intel Core i3-5005U and i3-5010U
5th Generation Intel Core “Broadwell”
|Number of Cores||
|CPU Clock Speed||
5005U: 2GHz, 5010U: 2.1GHz
DDR3 1333MHz, DDR3 1600MHz
Intel HD 5500
Intel HyperThreading, Intel QuickSync, VT-d Virtualization, VT-x Virtualization
Mainstream Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
|PassMark CPU Test Score||
5005U: 3,000, 5010U: 3,050
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