Intel Core i3-5005U & i3-5010U Lower-Mid-Range Processors

Intel Core i3-5005U i3-5010U 5th Generation Broadwell

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

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.

You can check out laptops with the 5005U and 5010U here and here.

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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Processor Name

Intel Core i3-5005U and i3-5010U

CPU Family

5th Generation Intel Core “Broadwell”

Number of Cores


CPU Clock Speed

5005U: 2GHz, 5010U: 2.1GHz

Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 1333MHz, DDR3 1600MHz

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD 5500

Power Consumption


Production Technology



Intel HyperThreading, Intel QuickSync, VT-d Virtualization, VT-x Virtualization

Typical Use

Mainstream Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs

PassMark CPU Test Score

5005U: 3,000, 5010U: 3,050

Reviews, ratings, and Q&A on “Intel Core i3-5005U & i3-5010U Lower-Mid-Range Processors”

  1. Ashwin Kumar – July 8, 2017:

    Hello, I have a laptop with the i3 5005u processor and a 4gb DDR3(1600) RAM. Do you suggest that I should upgrade it with another 4gb DDR3(1600) RAM, to better facilitate multitasking?

  2. Nairn Robertson – August 5, 2016:

    Hi there, my daughter is starting high school and Staples has an HP 15.6 HD screen with the i3-5005u processor for 499.99. Would this device be suitable for a high school student’s needs? Thank you for your time.

    • Danijel Z – August 6, 2016:

      The Intel i3 and i5 processors are considered to be optimal solutions for usual home and office tasks, including schoolwork. More powerful CPUs (like quad-core i7) are recommended for demanding tasks like video editing or music production, but for school activities the i3 will serve just fine. I assume the laptop has at least 4GB of RAM. 8GB would be a better option if she usually keeps multiple programs opened at the same time, but even 4GB is quite enough for the average user.

  3. A. Mukherjee – March 30, 2016:

    Hi. I’m planning to buy an HP laptop with the i3 5005U, 8GB RAM and AMD Radeon R5 M330 2GB DDR3. Is this laptop good for heavy multitasking and gaming? I’m aiming for AAA titles from 2013, 2014 and 2015. Will I be able to run Assassin’s Creed Syndicate satisfactorily? Thanks in advance.

    • Danijel Z – March 30, 2016:

      It depends on applications used, but for the usual day-to-day home and office tasks and multitasking the i3 with 8GB RAM and dedicated GPU is a solid solution. However, the M330 is just a basic video card. I haven’t tested it personally, but since it’s a budget GPU, you can expect to play these titles mostly on low settings and resolutions.

    • pat – October 20, 2016:

      no such thing exists

  4. Vuonghuudat – March 7, 2016:

    Can u tell me which laptop suitable for inventor ,solid work and dota2(maybe) i3 5010 is ok??? Please help me ty

    • Danijel Z – March 7, 2016:

      These programs require good hardware and preferably a dedicated video card, so I would recommend a quad-core i7 CPU combined with some of the dedicated GPUs and at least 8GB of system memory. The i3 5010 is generally good CPU for everyday use, but it’s not designed for graphics design and engineering apps. You’ll still able to run them on the i3, but you can’t expect good performance.

      As for DOTA 2, it will look like something like this on the i3-5010U (check out the DOTA 2 video in the article):

      What is your budget for the new laptop?

  5. DJ DEVANI – February 23, 2016:

    Is i3 5005u good for gaming with gt940m 2gb ddr3 and 8gb ddr3l(1600) good enough? I doubt on processor!

    • Danijel Z – February 24, 2016:

      I don’t know in which games you’re interested in, but can tell you the 5th and 6th Gen i5 with 940M and 8GB RAM can easily handle many titles. The 5th Gen i3 is somewhat slower than the i5, but still I believe it won’t be a bottleneck in the most of the popular games.

    • A. Mukherjee – March 30, 2016:

      Hey can you tell me the make and model number of the laptop you’re talking about? Thanks.

      • Danijel Z – March 30, 2016:

        I don’t know which model is in question, but generally laptops with same specs perform very similar, regardless of make and model.

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