Intel Core i5-10210U 10th Gen Upper-Mid-Range Laptop CPU

The 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U is an upper-mid-range quad-core processor you can find in the mainstream laptop PCs.

The i5-10210U is a part of the 10th Gen Intel Core U-series, which also includes the mid-range dual-core Intel Core i3-10110U and slightly faster upper-mid-range quad-core i7-10710U.

In comparison to the Intel Core i5-1035G1 / G4 / G7 relatives from the 10th Gen G-series family, the Core i5-10210U lacks new integrated graphics for improved gaming. Also, the i5-10210U is still based on the older 14-nanometer production technology of the 8th Gen chips, as opposed to generally more power-efficient 10-nanometer tech of the 10th Gen G series.

In comparison to its 8th Gen Intel Core i5 U-series precursors like the i5-8265U and i5-8250U, the 10th Gen i5-10210U delivers higher clock speeds of the processing cores and support for faster system memory (RAM) speeds.

Intel Core i5-10210U CPU Benchmark

Here’s a Core i5-10210U benchmark, compared to other commonly used laptop processors:

Intel Core i5-10210U Benchmark

As expected, the Intel Core i5-10210U is faster in benchmarks than the dual-core i3-10110U and slightly slower than the quad-core i7-10710U.

Processing speed of the main cores of the 10th Gen i5-10210U is similar to speed of the 10th Gen i5-1035G1/G4/G7.

Benchmarks of the Core i5-10210U show it is noticeably faster than its i5-8265U and i5-8250U precursors. Furthermore, the 15-Watt chip performs very similar to the i5-9300H from the high-performance 9th Gen Intel Core H-series, which consumes 45 Watts.

What to Expect in Real World Use and Gaming

Performance of the Intel Core i5-10210U ensures completely smooth user experience in day-to-day computing tasks. However, in these tasks most users won’t notice differences in performance between the Core i5-10210U and other current mid-range and upper-mid-range chips.

The i5-10210U can be a decent solution for heavier duties like video editing or professional photo editing, but it is not a workstation-class processor. In heavier tasks, the differences in benchmark results will be more noticeable than in the daily tasks.

As for gaming on the processor’s Intel UHD integrated graphics, you will be able to play only light games and select heavier games on minimal graphics detail settings.

Note: Performance and benchmark scores of the Intel Core i5-10210U may vary depending on the notebook's other components, settings, cooling, and other factors. However, benchmark results are good indicators of its performance in comparison to other chips.

Specifications of the Intel Core i5-10210U

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Core i5-10210U:

Processor Name Intel Core i5-10210U
CPU Family 10th Generation Intel Core "Comet Lake"
Number of Cores Quad-core / 2 computing threads per core
CPU Clock Speed 1.6 - 4.2 GHz
Cache Size 6MB
Memory Support DDR4 (2666 MHz max. speed)

LPDDR3 (2133 MHz max. speed)
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD
Power Consumption 15W
Production Technology 14-nanometer
Typical Use Mainstream laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
Notable Technologies Intel HyperThreading (enables two computing threads per physical processor core)

Intel QuickSync Video (speeds up conversion of video files)

Intel TurboBoost (dynamically boosts performance of cores, depending on power and thermal headroom)

Virtualization (allows the processor to run multiple virtual platforms)
Year of Release 2019

Written by Dan on December 9, 2019

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