Intel Core i7-10510U 10th Gen Upper-Mid-Range Laptop CPU

The 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U is an upper-mid-range laptop processor, typically used in the mainstream notebooks.

The quad-core i7-10510U it the top model in the 10th Gen Intel Core U-series, above the popular upper-mid-range quad-core i5-10210U and mid-range dual-core Intel Core i3-10110U.

The 10th Gen Intel Core lineup also includes the G-series i7 models, such as the i7-1065G7. The G-series Intel Core chips have improved integrated graphics for smoother gaming in comparison to the Core U-series. Furthermore, the G-series CPUs are based on newer 10-nanomenter production technology with improved power efficiency and thermal characteristics. On the other side, the i7-10510U is a 14-nanometer chip.

The 10th Gen i7-10510U succeeds the 8th Gen i7 U-series chips, like the i7-8565U and i7-8650U. As the main differences, the i7-10510U features higher clock speeds of the processor cores and support for faster system memory.

Intel Core i7-10510U CPU Benchmark

Here’s a Core i7-10510U benchmark score compared to scores of other frequently used laptop processors:

Intel Core i7-10510U Benchmark

In benchmarks, the Intel Core i7-10510U is only slightly faster than the closely related i5-10210U and slightly slower than the the G-series 10th Gen i7 counterpart, the i7-1065G7.

In comparison to the Intel Core i7-8565U and i7-8650U 8th Gen precursors, the i7-10510U delivers a decently improved benchmark performance. This 15-Watt chip is even close to the 45-Watt six-core 9th Gen i7-9750H from the high-end Core H-series.

What to Expect in Real World Use and Gaming

Just like all newer mid-range and upper-mid-range laptop processors, the Core i7-10510U can effortlessly handle all everyday tasks of typical home and office users. Getting a laptop with the i7-10510U option, which is pricier than the related i5 and i3, makes sense if you want better performance in heavier duties like video and audio production or professional-level photo editing. True, the top-performing processors, like those from the Intel Core H series, are the best choice for these tasks, but they consume more power and run hotter.

As for gaming, the i7-10510U features the basic Intel UHD integrated graphics. It is generally a low-performing graphics processor, capable of running only light games and select demanding titles on minimal graphics detail settings.

Note: Performance and benchmark scores of the Intel Core i7-10510U 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 i7-10510U

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Core i7-10510U:

Processor Name Intel Core i7-10510U
CPU Family 10th Generation Intel Core "Comet Lake"
Number of Cores Quad-core / 2 computing threads per core
CPU Clock Speed 1.8 - 4.9 GHz
Cache Size 8MB
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

User Reviews and Q&A on the Intel Core i7-10510U

Below you can read and submit user reviews, questions, and answers about the processor. Thank you for your contribution.

  1. Question

    Nick kranidiotis

    Hello I am a member of cyber security and I am looking forward to buy a :Lenovo ThinkPad L13 (i7-10510U/16GB/512GB/FHD/W10). Will the i7 crack passwords and manage multitasking fast, with that ultra low tdp? Thank you

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    • Dan

      Hi, I don’t know what type of computing password cracking requires, but I assume it requires a lot of processing power, especially if it’s a sort of brute force work. If you need better performance, I can only recommend laptops with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H or AMD Ryzen 4000 H series, but they can be generally found in rather bulkier gaming laptops than in smaller laptops like the L13 and they require more battery power. If you still want a low power consumption with a lot of computing power, the 10th Gen i7-10510U and other processors in its class (like the Ryzen 7 4700U) are the best choice currently.

      As for multi-tasking the H-series processors don’t bring big benefits over the standard U-series. At least when it comes to normal web browser / Windows apps multitasking. I don’t know about multitasking is cyber security-related programs.

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  2. Question

    Kim

    Is there any big differences between i5 10210u and i7 10510u when playing games and editing videos? (in case they both have same GPU on laptop)

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    • Dan

      Hi, I would say the differences aren’t big. The i7-10510U is a slight upgrade over the i5-10210U. In gaming, you will possibly have a few frames-per-second more with the i7 in select games, which won’t be overly noticeable. As for editing videos, I think the difference isn’t big also. In my personal video works, the only difference would be when exporting or converting videos. I would expect the i7 to be 10-20 percent faster in these tasks.

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  3. Question

    John

    Can I replace an i7-10510U (4 cores) processor on the same notebook with an i7-10710U processor(6 cores). Both are using socket FCBGA1528.

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    • Dan

      Hi, unfortunately not. The BGA (ball grid-array) socket, including the FCBGA1528, means the processor is soldered onto the motherboard. That’s the case with a vast majority of laptop processors.

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  4. Question

    Diego Perez

    Is it good for music production? I’m going to be running this core i7 processor with 20gb of ram on a Lenovo. Will I be able to work on larger projects with more plugins?

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    • Dan

      Hi, I use a similar and weaker Intel Core i-series processor – the Core i5-8250U, for Ableton production with various VSTs. I had no problems overall, except that some heavy Roland VSTs required my laptop to run on AC power instead of battery to work without hiccups (running the laptop in Windows High Performance mode instead of Balanced also helps with this). Other plugins I used like U-He Diva, Korg VSTs, Arturia Lab etc all work easily with a quite low processor load. I think for music production the i7-10510U and processors in the same category are sufficient and probably the most optimal. You can get a laptop with a better and pricier processor such as the Intel Core H series or AMD Ryzen H series, but I don’t think you will see major benefits of that. The only time I wished to have a faster processor was when exporting a large 30-minute .wav file. The H-series processors would do this task faster. Otherwise, the i7-10510U is a great choice.

      Also, 20GB RAM is more than enough. I used both 8GB and 16GB without problems.

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  5. Question

    terry

    Just purchased a ASUS VivoBook S15 S512FL with this processor. When I scan it with Speccy it says processor is a Kaby Lake. Any idea whats going on?

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    • Dan

      Hi, do you know what exact processor model you have in your laptop. The S512FL can feature either the 8th Gen Kaby Lake or 10th Gen Comet Lake.

      In particular:

      10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U processor
      10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U processor
      8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor
      8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U processor

      But overall, these processors are very similar, with the 10th Gen part being slightly faster. Specs-wise, the difference is bigger between the 8th Gen Core U series and 10th Gen Core G series.

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    • Terry

      It says 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U processor. When I look it up that processor should be a Comet Lake. Maybe Speccy is wrong

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    • Terry

      Device manager says it’s a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U processor. Speccy reads Intel i7 @1.8 Kaby Lake-U/Y 14mm

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    • Dan

      Yes, Speccy is wrong about the codename then. Maybe that’s because the 10th Gen i7-10510U Comet Lake is almost identical specs-wise to the previous 8th Gen Kaby Lake i7 U-series, so Speccy can’t distinguish them. The real architectural update over the 8th Gen Core U series are the 10th Gen Core G-series Ice Lake 10-nanometer processors.

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  6. Question

    Axel

    Hi, I am wondering if I can put Win7 Pro 64Bit onto a laptop with this processor and run it? Lookingt at this laptop Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T and have some older programms only running on Win7 and do not want to change to WIN 10. Any other OS i could use instead of Win10? Thanks

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    • John

      Sorry, you cannot install Windows 7 on 10th Gen.
      The most recent processor that supports Win 7 is Skylake (6th Generation).

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    • Jerry

      Is a Notebook PC with 8MB and this processor appropriately priced at $899?

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