Core i3-3120M vs Core i5-3210M benchmarks
According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i5-3210M is faster than the Core i3-3120M. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i3-3120M in all gaming tests too.
Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores and the same number of threads. Both the Core i3-3120M and Core i5-3210M have the same clock speed. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.
The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i3-3120M has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.