11th Gen i3 vs 10th Gen i5 (Laptop CPUs Compared, Benchmarks)

Generally, the succeeding generation CPUs are better than the preceding ones in the same category in almost every respect.

For example, the 11th gen i3 CPUs are better than the 10th generation i3 processors, but when it comes to comparing the 11th gen i3 and the 10th gen i5 CPUs, you have a worthy competitor on hand.

11th Gen i3 vs 10th Gen i5

So let us compare the 11th gen i3 and the 10th gen i5 models to understand which of the two is the better option.

CPU / Parameters10th Gen i511th Gen i3
Number of processorsElevenSix ( 2 Models with IPU)
SeriesU, Y, H, G1, G4, G7, NG7G4 Series
Cores / Threads10500H – 6 / 12 Others – 4 / 81110G4, 1115G4 – 2 / 4 1120G4, 1125G4 – 4 / 8
Cache10500H – 12 MB 10200H, 10300H, 10400H – 8 MB Others – 6 MB1110G4, 1115G4 – 6 MB 1120G4, 1125G4 – 8 MB
Base Clock Frequency1.0 GHz to 2.60 GHzNot Available
Turbo Clock Frequency3.60 GHz to 4.60 GHzTurbo Freq – 3.50 GHz to 4.10 GHz
TDPY – Series – 7W U, G1, G4, G7 – 15W NG7 – 28W H – Series – 45W1110G4, 1120G4 – 15W 1115G4, 1125G4 – 25W
LithographyG1, G4, G7, NG7 – 10 nm Others – 14 nm10 nm process
Memory Types SupportedDDR3L – 1600 MHz LPDDR3 – 2133 MHz DDR4 – 3200 MHz LPDDR4 – 3733 MHzDDR4 3200 MHz LPDDR4x 4267 MHz
Maximum Memory Size SupportedY – Series – 16GB U, G1, G4, G7, NG7 – 64GB H – Series – 128GB1110G4, 1120G4 – 32GB 1115G4, 1125G4 – 64GB
Processor GraphicsG4, G7, NG7 – Intel Iris Plus Others – Intel Integrated UHD Graphics for 10th gen processorsIntel UHD Graphics for 11th Gen CPUs
DirectX Support12.012.1
Displays SupportedThreeFour
ThunderboltNoYes
PCI Express Revision3.0Gen 4.0
Intel Deep Learning BoostNot available in H, Y, and U Series Others – AvailableYes
Intel Optane MemoryNot available in Y and NG7 Series Others – AvailableYes
Intel Adaptix TechnologyNot available in H, Y, and U Series Others – AvailableYes

Range Available

The 10th generation i5 CPUs are available in various series, including U, Y, H, G1-7, and NG7, totaling 11 models in all. On the contrary, four 11th generation i3 processors are available in the G4 series alone.

The 10th gen i5 offers a better range.

Cores / Threads

The 10th gen i5 CPUs are placed better in this aspect as the minimum you get is a quad-core CPU with hyperthreading. Besides, the 10500H is a hexa-core CPU with 12 threads. On the other hand, two of the 11th gen i3 CPUs are dual-core, and two are quad-core with hyperthreading.

Therefore, the 10th gen i5 CPUs are better at computational ability because of the higher cores available.

Cache Memory

The 10th gen i5 10500H features 12 MB cache memory, whereas the others have L3 cache memory ranging from 6 MB to 8 MB. In contrast, the dual-core 11th gen i3 CPUs have 6 MB L3 cache, and the quad-core, 8 MB.

Thus, the 10th gen i5 CPUs have the edge over the 11th gen i3 processors.

Acer Nitro 5 with  Intel Core i5-10300H processor
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i5-10300H processor

Clock Frequency

The 10th gen i5 CPUs are better at performing low-power-intensive jobs because they feature base clock frequencies as low as 1 GHz to 2.60 GHz. Simultaneously, these CPUs are also good at performing over their limitations because they come with high turbo clock frequencies in the range of 3.60 GHz to 4.60 GHz.

The 11th generation i3 CPUs work in a turbo frequency range of 3.50 GHz to 4.10 GHz.

TDP

The Y Series CPUs in 10th gen i5 is the best at conserving power because they have a TDP of 7W. Thus, these CPUs enhance battery life by consuming less power. Besides, the U, G1-7 series CPU are good performers with a TDP of 15W. The NG7 CPU has a TDP of 28W, whereas the H-Series CPUs consume the maximum power at 45W.

In comparison, the 1110G4 and 1120G4 have TDP of 15W, and the 1120G4 and 1125G4, 25W.

In matters concerning power consumption, the Y-Series CPUs in the 10th gen i5 is better.

Lithography

The G and the NG series in the 10th gen i5 CPUs come with a 10 nm process, whereas the others work on 14 nm. In contrast, all the 11th gen i3 CPUs work on a 10 nm process.

The smaller the semiconductor size, the better it is for the CPU. It allows for the inclusion of more transistors and helps the manufacturers go for slimmer devices. The 11th gen i3 CPUs have a definite edge in this regard.

Memory – RAM

The 11th gen i3 CPUs are better equipped because they support better RAM in DDR4 and LPDDR4x, whereas some of the 10th gen i5 models support DDR3L and LPDDR3 RAM.

Besides, the 11th gen i3 supports higher speeds up to 3200 MHz DDR4 and 4267 MHz LPDDR4x.

However, the H-Series CPUs support a maximum of 128 GB when it comes to RAM capacity, making them the best for gaming laptops. On the other hand, the 10th gen i5 Y-Series processors are the least equipped in this segment at 16 GB.

Other technologies

The 11th gen i3 CPUs are better than the 10th gen i5 CPUs when comparing advanced technologies.

The 11th gen CPUs support DirectX 12.1 and PCIe version 4.0, whereas the 10th gen CPUs support DirectX 12.0 and PCIe 3.0.

The 11th gen i3 processors support Thunderbolt 4 and up to four displays, whereas the 10th gen i5 CPUs support three displays. They do not support Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. However, both these generations support Wi-Fi 802.11 ax (Wi-Fi 6) and Bluetooth advanced versions.

All 11th gen Intel i3 CPUs support advanced technologies like Intel Optane Memory, Intel Adaptix Technology, and Intel Deep Learning Boost. On the other hand, all CPUs in the 10th gen i5 does not support these technologies.

Thus, you can find that the 10th gen i5 CPUs are better at computational abilities than the 11th gen i3 processors. However, when comparing multitasking and other technologies, the 11th gen CPUs are better.  

The Individual 11th gen i3 CPUs – Primary Configuration

ProcessorCores/Threads and L3 Cache MemoryGraphicsClock FrequencyMemory Support
1110G42 / 4 6 MBIntel UHD Graphics Xe Graphics G4Turbo 3.90 GHzLPDDR4x 4267 32 GB
1115G42 / 4 6 MBIntel Iris Xe Graphics G4Turbo 4.10 GHzDDR4 3200 LPDDR4x 3733 64 GB
1125G44 / 8 8 MBIntel Iris Xe Graphics G4Turbo 3.70 GHzDDR4 3200 LPDDR4x 3733 64 GB
1120G44 / 8 8 MBIntel Iris Xe Graphics G4Turbo 3.50 GHzLPDDR4x 4267 32 GB

The individual 10th gen i5 CPUs – Primary Configuration

10th gen i5 CPUs Mobile
ProcessorCores/Threads and L3 Cache MemoryGraphicsClock FrequencyMemory Support
10210U4 / 8 6 MBIntel UHD GraphicsBase 1.60 GHz Turbo 4.20 GHzDDR4 2666 LPDDR3 2133 LPDDR4 2933 64 GB
10210Y4 / 8 6 MBIntel UHD GraphicsBase 1.00 GHz Turbo 4.00 GHzLPDDR3 2133 DDR3L 1600 16 GB
1035G44 / 8 6 MBIntel Iris Plus GraphicsBase 1.10 GHz Turbo 3.70 GHzDDR4 3200 LPDDR4 3733 64 GB
1035G74 / 8 6 MBIntel Iris Plus GraphicsBase 1.20 GHz Turbo 3.70 GHzDDR4 3200 LPDDR4 3733 64 GB
1035NG74 / 8 6 MBIntel Iris Plus GraphicsBase 2.00 GHz Turbo 3.80 GHzDDR4 3200 LPDDR4 3733 64 GB
1035G14 / 8 6 MBIntel UHD GraphicsBase 1.00 GHz Turbo 3.60 GHzDDR4 3200 LPDDR4 3733 64 GB
10300H4 / 8 8 MBIntel UHD GraphicsBase 2.50 GHz Turbo 4.50 GHzDDR4 2933 128 GB
10310U4 / 8 6 MBIntel UHD GraphicsBase 1.70 GHz Turbo 4.40 GHzDDR4 2666 LPDDR3 2133 LPDDR4 2933 64 GB
10400H4 / 8 8 MBIntel UHD GraphicsBase 2.60 GHz Turbo 4.60 GHzDDR4 2933 128 GB
10500H6 / 12 12 MBIntel UHD GraphicsBase 2.50 GHz Turbo 4.50 GHzDDR4 2933 128 GB
10200H4 / 8 8 MBIntel UHD GraphicsBase 2.40 GHz Turbo 4.10 GHzDDR4 2933 128 GB

Let us compare some of the popular 10th gen i5 CPUs with their corresponding 11th gen i3 processors.

10th gen i5 1035G1 vs 11th gen i3 1115G4

10th gen i5 1035G1 vs 11th gen i3 1115G4
ParametersCi5 1035G1 vs. Ci3 1115G4
Cores / ThreadsThe i5 1035G1 is a quad-core CPU with eight threads, whereas the i3 1115G4 has two cores and four threads. Thus, the i5 1035G1 is a better CPU at computation ability.
TDPThe i5 1035G1 has a TDP of 15W versus 28W for the i3 1115G4. Hence, the 10th gen i5 processor displays lower power consumption.
CPU SpeedThe 11th gen i3 1115G4 displays a higher turbo speed of 4.1 GHz. Hence, it can process faster than the 10th gen i5 1035G1. However, the i5 processor has a lower base clock frequency.
RAM SpeedAs far as RAM is concerned, both these CPUs offer similar memory support. However, the 11th gen i3 1115G4 supports LPDDR4x RAM against LPDDR4 by the 10th gen i5 processor.
Cache SpeedWhereas both the CPUs have the same L3 cache memory, the 11th gen i3 1115G4 has a higher L1 and L2 memory, making it better than the 10th gen i5 CPU.
LithographyBoth the CPUs work on a 10 nm process.
GraphicsThe 11th gen i3 1115G4 has a better Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs than Intel UHD Graphics GI supported by the 10th gen i5 CPU.
Pass Mark CPU – Single CoreThe 11th gen i3 processor has a better Pass Mark Single-Core score of
2744, 20% better than the 10th gen i5 processor (2296).
Pass Mark – Multi-CoreThe 10th gen i5 CPU has a better Pass Mark Multi-core score of 8006, 21% better than the 1115G4’s score of 6617.
Geekbench Single CoreThe 11th gen i3 displays better performance in the Geekbench 5 Single-Core with a score of 1223 against 1069 of the i5 1035G1
Geekbench Multi-coreThe 11th gen i3 1115G4 (2572) is 25% better when it comes to Geekbench 5 Multi-core performance (3213 for i5 1035G1 ).

The 10th gen i5 CPU is better at computational performance because of the more cores. It consumes less power because of a lower TDP. However, the 11th gen i3 1114G4 is an overall better performer because of its better graphics and multitasking abilities. This CPU is the most common processor found in budget 11th gen i3 laptops. It is more popular than the 10th gen i5 1035G1.

10th gen i5 10210U vs 11th gen i3 1115G4

10th gen i5 10210U vs 11th gen i3 1115G4
ParametersCi5 10210U vs. Ci3 1115G4
Cores / ThreadsThe i5 10210U is better than the i3 1115G4 because it has more cores and threads. Thus, it is better at computational activities.
TDPThe i5 10210U consumes less power on the power consumption front than the i3 1115G4 because of its lower TDP at 15W compared to 28W. Hence, this CPU supports extended battery life.
CPU SpeedThe i5 10210U has a better clock speed frequency range than the i3 1115G4.
RAM SpeedThe i3 1115G4 has better RAM than the 10th gen i5 10210U with DDR4 and LPDDR4x RAM against LPDDR3.
Cache SpeedThough both CPUs have similar L3 cache memory, the 11th gen processor displays better L1 and L2 cache than the i5 10210U.
LithographyThe i3 1115G4 has a 10 nm process compared to the 14 nm by the i5 10210U.
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 on the 11th gen i3 is any day better than the Intel UHD Graphics 620 on the i5 10210U/
Pass Mark Result – Single CoreThe i3 1115G4, with a Pass Mark Single-Core score of 2772, is 22% better than the i5 10210U with a score of 2264.
Pass Mark – Multi-CoreRegarding multi-core performance, the Core i3 1115G4 is slightly better than the i5 10210U by 1%, with a score of 6617 against 6581.
Geekbench Single CoreThe i3 1115G4 is better at single-core performance in the Geekbench 5 rating with a score of 1223 against the i5 10210U’s 962.
Geekbench Multi-coreCore i5 10210U is slightly better with 2911 aganist Core i3 1115G4 with 2572

Despite having two additional cores and a lower TDP, the 10th gen i5 10210 is an inferior performer compared to the 11th gen i3 1115G4.

10th gen i5 10300H vs 11th gen i3 1115G4

ParametersCi5 10300H vs. Ci3 1115G4
Cores / ThreadsThe i5 10300H has four cores and eight threads compared to i3 1115G4, with two cores and four threads. Hence, it has better computational qualities.
TDPThe H-Series CPUs consume more power. For example, the i3 1115G4 has a TDP of 28W against 45W of the i3 10300H. Hence, the i3 1115G4 is better at power saving.
CPU SpeedThe i5 10300H has a higher turbo clock frequency to help deliver better overclocking performances. However, it has a high base clock frequency. Therefore, it is not as efficient at performing low-power intensive tasks.
RAM SpeedThe 11th gen 1115G4 has better RAM than the 10th gen 10300H. However, the 10th gen H-Series CPU supports 128 GB against 64 GB by the 1115G4. Therefore, it is a better CPU for activities like gaming.
Cache SpeedThough the 1115G4 has a better L1 and L2 cache, the i5 10300H has a higher L3 cache memory of 8 MB against 6 MB of the 1115 G4.
LithographyThe i3 1115G4 has a smaller semiconductor process of 10 nm versus 14 nm by the 10th gen CPU.
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs graphics present on the i3 1115G4 are better than the Intel UHD Graphics 630 available on the i5 10300H.
Pass Mark Single CoreThe i3 1115G4 has a better Pass mark Single-Core score of 2772 against 2665 by the i5 10300H.
Pass Mark Multi-CoreRegarding Pass Mark Multi-Core performance, the i5 10300H is a better performer with a score of 8822 versus 6617.
Geekbench Single CoreThe single-core Geekbench score of the i3 1115G4 is marginally better at 1223 versus 1137 of the i5 10300H.
Geekbench Multi-coreIn the Geekbench Multi-Core test, the i5 10300H is a better performer than the i3 1115G4, with a score of 4004 versus 2572.

The overall performance of the Ci5 10300H compares favorably with that of the Ci3 1115G4. While the 10th gen i5 CPU has more cores and better computational abilities, the 11th gen i3 processor has better graphics and consumes less power. Thus, it is a better CPU for low-intensive tasks. However, when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, the i5 10300H is a better bet.

Final Thoughts

When comparing two different generations of CPUs in different categories, one has to consider various aspects.

For example, the 10th gen i5 CPUs offer better variety with CPUs in almost all series, whereas the 11th gen i3 offers four models in the G4 series alone.

Besides, the H-series CPUs in the 10th gen i5 is excellent for gaming. So, if you wish to purchase a laptop for regular computation work and internet browsing, the 11th gen i3 should be better. But, if you wish to go for power-intensive tasks, the H-series i5 10th gen CPUs have the edge.

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