Intel Core i5-3230M

Intel 3230M

The Intel Core i5-3230M is a fast dual-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Due to Hyperthreading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.6 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.2 GHz (for 1 active core). As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessors, it offers a 3 MB L3-Cache.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i5-3230M is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is similar to the old i7-2620M.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

Just like most other Ivy Bridge dual-cores, the i5-3230M is rated at a TDP of 35 W. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i5.

SeriesIntel Core i5
CodenameIvy Bridge
Clock Rate2600 - 3200 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3072 KB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)35 Watt
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Max. Temperature105 °C
SocketFCPGA988
FeaturesHD Graphics 4000 (650-1150MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1100 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x
Starting Price $225 U.S.
Announcement Date01/01/2013
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 3230M

CPU Benchmarks

Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 105     avg: 105 (33.33%)     max: 105 Points
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 258     avg: 258 (16.51%)     max: 258 Points
3DMark (2013): Fire Strike Standard Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2035     avg: 3522.2 (20.46%)     max: 4180 Points
3DMark (2013): Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1551     avg: 2681 (23.44%)     max: 2960 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 13597     avg: 29678.4 (54.82%)     max: 36500 Points
TrueCrypt: Serpent Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.15     avg: 0.2 (7.86%)     max: 0.156 GB/s
TrueCrypt: Twofish Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.261     avg: 0.3 (14.84%)     max: 0.267 GB/s
TrueCrypt: AES Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 1.5     avg: 1.5 (16.76%)     max: 1.5 GB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 2
0% 100%
min: 5.9     avg: 11.5 (11.54%)     max: 17.148 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 1
0% 100%
min: 30.92     avg: 60.8 (30.89%)     max: 92.265 fps
WinRAR: Result
0% 100%
min: 3219     avg: 3219 (44.27%)     max: 3219 KB/s
wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 517.184     avg: 548.9 (94.97%)     max: 566.592 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 16.407     avg: 17.5 (97.37%)     max: 17.9 seconds*
3DMark 11: Performance Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1694     avg: 3178.4 (24.05%)     max: 3731 points
3DMark Vantage: P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 9458     avg: 9887.5 (24.73%)     max: 10237 Points
3DMark 06 - CPU:
0% 100%
min: 3520     avg: 3702.9 (40.5%)     max: 3787 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Single 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 1.22     avg: 1.3 (67.05%)     max: 1.33 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 2.85     avg: 3 (15.72%)     max: 3.01 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 4544     avg: 5167.1 (20.77%)     max: 5573 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 9769     avg: 10806.6 (28.42%)     max: 11403 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4117     avg: 4254.1 (63.09%)     max: 4372 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 8888     avg: 9122.9 (26.23%)     max: 9251 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 12     avg: 12.3 (99.28%)     max: 13.063 Seconds*
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M:
0% 100%
min: 27     avg: 28.5 (99.67%)     max: 29.017 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 630     avg: 661.9 (97.11%)     max: 675 Seconds*
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS):
0% 100%
min: 50319     avg: 53262.7 (25.27%)     max: 59150 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS):
0% 100%
min: 36730     avg: 37802.7 (29%)     max: 38339 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index: Processor
0% 100%
min: 7.1     avg: 7.1 (88.89%)     max: 7.1 points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
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Acer Aspire V3-571G-53238G1TMakk (NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, 15.6")
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Acer Aspire V3-571G-53238G75 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, 15.6")
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Asus N56VV-S4013H (NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 15.6")
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Asus Q500A-BHI7T05 (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
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Asus R500VD-SX649H (NVIDIA GeForce 610M, 15.6")
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Asus X550VB-XO003D (NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 15.6")
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Asus X550VB-XX047H (NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 15.6")
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Asus X75VC-TY035H (NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 17.3")
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Fujitsu Lifebook A532-0M45A1DE (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
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Fujitsu Lifebook E743-0M55A1DE (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 14")
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Fujitsu Lifebook E753 (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
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Gigabyte U2442D-CF1 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, 14.0")
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Gigabyte U2442T-CF1 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, 14.0")
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HP Pavilion g6-2311sg (AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 15.6")
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HP Pavilion g6-2330sw (AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 15.6")
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HP Pavilion m4-1003tx (NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, 14.0")
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HP ProBook 450-H0U97EA (AMD Radeon HD 8750M, 15.6")
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HP ProBook 470 G0-H0V07EA (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 17.3")
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HP ProBook 4740s-H5K38EA (AMD Radeon HD 7650M, 17.3")
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Lenovo G580-59367555 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M, 15.6")
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Lenovo G700-59-377124 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 17.3")
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Lenovo IdeaPad P580-59370041 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 15.6")
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Lenovo IdeaPad Y580-59-377745 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M, 15.6")
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Lenovo Ideapad Z500A (NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 15.6")
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Lenovo IdeaPad Z400-59362575 (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 14.0")
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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 14")
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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531-68853SG (NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 15.6")
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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531-N4I29GE (NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 15.6")
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Lenovo ThinkPad L530-N2S4YPB (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
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MSI GE60-i560M247 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M, 15.6")
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Samsung 300E5E-A05CA (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 15.6")
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Samsung 770Z5E-S01P (AMD Radeon HD 8850M, 15.6")
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Samsung ATIV 270E5E-X01PL (NVIDIA GeForce 710M, 15.6")
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Samsung ATIV 450R4E-X02PL (NVIDIA GeForce 710M, 14.0")
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Samsung ATIV 670Z5E-X01DE (AMD Radeon HD 8850M, 15.6")
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Samsung ATIV 670Z5E-X01PL (AMD Radeon HD 8550M, 15.6")
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Toshiba Satellite C50-A-K9K (NVIDIA GeForce 710M, 15.6")
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Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, 15.6")
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Toshiba Satellite C855-2J4 (AMD Radeon HD 7610M, 15.6")
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Toshiba Satellite L855-15U (AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 15.6")
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Toshiba Tecra R940-1JG (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 14.0")
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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i5

» Intel Core i5 4340M
   2.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4210H
   2.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4330M
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4200H
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4308U
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4310M
   2.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4400E
   2.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4300M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4210M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4288U
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4278U
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3380M
   2.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3360M
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4200M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3340M
   2.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3320M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4258U
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3230M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3210M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2540M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4310U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4360U
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4300U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4350U
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2520M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2450M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 580M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2435M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2430M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2415M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2410M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3437U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 560M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4210U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4260U
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3427U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4402E
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4200U
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4250U
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 480M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 540M
   2.53 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 460M
   2.53 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3337U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 520M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 450M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3317U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 430M
   2.26 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4300Y
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4302Y
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2557M
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3439Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4202Y
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4220Y
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4210Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2467M
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3339Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4200Y
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2537M
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 560UM
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 470UM
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 540UM
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 520UM
   1.06 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 430UM
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i5 3320M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i5 4258U
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i7 840QM
   1.86 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i5 3230M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
+ AMD A-Series (Desktop) AMD A8-5600K
   3.6 GHz / 4096 KB
+ Intel Core i7 2620M
   2.7 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4600U
   2.1 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4650U
   1.7 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
+ Intel Core i7 3687U
   2.1 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2012-11-30)