Intel Core i5-3210M vs Intel Core i5-3230M

Intel Core i5-3210M

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The Intel Core i5-3210M 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 2.5 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.1 GHz (for 1 active core). Turbo-clocks are not confirmed yet. 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 i5-3210M 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 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

Just like most other Ivy Bridge dual-cores, the i5-3210M is rated at a TDP of 35 W. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i5.

Intel Core i5-3230M

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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.

Intel Core i5-3210MIntel Core i5-3230M
Intel Core i5Intel Core i5
Ivy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i5 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i5-3380M (compare)2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3360M (compare)2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3340M (compare)2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3320M (compare)2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3230M2600 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-3210M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3437U (compare)1900 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3427U (compare)1800 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3337U (compare)1800 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3317U (compare)1700 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3439Y (compare)1500 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3339Y (compare)1500 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3380M (compare)2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3360M (compare)2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3340M (compare)2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3320M (compare)2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-3230M2600 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3210M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3437U (compare)1900 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3427U (compare)1800 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3337U (compare)1800 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3317U (compare)1700 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3439Y (compare)1500 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3339Y (compare)1500 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
2500 - 3100 MHz2600 - 3200 MHz
128 KB128 KB
512 KB512 KB
3 MB3 MB
2 / 42 / 4
35 35
22 22
105 °C105 °C
FCPGA988FCPGA988
HD Graphics 4000 (650-1100MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000 (650-1150MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1100 MHz)
$225 U.S.$225 U.S.
Intel Core i5 3210MIntel Core i5 3230M

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
258 Points (6%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
105 Points (48%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
2.9 Points (7%)
min: 2     avg: 3     median: 2 (5%)     max: 3 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 0     avg: 1.2     median: 1 (50%)     max: 1 Points
1.3 Points (64%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3826     avg: 4163     median: 4168 (43%)     max: 4287 Points
min: 4117     avg: 4254.1     median: 4268 (44%)     max: 4372 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 8605     avg: 8899.5     median: 8936 (14%)     max: 9046 Points
min: 8888     avg: 9122.9     median: 9159 (14%)     max: 9251 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 8914     avg: 10833.5     median: 10977 (14%)     max: 11195 Points
min: 9769     avg: 10806.6     median: 11039 (15%)     max: 11403 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4168     avg: 5215.4     median: 5265 (49%)     max: 5389 Points
min: 4544     avg: 5167.1     median: 5284 (49%)     max: 5573 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 532     avg: 586.2     median: 578 (7%)     max: 754 seconds
min: 517     avg: 548.9     median: 556 (7%)     max: 566 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 16     avg: 19.2     median: 18 (4%)     max: 32 seconds
min: 16     avg: 17.5     median: 17 (3%)     max: 17 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2301     avg: 2453.2     median: 2486 (29%)     max: 2544 KB/s
3219 KB/s (38%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
16.4 fps (9%)
min: 5     avg: 11.5     median: 11 (6%)     max: 17 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 85     avg: 87     median: 86 (31%)     max: 90 fps
min: 30     avg: 60.8     median: 59 (21%)     max: 92 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (8%)
0.2 GB/s (8%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (8%)
0.3 GB/s (9%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.4 GB/s (7%)
1.5 GB/s (8%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3044     avg: 3523.4     median: 3553 (24%)     max: 3679 Points
min: 3520     avg: 3702.9     median: 3760 (25%)     max: 3787 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.7     median: 12 (3%)     max: 14 Seconds
min: 12     avg: 12.3     median: 12 (3%)     max: 13 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 28     avg: 29.1     median: 29 (1%)     max: 31 Seconds
min: 27     avg: 28.5     median: 29 (1%)     max: 29 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 648     avg: 675.1     median: 673 (3%)     max: 735 Seconds
min: 630     avg: 661.9     median: 671 (3%)     max: 675 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 57     avg: 45908.8     median: 49310 (23%)     max: 57900 MIPS
min: 50319     avg: 53262.7     median: 50319 (24%)     max: 59150 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 36     avg: 32843.3     median: 36410 (28%)     max: 36760 MFLOPS
min: 36730     avg: 37802.7     median: 38339 (29%)     max: 38339 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 6     avg: 7.1     median: 7 (100%)     max: 7 points
7.1 points (101%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 4195     avg: 9352.3     median: 9673 (14%)     max: 10001 Points
min: 9458     avg: 9887.5     median: 9992 (14%)     max: 10237 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 1676     avg: 3612     median: 3651 (19%)     max: 4129 points
min: 1694     avg: 3178.4     median: 3310 (17%)     max: 3731 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 12328     avg: 27989.6     median: 29048 (19%)     max: 35036 Points
min: 13597     avg: 29678.4     median: 32702 (21%)     max: 36500 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2596     avg: 2786.7     median: 2808 (7%)     max: 2888 Points
min: 1551     avg: 2681     median: 2879 (7%)     max: 2960 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3802     avg: 3965.3     median: 3986 (12%)     max: 4136 Points
min: 2035     avg: 3522.2     median: 3818 (12%)     max: 4180 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
5255 Points (42%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
5219 Points (47%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
6294 Points (11%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
5788 Points (10%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
5797 Points (13%)

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