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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

Series: Core i5 Ivy Bridge

Intel Core i5-3380M compare2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3360M compare2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3340M compare2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3320M compare2.6 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3230M « 2.6 - 3.2 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3210M compare2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3437U compare1.9 - 2.9 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3427U compare1.8 - 2.8 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3337U compare1.8 - 2.7 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3317U compare1.7 - 2.6 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3439Y compare1.5 - 2.3 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Intel Core i5-3339Y compare1.5 - 2 GHz2 / 4 cores3 MB L3
Clock Rate2600 - 3200 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
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
Architecturex86
Starting Price$225 U.S.
Announcement Date01/01/2013
Product Link (external)ark.intel.com

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2.85     avg: 3     median: 3 (4%)     max: 3.01 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.22     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (31%)     max: 1.33 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4117     avg: 4254     median: 4268 (26%)     max: 4372 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 8888     avg: 9123     median: 9159 (7%)     max: 9251 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 9769     avg: 10807     median: 11039 (8%)     max: 11403 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4544     avg: 5167     median: 5284 (6%)     max: 5573 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 517     avg: 549     median: 556 (7%)     max: 567 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 16.41     avg: 17.5     median: 17.8 (4%)     max: 17.9 s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 5.9     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (4%)     max: 17.15 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 30.92     avg: 60.8     median: 60 (14%)     max: 92.3 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.15     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (5%)     max: 0.156 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.261     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (5%)     max: 0.267 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3520     avg: 3703     median: 3760 (8%)     max: 3787 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.3     median: 12 (3%)     max: 13.06 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27     avg: 28.5     median: 29 (1%)     max: 29.02 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 630     avg: 662     median: 671.5 (3%)     max: 675 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 50319     avg: 53263     median: 50319 (24%)     max: 59150 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 36730     avg: 37803     median: 38339 (29%)     max: 38339 MFLOPS
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 9458     avg: 9888     median: 9992.5 (9%)     max: 10237 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 1694     avg: 3178     median: 3310 (9%)     max: 3731 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 13597     avg: 29678     median: 32702 (27%)     max: 36500 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 1551     avg: 2681     median: 2879 (7%)     max: 2960 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 2035     avg: 3522     median: 3818 (7%)     max: 4180 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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