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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 (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 i5-3210M (compare)2500 - 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
Clock Rate2600 - 3200 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB
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
Starting Price$225 U.S.
Announcement Date01/01/2013
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 3230M

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 2.85     avg: 3     median: 3 (12%)     max: 3.01 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.22     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (53%)     max: 1.33 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4117     avg: 4254.1     median: 4268 (51%)     max: 4372 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 8888     avg: 9122.9     median: 9159 (18%)     max: 9251 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 9769     avg: 10806.6     median: 11039 (16%)     max: 11403 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4544     avg: 5167.1     median: 5284 (58%)     max: 5573 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 517.184     avg: 548.9     median: 556 (7%)     max: 566.592 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 16.407     avg: 17.5     median: 17.8 (4%)     max: 17.9 seconds
WinRAR - Result
3219 KB/s (38%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 5.9     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (9%)     max: 17.148 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 30.92     avg: 60.8     median: 60 (26%)     max: 92.265 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.15     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.156 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.261     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.267 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.5 GB/s (8%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3520     avg: 3702.9     median: 3760 (30%)     max: 3787 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.3     median: 12 (3%)     max: 13.063 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27     avg: 28.5     median: 29 (1%)     max: 29.017 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 630     avg: 661.9     median: 671.3 (3%)     max: 675 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 50319     avg: 53262.7     median: 50319 (24%)     max: 59150 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 36730     avg: 37802.7     median: 38339 (29%)     max: 38339 MFLOPS
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 9458     avg: 9887.5     median: 9992.5 (17%)     max: 10237 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 1694     avg: 3178.4     median: 3310 (19%)     max: 3731 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 13597     avg: 29678.4     median: 32702 (21%)     max: 36500 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 1551     avg: 2681     median: 2879 (7%)     max: 2960 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 2035     avg: 3522.2     median: 3818 (15%)     max: 4180 Points
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