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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 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3360M compare2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3340M compare2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3320M compare2.6 - 3.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-3230M2.6 - 3.2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3210M compare2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3437U compare1.9 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3427U compare1.8 - 2.8 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3337U compare1.8 - 2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3317U compare1.7 - 2.6 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3439Y compare1.5 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-3339Y compare1.5 - 2 GHz2 / 43 MB
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)Intel Core i5 3230M

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2.85     avg: 3     median: 3 (6%)     max: 3.01 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.22     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (40%)     max: 1.33 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4117     avg: 4254     median: 4268 (38%)     max: 4372 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 8888     avg: 9123     median: 9159 (15%)     max: 9251 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 9769     avg: 10807     median: 11039 (11%)     max: 11403 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4544     avg: 5167     median: 5284 (40%)     max: 5573 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 517.184     avg: 549     median: 556 (7%)     max: 566.592 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 16.407     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 (5%)     max: 17.148 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 30.92     avg: 60.8     median: 60 (18%)     max: 92.265 fps
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3520     avg: 3703     median: 3760 (21%)     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: 13.063 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27     avg: 28.5     median: 29 (1%)     max: 29.017 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 630     avg: 662     median: 671.3 (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 (12%)     max: 10237 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 1694     avg: 3178     median: 3310 (14%)     max: 3731 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 (10%)     max: 4180 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Other CPUs of the series Core i5

» Intel Core i5-8305G
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8365U
   4x 1.6 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8265U
   4x 1.6 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6440HQ
   4x 2.6 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6350HQ
   4x 2.3 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6300HQ
   4x 2.3 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-5350H
   2x 3 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6287U
   2x 3.1 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4340M
   2x 2.9 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-5287U
   2x 2.9 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6267U
   2x 2.9 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4210H
   2x 2.9 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4330M
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4200H
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-5257U
   2x 2.7 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4308U
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4310M
   2x 2.7 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4400E
   2x 2.7 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4300M
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6360U
   2x 2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4210M
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6300U
   2x 2.4 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4288U
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4278U
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3380M
   2x 2.9 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3360M
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4200M
   2x 2.5 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3340M
   2x 2.7 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6260U
   2x 1.8 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3320M
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4258U
   2x 2.4 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3230M
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6198DU
   2x 2.3 GHz - 2.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-6200U
   2x 2.3 GHz - 2.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-5300U
   2x 2.3 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-5350U
   2x 1.8 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3210M
   2x 2.5 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2540M
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8210Y
   2x 1.6 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8200Y
   2x 1.3 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4310U
   2x 2 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4360U
   2x 1.5 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-5200U
   2x 2.2 GHz - 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-5250U
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4300U
   2x 1.9 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4350U
   2x 1.4 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2520M
   2x 2.5 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2450M
   2x 2.5 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-580M
   2x 2.67 GHz - 3.33 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2435M
   2x 2.4 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2430M
   2x 2.4 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2415M
   2x 2.3 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2410M
   2x 2.3 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3437U
   2x 1.9 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-560M
   2x 2.67 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4210U
   2x 1.7 GHz - 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4260U
   2x 1.4 GHz - 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3427U
   2x 1.8 GHz - 2.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4402E
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4200U
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4250U
   2x 1.3 GHz - 2.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-480M
   2x 2.67 GHz - 2.93 GHz
» Intel Core i5-540M
   2x 2.53 GHz - 3.07 GHz
» Intel Core i5-460M
   2x 2.53 GHz - 2.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3337U
   2x 1.8 GHz - 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-520M
   2x 2.4 GHz - 2.93 GHz
» Intel Core i5-450M
   2x 2.4 GHz - 2.66 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3317U
   2x 1.7 GHz - 2.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-430M
   2x 2.26 GHz - 2.53 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4300Y
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4302Y
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2557M
   2x 1.7 GHz - 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3439Y
   2x 1.5 GHz - 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4202Y
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4220Y
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4210Y
   2x 1.5 GHz - 1.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2467M
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3339Y
   2x 1.5 GHz - 2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-4200Y
   2x 1.4 GHz - 1.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-2537M
   2x 1.4 GHz - 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-560UM
   2x 1.33 GHz - 2.13 GHz
» Intel Core i5-470UM
   2x 1.33 GHz - 1.87 GHz
» Intel Core i5-540UM
   2x 1.2 GHz - 2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-520UM
   2x 1.06 GHz - 1.87 GHz
» Intel Core i5-430UM
   2x 1.2 GHz - 1.73 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i7-5550U
   2x 2 GHz - 3 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-6260U
   2x 1.8 GHz - 2.9 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-3320M
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.3 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-4258U
   2x 2.4 GHz - 2.9 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-840QM
   4x 1.86 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-3230M
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.2 GHz
- Intel Core i7-10510Y
   4x 1.2 GHz - 4.5 GHz
- Intel Core i7-2620M
   2x 2.7 GHz - 3.4 GHz
- Intel Core i7-4600U
   2x 2.1 GHz - 3.3 GHz
- Intel Core i7-4650U
   2x 1.7 GHz - 3.3 GHz
- Intel Core i3-7167U
   2x 2.8 GHz
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