Average Bench: 41.5% (452nd of 1104)

Based on 17,927 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306A9, , 0FABFBFF000306A9, 1FABFBFF000306A9 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz

The Intel Core i5-3230M is a dual-core four thread mobile processor based on the 3rd generation Ivy Bridge architecture. It was launched in Q1 2013 and, for a mobile processor, scores a reasonable effective speedscore of 66: the base clock speed is 2.6 GHz which can reach 3.2 GHz under turbo boost. The i5-3230M features Intel HD Graphics 4000, so both the GPU and CPU are improvement over the comparable i5 Sandy Bridge processors. The i5-3230M is absolutely fine for casual usage, however, like most laptop processors, would struggle with CPU intensive tasks such as CAD and video encoding. Additionally the IGP is unsuitable for the graphics requirements of modern 3D games. Despite having a respectable TDP of 35W this is halved in more recent processors such as the i5-3317U which leads to more battery life. [Nov '14 CPUPro]

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Below average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3230M averaged 58.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Single Core Floating Point Speed 75.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 74.3Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is 20.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-3230M performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 192Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 194Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 17,927 samples)
Min Avg Max
31.8 SC Int 72.8 85.2
33.8 SC Float 75.6 87.8
32.8 SC Mixed 74.3 86.4
59.4% 74.2 Pts
Min Avg Max
109 QC Int 184 209
120 QC Float 186 210
123 QC Mixed 188 213
42.1% 186 Pts
Min Avg Max
137 MC Int 191 211
137 MC Float 192 212
140 MC Mixed 194 214
28.8% 192 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Onboard, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 83
SC Float 85.5
SC Mixed 84.7
68% 84.4 Pts
QC Int 206
QC Float 206
QC Mixed 212
47% 208 Pts
MC Int 208
MC Float 209
MC Mixed 211
31% 210 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz
SC Int 82.2
SC Float 83.5
SC Mixed 82.8
66% 82.8 Pts
QC Int 207
QC Float 207
QC Mixed 210
47% 208 Pts
MC Int 208
MC Float 209
MC Mixed 211
31% 209 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 62.8
SC Float 62.1
SC Mixed 65.3
51% 63.4 Pts
QC Int 168
QC Float 161
QC Mixed 162
37% 164 Pts
MC Int 164
MC Float 162
MC Mixed 168
25% 165 Pts
CPU Socket - U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz
SC Int 27.4
SC Float 29.1
SC Mixed 29.8
23% 28.8 Pts
QC Int 64.5
QC Float 78.2
QC Mixed 76.9
17% 73.2 Pts
MC Int 76.1
MC Float 79.8
MC Mixed 78
12% 78 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,858,113 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $225 @ launch in Jan '13
AmazonUS $24716 months
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Typical Core i5-3230M Builds (Compare 6,455 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 44%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard

System: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $342

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-3230M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz) BGA
Code NameIvy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'13
Processor Numberi5-3230M
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache3 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsAVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$225.00
Clock Speed2.6 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.2 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP35 W

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4000
Graphics Base Frequency650 MHz
Graphics OutputeDP/DP/HDMI/SDVO/CRT
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.1 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express Configurations1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes1

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes
My WiFi TechYes
4G WiMAX Wireless TechYes

Package

Package Size31mm x 24mm (BGA1023)
Graphics and IMC Lithography22 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCBGA1023

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo
Anti-Theft TechYes

 Comments

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor...

Added 3 years ago.

Excellent

10 months ago.

Great processor for the money. Toller Prozessor für das Geld.


Excellent

7 months ago.

for a 2k12 unit it is good for lap....


Good

3 months ago.

can run most modern games at low to mid setting even in 2017!


Excellent

8 days ago.

It is good


Poor

3 years ago.


Terrible

7 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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