Average Bench: 41.4% (391st of 985)

Based on 16,232 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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Poor: 27%Average: 41.4% Great: 47%
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 47%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 25%
Surfboard

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 74.4Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 73.4Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is 20.5%. 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 16,232 samples)
Min Avg Max
30.5 SC Int 71.6 85.2
32 SC Float 74.4 87.6
31.3 SC Mixed 73.4 86.4
58.5% 73.1 Pts
Min Avg Max
109 QC Int 183 210
121 QC Float 186 210
125 QC Mixed 188 213
42.1% 186 Pts
Min Avg Max
146 MC Int 191 211
144 MC Float 192 212
146 MC Mixed 194 214
28.9% 192 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 83.8
SC Float 85.7
SC Mixed 85.6
68% 85 Pts
QC Int 202
QC Float 201
QC Mixed 205
46% 202 Pts
MC Int 206
MC Float 204
MC Mixed 208
31% 206 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 85
SC Float 86.1
SC Mixed 84.5
68% 85.2 Pts
QC Int 171
QC Float 168
QC Mixed 205
41% 181 Pts
MC Int 202
MC Float 208
MC Mixed 210
31% 207 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 64.5
SC Float 67.7
SC Mixed 66.6
53% 66.3 Pts
QC Int 176
QC Float 179
QC Mixed 191
41% 182 Pts
MC Int 197
MC Float 203
MC Mixed 213
31% 204 Pts
CPU Socket - U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 57.6
SC Float 64.7
SC Mixed 61.6
49% 61.3 Pts
QC Int 178
QC Float 186
QC Mixed 188
42% 184 Pts
MC Int 202
MC Float 200
MC Mixed 204
30% 202 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,451,420 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $225 @ launch in Jan '13
AmazonUS $24713 months
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Typical Core i5-3230M Builds (Compare 5,294 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: 59% - Above average Total price: $335

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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

7 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Good

3 months ago.

good old proccy


Good

8 days ago.

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


Poor

3 years ago.


Good

3 years ago.

Better than expected


Terrible

4 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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