Average Bench: 41.3% (367th of 959)

Based on 9,449 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: 25%Average: 41.3% Great: 48%
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 47%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 25%
Surfboard

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3230M averaged 58.6% 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 73.7Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is 23%. 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 191Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 193Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,449 samples)
Min Avg Max
31.6 SC Int 72.7 86
32.6 SC Float 74.4 87.7
32 SC Mixed 73.7 86.9
58.9% 73.6 Pts
Min Avg Max
85.5 QC Int 181 210
94.7 QC Float 183 210
91.5 QC Mixed 187 214
41.7% 184 Pts
Min Avg Max
103 MC Int 190 210
105 MC Float 191 211
97.5 MC Mixed 193 215
28.7% 191 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 84.2
SC Float 87.5
SC Mixed 87.8
69% 86.5 Pts
QC Int 208
QC Float 204
QC Mixed 210
47% 207 Pts
MC Int 209
MC Float 210
MC Mixed 212
32% 211 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 82
SC Float 86.9
SC Mixed 79.4
66% 82.8 Pts
QC Int 197
QC Float 198
QC Mixed 187
44% 194 Pts
MC Int 185
MC Float 206
MC Mixed 213
30% 202 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 41.1
SC Float 37.6
SC Mixed 29.9
29% 36.2 Pts
QC Int 80.1
QC Float 78.6
QC Mixed 90.5
19% 83.1 Pts
MC Int 122
MC Float 122
MC Mixed 121
18% 122 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz
SC Int 22.9
SC Float 23.9
SC Mixed 21.5
18% 22.8 Pts
QC Int 53.8
QC Float 52
QC Mixed 50.9
12% 52.2 Pts
MC Int 70.5
MC Float 82
MC Mixed 73.2
11% 75.2 Pts
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Gaming
Gaming 13%
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Desktop
Desktop 45%
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Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard

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EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $349

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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...

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Poor

2 years ago.


Good

25 days ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

Better than expected


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