Average Bench: 41.3% (390th of 980)

Based on 14,586 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: 22%Average: 41.3% Great: 47%
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 47%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3230M averaged 58.7% 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 75.1Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 73.9Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is 25%. 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 14,586 samples)
Min Avg Max
30.9 SC Int 72.5 85.3
32.2 SC Float 75.1 87.8
31.3 SC Mixed 73.9 86.4
59% 73.8 Pts
Min Avg Max
83.4 QC Int 182 210
92.2 QC Float 185 210
100 QC Mixed 187 213
41.8% 185 Pts
Min Avg Max
112 MC Int 190 211
105 MC Float 191 212
105 MC Mixed 193 214
28.7% 191 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU Socket - U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz
SC Int 85
SC Float 87.6
SC Mixed 85.7
69% 86.1 Pts
QC Int 209
QC Float 208
QC Mixed 212
48% 210 Pts
MC Int 212
MC Float 212
MC Mixed 215
32% 213 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 80.5
SC Float 83.8
SC Mixed 81.1
65% 81.8 Pts
QC Int 206
QC Float 206
QC Mixed 206
47% 206 Pts
MC Int 198
MC Float 207
MC Mixed 206
30% 204 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 78.1
SC Float 82.2
SC Mixed 80
64% 80.1 Pts
QC Int 183
QC Float 193
QC Mixed 191
43% 189 Pts
MC Int 187
MC Float 189
MC Mixed 191
28% 189 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz
SC Int 35.4
SC Float 42.6
SC Mixed 32.2
29% 36.7 Pts
QC Int 144
QC Float 169
QC Mixed 208
39% 174 Pts
MC Int 209
MC Float 208
MC Mixed 214
32% 211 Pts
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Typical Core i5-3230M Builds (Compare 4,260 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: $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...

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Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Good

27 days ago.

good old proccy


Poor

3 years ago.


Good

2 years ago.

Better than expected


Terrible

2 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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