Real World Speed
Performance profile from 36,332 user samples
36,332 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 46% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 26% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 26% Great: 46%
SPEED RANK: 511th / 1203
Gaming
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 45%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 20%
Surfboard
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
40.4 % 89.7 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+122%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
74.6 Pts 132 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+76%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
128 Pts 260 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
+103%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
189 Pts 504 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
+166%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
193 Pts 812 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+321%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
86.6 Pts 142 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+64%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts 282 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
+82%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
214 Pts 556 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
+160%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
214 Pts 913 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+327%
Market Share
Based on 22,395,743 CPUs tested.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
59 % 161 % Hugely more popular.
+173%
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.18 % 1.57 % Hugely higher market share.
+771%
Price
Price (score)
$207 Cheaper.
+20%
249 USD
Value
Value For Money
43.8 % 95.7 % Hugely better value.
+119%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
35 Watts Hugely more energy efficient.
+133%
81.7 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
2 cores 6.44 cores Hugely higher core count.
+222%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 10.2 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+156%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 12.2 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+80%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
2.6 GHz 3.54 GHz Much faster base frequency.
+36%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.2 GHz 4.48 GHz Much faster turbo frequency.
+40%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
214 Pts 1,095 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+411%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
194 Pts 993 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+412%
Age
Newest
83 Months 12.2 Months Hugely more recent.
+579%
Series
CPU Architecture
Ivy Bridge   —
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCBGA1023   —
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 4000   —
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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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Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) December 2019 CPU Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical gamers and desktop users. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]

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