Real World Speed
Performance profile from 61,311 user samples
61,311 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 58% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 30% Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 30% Great: 58%
SPEED RANK: 819th / 1426
Gaming 49%
Desktop 55%
Workstation 34%
Sail boat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
48.7 % 106 % Hugely faster effective speed.
Avg. Memory Latency
70.6 Pts 82.6 Pts Lower memory latency.
Avg. Single Core Speed
64.7 Pts 186 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
Avg. Dual Core Speed
111 Pts 363 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
Avg. Quad Core Speed
156 Pts 694 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
Avg. Octa Core Speed
164 Pts 1166 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
OC Memory Latency
85.4 Pts 91.9 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
OC Single Core Speed
80.6 Pts 196 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
OC Dual Core Speed
138 Pts 385 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
OC Quad Core Speed
198 Pts 746 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
OC Octa Core Speed
199 Pts 1,251 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
Market Share
Based on 66,147,410 CPUs tested
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 96.6 % Much more popular.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.09 % 0.92 % Hugely higher market share.
Price (score)
$100 Hugely cheaper.
224 USD
Value For Money
64.5 % 116 % Hugely better value.
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
35 Watts Hugely more energy efficient.
90.9 Watts
CPU Processing Cores
2 cores 10.2 cores Hugely higher core count.
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 16.4 threads Hugely higher thread count.
Manufacturing process
22 nm 9.33 nm Hugely newer manufacturing.
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
2.6 GHz 3.24 GHz Faster base frequency.
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.2 GHz 4.79 GHz Much faster turbo frequency.
OC Multi Core Speed
199 Pts 1,961 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
Avg. Multi Core Speed
164 Pts 1,849 Pts Insanely faster 64-core speed.
131 Months 24.6 Months Hugely more recent.
CPU Architecture
Ivy Bridge   —
Motherboard Socket
FCBGA1023   —
Integrated Graphics
HD 4000   —

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]


Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) December 2023 CPU Rankings

We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical 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]


Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
How Fast Is Your CPU? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchmark
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency
  • - SkillBench (space shooter) tests user input accuracy
  • - Reports are generated and presented on
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC
  • - See speed test results from other users
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
Intel Core i5-13600K $270Nvidia RTX 4060 $295Crucial MX500 250GB $30
Intel Core i5-12400F $146Nvidia RTX 4060-Ti $360Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $80
Intel Core i5-12600K $189Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $340Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $49
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $40Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $42SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $30Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $43SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $50G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $357SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
Today's hottest deals
About  •  User Guide  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer  •  YouTube Feedback