2 Cores, 4 Threads @2.6GHz, Ivy Bridge.
Release date: Q1 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 68,499 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: 832nd / 1439
Gaming 49%
Desktop 55%
Workstation 34%
Sail boat
7,188 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 128% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 103% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 103% Great: 128%
SPEED RANK: 19th / 1439
Gaming 119%
Desktop 119%
Workstation 141%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
48.7 % 119 % Hugely faster effective speed.
Avg. Memory Latency
70.6 Pts 81.2 Pts Lower memory latency.
Avg. Single Core Speed
64.7 Pts 214 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
Avg. Dual Core Speed
111 Pts 424 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
Avg. Quad Core Speed
156 Pts 841 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
Avg. Octa Core Speed
164 Pts 1562 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
OC Memory Latency
85.4 Pts 93.7 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
OC Single Core Speed
80.6 Pts 226 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
OC Dual Core Speed
138 Pts 444 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
OC Quad Core Speed
198 Pts 880 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
OC Octa Core Speed
199 Pts 1732 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
Market Share
Based on 67,331,133 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.06 % 0.07 % Higher market share.
Value For Money
64.5 % 108 % Much better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % +4% 52 %
Price (score)
$100 Much cheaper.
133 Months 22+ Months Hugely more recent.
OC Multi Core Speed
199 Pts 3118 Pts Insanely faster OC 64-core speed.
Avg. Multi Core Speed
164 Pts 2871 Pts Insanely faster 64-core speed.

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]


higher than his performance are just his temps  [Jun '22 Raidon]


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