Average Bench: 40.4% (522nd of 1173)

Based on 33,001 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: 24%Average: 40.4% Great: 47%
Gaming
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 46%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3230M averaged 59.5% 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 73.7Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 72.2Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is 23.7%. 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 186Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 188Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 33,001 samples)
Min Avg Max
31.6 SC Int 71.4 85.1
32.7 SC Float 73.7 87.5
32 SC Mixed 72.2 86.3
58% 72.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
87.6 QC Int 179 211
88.8 QC Float 181 210
91.1 QC Mixed 183 214
41.1% 181 Pts
Min Avg Max
93.2 MC Int 186 212
93.2 MC Float 186 211
92.4 MC Mixed 188 214
28% 187 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 80.9
SC Float 83.4
SC Mixed 81.9
66% 82.1 Pts
QC Int 209
QC Float 206
QC Mixed 211
47% 209 Pts
MC Int 208
MC Float 207
MC Mixed 211
31% 208 Pts
Socket rPGA988B, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 75
SC Float 78.7
SC Mixed 77.7
62% 77.1 Pts
QC Int 211
QC Float 210
QC Mixed 213
48% 211 Pts
MC Int 209
MC Float 208
MC Mixed 213
32% 210 Pts
Socket rPGA988B, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 69.4
SC Float 79.1
SC Mixed 74.7
60% 74.4 Pts
QC Int 210
QC Float 207
QC Mixed 206
47% 207 Pts
MC Int 208
MC Float 211
MC Mixed 214
32% 211 Pts
CPU Socket - U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 1.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 31.2
SC Float 32.6
SC Mixed 31.8
26% 31.9 Pts
QC Int 78.7
QC Float 80.8
QC Mixed 79.4
18% 79.6 Pts
MC Int 76.4
MC Float 80
MC Mixed 81.1
12% 79.2 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,587,221 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $225 @ launch in Jan '13
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Typical Core i5-3230M Builds (Compare 10,089 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 45%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard

System: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $321

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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...

Added 4 years ago.

Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Terrible

11 months ago.

can bearly run simple games like csgo and smite


Excellent

21 months ago.

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


Poor

4 months ago.

can run most modern games at low to mid setting even in 2017!


Excellent

3 months ago.

Compared with most core i5 notebook processors, untill 7th generation, it still pretty good in speed.


Excellent

2 months ago.

can handle a handful of awesome games and multitasking


Poor

4 years ago.


Terrible

22 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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