Average Bench: 41.1% (503rd of 1158)

Based on 30,054 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: 25%Average: 41.1% 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 58.9% 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 74.4Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 73Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is 22.1%. 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 190Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 192Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 30,054 samples)
Min Avg Max
32.2 SC Int 72 85.2
35.2 SC Float 74.4 87.6
33.1 SC Mixed 73 86.2
58.5% 73.1 Pts
Min Avg Max
101 QC Int 183 211
109 QC Float 183 210
117 QC Mixed 186 214
41.7% 184 Pts
Min Avg Max
134 MC Int 191 212
128 MC Float 190 211
126 MC Mixed 192 214
28.6% 191 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 80.5
SC Float 82.2
SC Mixed 81.6
65% 81.4 Pts
QC Int 171
QC Float 134
QC Mixed 193
38% 166 Pts
MC Int 194
MC Float 192
MC Mixed 209
30% 198 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 80.9
SC Float 71.1
SC Mixed 81
62% 77.7 Pts
QC Int 181
QC Float 188
QC Mixed 196
43% 188 Pts
MC Int 190
MC Float 185
MC Mixed 181
28% 185 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz
SC Int 83.3
SC Float 85
SC Mixed 85
68% 84.4 Pts
QC Int 181
QC Float 123
QC Mixed 162
35% 156 Pts
MC Int 193
MC Float 202
MC Mixed 200
30% 198 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 70.3
SC Float 71.9
SC Mixed 71.5
57% 71.2 Pts
QC Int 179
QC Float 178
QC Mixed 183
41% 180 Pts
MC Int 184
MC Float 182
MC Mixed 182
27% 182 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.15 GHz (avg)
SC Int 85.6
SC Float 87.5
SC Mixed 86.7
69% 86.6 Pts
QC Int 152
QC Float 154
QC Mixed 156
35% 154 Pts
MC Int 133
MC Float 59.6
MC Mixed 60.7
13% 84.5 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $225 @ launch in Jan '13
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Typical Core i5-3230M Builds (Compare 9,419 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 13%
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Desktop
Desktop 45%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 18%
Surfboard

System: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $309

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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

22 months ago.

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


Terrible

9 months ago.

can bearly run simple games like csgo and smite


Excellent

19 months ago.

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


Poor

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Good

30 days ago.

very good for his age


Excellent

18 days ago.

can handle a handful of awesome games and multitasking


Poor

4 years ago.


Terrible

20 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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