Average Bench: 55.5% (568th of 1265)

Based on 47,201 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]

Average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3230M averaged 44.4% 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

Avg. Memory Latency 79.3Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 73.4Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is 20.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-3230M performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 190Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 189Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 47,201 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.9 Memory 79.3 91
32.3 1-Core 73.4 86.7
60.8 2-Core 125 154
58.4% 92.6 Pts
Min Avg Max
112 4-Core 186 214
123 8-Core 189 214
25.6% 188 Pts
Min Avg Max
117 64-Core 190 214
12.8% 190 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.1
1-Core 82.3
2-Core 144
62% 101 Pts
4-Core 210
8-Core 211
29% 210 Pts
64-Core 209
14% 209 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 81
1-Core 69.5
2-Core 124
58% 91.6 Pts
4-Core 177
8-Core 174
24% 175 Pts
64-Core 173
12% 173 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.3
1-Core 61.4
2-Core 123
54% 86.5 Pts
4-Core 207
8-Core 195
28% 201 Pts
64-Core 162
11% 162 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 65.5
1-Core 64
2-Core 119
51% 83 Pts
4-Core 187
8-Core 176
25% 181 Pts
64-Core 180
12% 180 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 33,602,844 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $225 @ launch in Jan '13
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop 54%
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Workstation 2%
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System: HP ProBook 4540s

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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 5 years ago.

Good

3 months ago.

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


Terrible

2 years ago.

can bearly run simple games like csgo and smite


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Good

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

18 months ago.

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


Excellent

17 months ago.

can handle a handful of awesome games and multitasking


Poor

5 years ago.


Terrible

3 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

8 months ago.

Older but performs well.


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