Average Bench: 54.8% (662nd of 1355)

Based on 57,458 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]

Poor: 42%Average: 54.8% Great: 63%
Gaming
Gaming 55%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3230M averaged 45.2% 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 76.5Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 74.1Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is 21.4%. 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 197Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 196Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 57,458 samples)
Min Avg Max
56.9 Memory 76.5 90.5
32.6 1-Core 74.1 87.5
67.3 2-Core 128 155
58% 92.9 Pts
Min Avg Max
94.5 4-Core 193 221
117 8-Core 196 221
26.5% 194 Pts
Min Avg Max
113 64-Core 197 223
13.2% 197 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 72
1-Core 87.6
2-Core 157
63% 105 Pts
4-Core 221
8-Core 220
30% 220 Pts
64-Core 214
14% 214 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 1.95 GHz (avg)
Memory 67.5
1-Core 31.6
2-Core 58.4
37% 52.5 Pts
4-Core 86.7
8-Core 121
13% 104 Pts
64-Core 117
8% 117 Pts
57,458 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 52,848,180 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $225 @ launch in Jan '13
AmazonUS $1004 mins
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Typical Core i5-3230M Builds (Compare 2,488 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 2%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 53%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

System: HP ProBook 4540s

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $130

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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 7 years ago.

Excellent

9 months ago.

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


Terrible

3 years ago.

can bearly run simple games like csgo and smite


Excellent

3 months ago.

My PC has this processor and this processor nailed it with a 4 GB DDR3 ram..... it runs basic takes and processes efficiently and moreover this processor is budget friendly.... I'll definitely recommend this processor for basic tasks and GAMING (only with 8 GB Ram).... this processor is a all in one combo for Official, Home and Gaming use..... Thanks \..... If you have any question over this processor feel free to contact me on | shubhamgond803@gmail.com | Thank You For Reading


Excellent

19 months ago.

One needs to know how to set up feasable realms in order to play todays games,then again this is a serious workstation processor with the most viable diverse operating system support,which more than counters the few odd arguments that this can't play some overhyped incorrect crap game, if you know your equipment it ought run everything seamless,not excuses! This dx 12 support and array of other niceties makes the platform =versatile even heading to 2021 that is if you know what your doing with your system.


Good

23 months ago.

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


Good

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

can handle a handful of awesome games and multitasking


Poor

7 years ago.


Terrible

4 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

2 years ago.

Older but performs well.


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