Average Bench: 40.7% (492nd of 1143)

Based on 25,329 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: 26%Average: 40.7% Great: 47%
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 46%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard

Below average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3230M averaged 59.3% 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 72.4Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 71.5Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is 20.9%. 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 25,329 samples)
Min Avg Max
31 SC Int 70.2 85
32.5 SC Float 72.4 87.3
32.1 SC Mixed 71.5 86.1
57.1% 71.4 Pts
Min Avg Max
88.4 QC Int 181 210
103 QC Float 183 210
111 QC Mixed 186 214
41.5% 183 Pts
Min Avg Max
129 MC Int 189 212
138 MC Float 190 211
139 MC Mixed 192 214
28.5% 190 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
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)
SC Int 81.2
SC Float 82.9
SC Mixed 83.1
66% 82.4 Pts
QC Int 205
QC Float 209
QC Mixed 206
47% 207 Pts
MC Int 206
MC Float 207
MC Mixed 208
31% 207 Pts
U29, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 32.1
SC Float 32.7
SC Mixed 32.4
26% 32.4 Pts
QC Int 150
QC Float 175
QC Mixed 213
40% 179 Pts
MC Int 204
MC Float 212
MC Mixed 214
31% 210 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 49.5
SC Float 54.1
SC Mixed 50.9
41% 51.5 Pts
QC Int 142
QC Float 148
QC Mixed 146
33% 145 Pts
MC Int 175
MC Float 177
MC Mixed 180
27% 178 Pts
U29, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 36.6
SC Float 33.3
SC Mixed 33.7
28% 34.5 Pts
QC Int 112
QC Float 139
QC Mixed 170
32% 140 Pts
MC Int 211
MC Float 209
MC Mixed 210
32% 210 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 49.1
SC Float 44
SC Mixed 43.8
36% 45.6 Pts
QC Int 96.1
QC Float 105
QC Mixed 106
23% 102 Pts
MC Int 116
MC Float 122
MC Mixed 105
17% 114 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $225 @ launch in Jan '13
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Typical Core i5-3230M Builds (Compare 7,307 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: $310

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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

17 months ago.

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


Terrible

4 months ago.

can bearly run simple games like csgo and smite


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Good

10 months ago.

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


Poor

4 years ago.


Terrible

14 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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