Average Bench: 56.3% (545th of 1241)

Based on 43,794 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: 44%Average: 56.3% Great: 63%
Gaming
Gaming 56%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski

Average average bench

The Intel Core i5-3230M averaged 43.6% 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 81.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 72.6Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-3230M is just 18.8%. 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 188Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 187Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 43,794 samples)
Min Avg Max
64.4 Memory 81.2 90.9
34 1-Core 72.6 86.4
62.3 2-Core 123 152
58.6% 92.3 Pts
Min Avg Max
104 4-Core 184 214
112 8-Core 187 214
25.2% 185 Pts
Min Avg Max
114 64-Core 188 214
12.6% 188 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
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)
Memory 86.9
1-Core 86.8
2-Core 145
66% 106 Pts
4-Core 208
8-Core 213
29% 211 Pts
64-Core 212
14% 212 Pts
CPU Socket - U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.3
1-Core 58.5
2-Core 108
53% 82.1 Pts
4-Core 168
8-Core 191
24% 180 Pts
64-Core 199
13% 199 Pts
N/A, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.7
1-Core 59.4
2-Core 100
51% 78.7 Pts
4-Core 135
8-Core 159
20% 147 Pts
64-Core 147
10% 147 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.4
1-Core 56.6
2-Core 95.1
52% 77.7 Pts
4-Core 87.2
8-Core 132
14% 109 Pts
64-Core 130
9% 130 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 1.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 52.7
1-Core 43.9
2-Core 80.1
37% 58.9 Pts
4-Core 69
8-Core 51.2
9% 60.1 Pts
64-Core 81
5% 81 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 28,736,021 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $225 @ launch in Jan '13
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Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 56%
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Workstation
Workstation 22%
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System: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 50% - Average Total price: $175

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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.

Excellent

8 months ago.

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


Terrible

22 months ago.

can bearly run simple games like csgo and smite


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Poor

15 months ago.

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


Excellent

14 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 months ago.

can handle a handful of awesome games and multitasking


Poor

5 years ago.


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

4 months ago.

Older but performs well.


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