Intel Core i5 3230M BGA1023 

Released January, 2013
  • 2.6 GHz
  • Dual core

Based on the Ivy Bridge model, the Intel Core i5-3230M is a fast and reliable notebook processor. It is a dual-core processor, with each core peaking at a base speed of 2.6GHz, with the option of being overclocked to 3.0GHz. Also, the cores can handle up to four simultaneous threads, which improves the performance and resource-utilisation of the CPU. The 3230M also features HD Graphics 4000, which is clocked at 650MHz with the possibility to go up to 1150 with Turbo Boost, making respectably fast. It is a reliable piece of technology that is fitting for any gamer who wants to play from their laptop. Gamers can expect good performance from this CPU and will be rewarded with equally good gameplay. 

Explore 3 laptops with the Intel Core i5 3230M

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i5 3230M

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3230M
11.44 mHash/s
A8 5550M
39.35 mHash/s
A8 4500M
36.54 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i5 3230M
3.27 mPixels/s
A8 4500M
4.17 mPixels/s
A8 5550M
3.83 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3230M
-1 fps
A8 5550M
0.41 fps
A8 4500M
0.38 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3230M
A8 5550M
A8 4500M

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3230M
A8 4500M
A8 5550M

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3230M
2,140 MB/s
A8 5550M
1,680,000 MB/s
A8 4500M
1,420,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 3230M
A8 4500M
A8 5550M

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 3230M
A8 4500M
A8 5550M

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core
Socket type BGA 1023
Is unlocked No


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. AES
  3. SSE
  4. SSE2
  5. SSE4.1
  6. SSE3
  7. Supplemental SSE3
  8. SSE4.2
  9. AVX
  10. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 3.2 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W


Architecture DMI
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s


Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 26
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C


Overclocked clock speed 3.02 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.6 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,127.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.02 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB
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Showing 4 comments.
Sadly no you cant. Its embeded in the motherboard.
I have an Acer travelmate P243-M-53234G50Makk laptop with intel i53230m CPU@2.60GHz processor having 4GB RAM with Intel HD Graphics 4000. Can i upgrade my Graphics card..??
i typically get about 45 fames im using a sandisk 256gb ssd and 8gb crucial ram @1600mhz
this processor is perfect for running game emulators especially when it's paired with a good ssd and the right ram. 1600mhz would be my choice at 8gb you'll have .75's worth gb of decent dedicated memory. just right for a screen at 1366p. ps2 emulator can max out on my samsung laptop @1366p i run vsync too.
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