Intel Core i5 3230M BGA1023 

Released January, 2013
  • 2.6 GHz
  • Dual core
4.1 Out of 10

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. 

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CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i5 3230M among laptop CPUs (over 15W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i5 3230M
6.5
A8 4500M
5.3
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i5 3230M
6.9
A8 4500M
5.5
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i5 3230M
n.d.
A8 4500M
4.9
Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i5 3230M
3.9
A8 4500M
5.6
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i5 3230M
5.3
A8 4500M
5.3
Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i5 3230M
n.d.
A8 4500M
7.1
Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

4.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i5 3230M
4.1
A8 4500M
4.7

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 4500M
36.54 mHash/s
Core i5 3210M
6.22 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i5 3230M
3.27 mPixels/s
A8 4500M
4.17 mPixels/s
Core i5 3210M
2.99 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3230M
-1 fps
Core i5 3210M
0.97 fps
A8 4500M
0.38 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3230M
5,302
A8 4500M
3,234

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3230M
2,569
A8 4500M
1,223

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3230M
2,140 MB/s
Core i5 3210M
2,090,000 MB/s
A8 4500M
1,420,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 3230M
3,989
A8 4500M
2,657

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 3230M
1,583
A8 4500M
848

In The News From around the web

9
Apr

Intel’s erratic Core M performance leaves an opening for AMD

by Joel Hruska |
www.extremetech.com
Instead of absolutely guaranteeing that a chip will reach a certain speed at a given temperature or power consumption level, simply establish that frequency range as a “maybe” and push the issue off on OEMs or enthusiasts to deal with.
In several cases, the gaps in both CPU and GPU workloads are quite significant — and favor the slower processor.
Though not a performance powerhouse, I think the first taste of Broadwell is delectable and provides vendors with an amazing option that balances the performance of Haswell with the power efficiency of Bay Trail and the Atom lineup.
Newly branded as the Core M line, Broadwell-Y is meant to target the market looking for similar performance of today's ultra-low voltage Haswell processors but with longer battery life and more efficient designs.
3
Nov

More Intel Core M Coming Q4

by Ian Cutress |
www.anandtech.com
All new CPUs are slated for a Q4 launch, which would mean that they might become available for end users in products on the shelf sometime in Q1 2015.
These initial CPUs should be properly available to the public in Q4 in devices such as the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro using the Core M-5Y70.
The fact that Chrome runs poorly — markedly worse than Internet Explorer — could be indicative of GPU driver issues, while the 3.5W TDP target Lenovo apparently locked in would explain the throttling behavior.
It’s possible that these weak performance figures and throttling issues are either caused by Intel drivers or by overly aggressive chip positioning.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

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

features

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

TDP 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 3.21 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W

bus

Architecture DMI
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s

details

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

overclocking

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

GPU GPU
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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Comments

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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