CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2430M vs 215 among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 2430M 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 2430M  based on its performance, single-core performance and power consumption.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 2430M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 2430M

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 18.27 pt/W vs 1.62 pt/W More than 11.2x better performance per watt
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
More l3 cache 3 MB vs 0.5 MB 6x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 74 °C More than 35% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,485 vs 2,535 More than 75% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,364 vs 907 More than 50% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Oct, 2011 vs Sep, 2009 Release date over 2 years later
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 215

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X2 215

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Higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.56 GHz vs 2.77 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.79 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 2430M vs Athlon II X2 215

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2430M
1,850,000 MB/s
Athlon II X2 215
109,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 2430M  vs
Athlon II X2 215 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 65W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 18.27 pt/W 1.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W

details

Core i5 2430M  vs
Athlon II X2 215 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.77 GHz 3.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 3.79 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,656.4 1,923.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.77 GHz 3.56 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label HD Graphics 3000 N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz N/A
Intel Core i5 2430M
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