CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3230M vs 4600M


Benchmark performance using all cores

3DMark06 (CPU) and Passmark

Single-core Performance

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Passmark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3230M

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Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
Newer manufacturing process 22 nms vs 32 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More l3 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.3 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 1,008 More than 55% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,760 vs 2,865.5 More than 30% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Higher Maximum Operating Temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
Better PassMark score 3,989 vs 3,174 More than 25% better PassMark score
Newer Jan, 2013 vs May, 2012 Release date 8 months later
Front view of AMD A10 4600M

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AMD A10 4600M

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Much better performance per dollar 7.52 pt/$ vs 2.37 pt/$ Around 3.2x better performance per dollar

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3230M vs A10 4600M

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

A10 4600M


A10 4600M
Core i5 3230M A10 4600M @ cpubenchmark.net

Passmark (Single Core)

A10 4600M

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i5 3230M  vs
A10 4600M 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No No
Is hyperthreaded Yes No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 15.22 pt/W 10.74 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W


Core i5 3230M  vs
A10 4600M 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 100°C


Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Radeon™ HD 7660G
Intel Core i5 3230M
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