CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3230M vs 4600M

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

3DMark06 (CPU) and PassMark

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?

TDP

Features

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Features and specifications that differ between products

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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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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly 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
Significantly better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 685 MHz More than 60% better turbo clock speed
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 496 MHz More than 30% higher GPU clock speed
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

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

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

A10 4600M
2,865.5

PassMark Data courtesy PassMark

A10 4600M
3,174

PassMark (Single Core) Data courtesy PassMark

A10 4600M
1,008

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

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

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s

details

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 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 26 23
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 100°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Radeon™ HD 7660G
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 496 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 685 MHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 14.83 pt/W 10.46 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W
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