CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3230M vs 4500M


Benchmark performance using all cores

3DMark06 (CPU) and Passmark

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

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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Significantly higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
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
Higher turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 848 More than 85% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,760 vs 2,438 Around 55% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better PassMark score 3,989 vs 2,674 Around 50% better PassMark score
Higher Maximum Operating Temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
Newer Jan, 2013 vs May, 2012 Release date 8 months later
Slightly better performance per watt 15.22 pt/W vs 9.41 pt/W More than 60% better performance per watt
Front view of AMD A8 4500M

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AMD A8 4500M

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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
Much better performance per dollar 13.72 pt/$ vs 2.37 pt/$ More than 5.8x better performance per dollar
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 A8 4500M

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

A8 4500M


A8 4500M
Core i5 3230M A8 4500M @ cpubenchmark.net

Passmark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i5 3230M  vs
A8 4500M 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 1.9 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.8 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 9.41 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W


Core i5 3230M  vs
A8 4500M 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 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 7640G
Intel Core i5 3230M
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