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Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3230M

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Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 653 Around 2.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Better PassMark score 3,989 vs 544 More than 7.2x better PassMark score
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 3400+

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AMD Athlon 64 3400+

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More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3230M vs Athlon 64 3400+

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Athlon 64 3400+ 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
939

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES

details

Core i5 3230M  vs
Athlon 64 3400+ 
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Max CPUs 1 1

power consumption

Typical power consumption 28.44W N/A
Intel Core i5 3230M
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AMD Athlon 64 3400+
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