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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 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 101.56W 3.6x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 12.42 pt/W vs 0.59 pt/W Around 21.2x better performance per watt
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 63 °C More than 65% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Nov, 2006 Release date over 6 years later
Better PassMark score 3,989 vs 1,794 Around 2.2x better PassMark score
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 30.11 $/year 3.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 109.5 $/year 3.6x lower annual commercial energy cost
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 FX 72

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AMD Athlon 64 FX 72

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
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 Athlon 64 FX 72

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Athlon 64 FX 72 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
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features

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

details

Core i5 3230M  vs
Athlon 64 FX 72 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 90 nm
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 63°C

power consumption

TDP 35W 125W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 30.11 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 109.5 $/year
Performance per watt 12.42 pt/W 0.59 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 101.56W
Intel Core i5 3230M
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AMD Athlon 64 FX 72
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