CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3230M vs 4050e among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3230M 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 3230M  based on its performance, single-core performance and 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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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Much better performance per watt 12.42 pt/W vs 1.44 pt/W Around 8.8x better performance per watt
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,290 vs 1,594 More than 3.2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 641 Around 2.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 78 °C Around 35% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l3 cache 3 MB vs 0.5 MB 6x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Apr, 2008 Release date over 4 years later
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 36.56W More than 20% lower typical power consumption
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 10.84 $/year More than 20% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 39.42 $/year More than 20% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Athlon X2 4050e

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon X2 4050e

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More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
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 X2 4050e

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3230M
2,110,000 MB/s
Athlon X2 4050e
57,300 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Athlon X2 4050e 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
AM2
Is unlocked No No

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
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i5 3230M  vs
Athlon X2 4050e 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 78°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A

power consumption

TDP 35W 45W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 39.42 $/year
Performance per watt 12.42 pt/W 1.44 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 36.56W
Intel Core i5 3230M
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