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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 45 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
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 85.31W 3x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 55 °C More than 90% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Jul, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 25.29 $/year 3x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 91.98 $/year 3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Opteron 2439 SE

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AMD Opteron 2439 SE

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Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 0.5 MB 6x 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
More cores 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 3 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 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
More threads 6 vs 4 2 more threads

Features Key features of the Core i5 3230M  vs Opteron 2439 SE 

clock speed

Core i5 3230M
2.6 GHz
Opteron 2439 SE
2.8 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Opteron 2439 SE 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Hexa core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
F
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.0

details

Core i5 3230M  vs
Opteron 2439 SE 
Threads 4 6
L2 cache 0.5 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 26 14
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C 0 - 55°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 105W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 25.29 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 91.98 $/year
Typical power consumption 28.44W 85.31W
Intel Core i5 3230M
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AMD Opteron 2439 SE
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