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Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3230M

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 68 °C Around 55% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1.33 MB/core Around 15% more l3 cache per core
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Jun, 2012 Release date 7 months later
Front view of AMD Opteron 4230 HE

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AMD Opteron 4230 HE

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 0.5 MB 12x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Higher clock speed 2.9 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 10% higher clock speed
More l3 cache 8 MB vs 3 MB Around 2.8x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
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 threads 6 vs 4 2 more threads

Features Key features of the Core i5 3230M  vs Opteron 4230 HE 

clock speed

Core i5 3230M
2.6 GHz
Opteron 4230 HE
2.9 GHz

turbo clock speed

Core i5 3230M
3.2 GHz
Opteron 4230 HE
3.7 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Opteron 4230 HE 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.9 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Hexa core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
C32
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
Supplemental SSE3
AES

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.0
Number of links 1 2
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 6,400 MT/s

details

Core i5 3230M  vs
Opteron 4230 HE 
Threads 4 6
L2 cache 0.5 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 2
Clock multiplier 26 14
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 68°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 65W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 56.94 $/year
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W
Intel Core i5 3230M
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AMD Opteron 4230 HE
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