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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
Significantly higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
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 69.06W 2.4x 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 Mar, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 20.48 $/year 2.4x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 74.46 $/year 2.4x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Opteron 6124 HE

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AMD Opteron 6124 HE

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 1 3 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Significantly more l3 cache 12 MB vs 3 MB 4x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 8 vs 2 6 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Core i5 3230M  vs Opteron 6124 HE 

clock speed

Core i5 3230M
2.6 GHz
Opteron 6124 HE
1.8 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Opteron 6124 HE 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Octa core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
G34
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

power consumption

TDP 35W 85W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 20.48 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 74.46 $/year
Typical power consumption 28.44W 69.06W

details

Core i5 3230M  vs
Opteron 6124 HE 
Threads 4 8
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 12 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 4
Clock multiplier 26 9
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 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

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.0
Intel Core i5 3230M
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