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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
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 77.19W 2.7x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 55 °C More than 90% higher Maximum operating temperature
Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Significantly more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 3x more l3 cache per core
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Aug, 2006 Release date over 6 years later
Slightly more l3 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 2.7x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 2.7x lower annual commercial energy cost
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Opteron 8216

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AMD Opteron 8216

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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
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Core i5 3230M  vs Opteron 8216 

clock speed

Core i5 3230M
2.6 GHz
Opteron 8216
2.4 GHz

L2 cache

L3 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Opteron 8216 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual 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
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
Opteron 8216 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 8
Clock multiplier 26 12
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 95W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 28.44W 77.19W
Intel Core i5 3230M
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