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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
Significantly higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 71 °C Around 50% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Aug, 2005 Release date over 7 years later
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 44.69W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 13.25 $/year More than 35% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 48.18 $/year More than 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Opteron 860 HE

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AMD Opteron 860 HE

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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 860 HE 

clock speed

Core i5 3230M
2.6 GHz
Opteron 860 HE
1.6 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Opteron 860 HE 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
940

features

Has a NX bit 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 860 HE 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 8
Clock multiplier 26 8
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C 0 - 71°C

power consumption

TDP 35W 55W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 13.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 48.18 $/year
Typical power consumption 28.44W 44.69W
Intel Core i5 3230M
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AMD Opteron 860 HE
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