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Intel Core i5 3230M

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Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

Differences What are the advantages of each

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
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 77.19W 2.7x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 12.42 pt/W vs 1.47 pt/W Around 8.5x better performance per watt
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 953 More than 65% better PassMark (Single core) score
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
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AMD Phenom II X4 830

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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
Higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
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 cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3230M vs Phenom II X4 830

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 3230M
2,110,000 MB/s
Phenom II X4 830
112,950 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Phenom II X4 830 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core

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

details

Core i5 3230M  vs
Phenom II X4 830 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 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 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

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
Performance per watt 12.42 pt/W 1.47 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 77.19W
Intel Core i5 3230M
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