CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3230M vs 3000+ among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3230M 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 3230M  based on its performance, single-core performance and power consumption.

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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 90 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 better performance per watt 12.42 pt/W vs 0.6 pt/W More than 20.8x better performance per watt
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
More l2 cache 0.5 MB vs 0.13 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 513 More than 3x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 50.38W Around 45% lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 70 °C 50% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l3 cache 3 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Better PassMark score 3,989 vs 407 More than 9.8x better PassMark score
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More l2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core vs 0.13 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 14.94 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 54.31 $/year Around 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Sempron 3000+

Reasons to consider the
AMD Sempron 3000+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Sempron 3000+ vs the Intel Core i5 3230M.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3230M vs Sempron 3000+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Sempron 3000+ 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
754
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes No
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
Sempron 3000+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 1
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.13 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.13 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 70°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 62W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 14.94 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 54.31 $/year
Performance per watt 12.42 pt/W 0.6 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 50.38W
Intel Core i5 3230M
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