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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
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 48.75W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 14.45 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 52.56 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD Six-Core Opteron 8419 EE

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AMD Six-Core Opteron 8419 EE

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Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 0.5 MB 6x 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
More cores 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
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 l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More threads 6 vs 4 2 more threads

Features Key features of the Core i5 3230M  vs Six-Core Opteron 8419 EE 

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Six-Core Opteron 8419 EE 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Hexa 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
Six-Core Opteron 8419 EE 
Threads 4 6
L2 cache 0.5 MB 3 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 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 8
Clock multiplier 26 9

power consumption

TDP 35W 60W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 14.45 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 52.56 $/year
Typical power consumption 28.44W 48.75W

bus

Architecture DMI HyperTransport 3.0
Intel Core i5 3230M
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AMD Six-Core Opteron 8419 EE
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