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Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3230M

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Much higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 0.6 GHz More than 4.2x higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Nov, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Front view of Intel Atom E625CT

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Intel Atom E625CT

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 5.69W vs 28.44W 5x lower typical power consumption
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 1.69 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 5x lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 6.13 $/year vs 30.66 $/year 5x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core i5 3230M  vs Atom E625CT 

clock speed

Core i5 3230M
2.6 GHz
Atom E625CT
0.6 GHz

L2 cache

Core i5 3230M
0.5 MB
Atom E625CT
0.5 MB

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Atom E625CT 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 0.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i5 3230M  vs
Atom E625CT 
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm

power consumption

TDP 35W 7W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 1.69 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 6.13 $/year
Typical power consumption 28.44W 5.69W
Intel Core i5 3230M
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Intel Atom E625CT
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