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Intel Core i5 3230M

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 40.5 vs 19.9 More than 2x better 3DMark06 CPU score
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 1.84 GHz Around 75% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 1.44 GHz More than 80% higher clock speed
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Much higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 200 MHz 3.2x higher GPU clock speed
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 389 More than 4x better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 5,290 vs 2,187 Around 2.5x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score 6.29 mHash/s vs 5.83 mHash/s Around 10% better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score
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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
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
Much better performance per dollar 5.43 pt/$ vs 1.93 pt/$ More than 2.8x better performance per dollar
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
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
Newer Apr, 2015 vs Jan, 2013 Release date over 2 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 3230M vs Atom x5 x5-Z8300

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3230M
6.29 mHash/s
Atom x5 x5-Z8300
5.83 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3230M
117.15 fps
Atom x5 x5-Z8300
62.92 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3230M
0.97 fps
Atom x5 x5-Z8300
0.41 fps

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
Atom x5 x5-Z8300
279,050 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 3230M  vs
Atom x5 x5-Z8300 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 1.44 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz 1.84 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No Yes

features

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 No

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Single Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 6,400 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 2,048 MB

details

Core i5 3230M  vs
Atom x5 x5-Z8300 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 3 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 200 MHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 28.44W N/A

bus

Architecture DMI FSB
Number of links 1 1
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