CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3230M vs 3110M


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3DMark06 (CPU) and Passmark

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?



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Intel Core i5 3230M 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

Reasons to consider the
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Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 1,214 More than 30% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 10% better turbo clock speed
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,760 vs 2,988 More than 25% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better PassMark score 3,989 vs 3,042 More than 30% better PassMark score
Better performance per dollar 2.42 pt/$ vs 1.93 pt/$ More than 25% better performance per dollar
Marginally newer Jan, 2013 vs Jun, 2012 Release date 7 months later
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More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly 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 i3 3110M

3D Mark 06 (CPU)


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Passmark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i5 3230M  vs
i3 3110M 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
Is unlocked No No
Is hyperthreaded Yes Yes


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 15.56 pt/W 12.42 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W


Architecture DMI DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s


Core i5 3230M  vs
i3 3110M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nms 22 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 26 24
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 105°C


Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 1,000 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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