CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4200M vs 3230M among laptop CPUs (over 15W)

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

7.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 4200M 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 4200M  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 4200M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 4200M

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Much better fire strike score 659 vs 510 Around 30% better fire strike score
Better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score 2,521 vs 2,289 More than 10% better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score
Better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score 14.56 mHash/s vs 6.29 mHash/s More than 2.2x better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score
Better performance per dollar 2.94 pt/$ vs 2.1 pt/$ Around 40% better performance per dollar
Slightly better turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Jan, 2013 Release date 8 months later
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Significantly higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 400 MHz Around 65% higher GPU clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
Higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 4200M vs 3230M

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 4200M
14.56 mHash/s
Core i5 3230M
6.29 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 4200M
0.89 fps
Core i5 3230M
0.97 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

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 4200M
3,245,000 MB/s
Core i5 3230M
2,110,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 4200M  vs
3230M 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.1 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,000 MB 32,768 MB

details

Core i5 4200M  vs
3230M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 105°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 400 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz 1,100 MHz

power consumption

TDP 37W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.91 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 17.88 pt/W 13.51 pt/W
Typical power consumption 30.06W 28.44W

bus

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