CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4200U vs 3230M

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

3DMark06 (CPU) and Passmark

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?

TDP

Features

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Features and specifications that differ between products

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 4200U

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 4200U

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 28.44W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
Better performance per watt 26.74 pt/W vs 15.56 pt/W More than 70% better performance per watt
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Marginally newer Jul, 2013 vs Jan, 2013 Release date 5 months later
Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

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Intel Core i5 3230M

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 25% higher turbo clock speed
Much higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 200 MHz 3.2x higher GPU clock speed
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 16,384 MB Supports 2x more RAM
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,760 vs 2,450 Around 55% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 10% better turbo clock speed
Better performance per dollar 2.42 pt/$ vs 1.43 pt/$ Around 70% better performance per dollar
Higher Maximum Operating Temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 1,400 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better PassMark score 3,989 vs 3,299 More than 20% better PassMark score

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

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

Passmark

Core i5 4200U Core i5 3230M @ cpubenchmark.net

Passmark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 4200U  vs
3230M 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.6 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Is unlocked No No
Is hyperthreaded Yes Yes

features

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

power consumption

TDP 15W 35W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 26.74 pt/W 15.56 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 28.44W

bus

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

details

Core i5 4200U  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 nms 22 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 105°C

gpu

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4400 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 200 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1600
DDR3L-1333
LPDDR3-1600
LPDDR3-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB 32,768 MB
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Comments

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it have 2 cores but simulate more 2
Go with 3230M ..... its more powerful but be sure to plug in your charger while gaming or using softwares ..... ps the 4200U has hd graphics 4400 and 3230M has hd 4000 .... the differences are only 2-4 fps but with a proccesor like those two your human eyes wont even notice so go ahead and buy 3230M .....
i have an intel atom
the dxdiag on my computer tells me that the i5 3230M has 4 cores !? kinda weird...
which is better i5 - 4200u (4th gen) or the i5- 3230M (3rd gen) ? i hear that 3230 has better clock speed but 4200 has lesser power consumption and a bit more features . I'am confused as i want to buy a laptop that fits for gaming as well as software development ... please help !
i have a asus laptop with the 3230m and it's pretty solid performance wise but the battery life is not great
Sorry not much faster but equally fast in everyday performance
As the description explained the 4200U is for ultraportables and is 15W tdp, the battery life will be much better on the 4200U but the 4th gen will be much faster for most everyday users while the 3230M will be more powerful for those obsessed with benchmarks...The 3230M is a great CPU - there is no reason to upgrade from the 3230M but both are equally fast as computers and cpus have hit a "plateau" a while back where each new generation on the similar TDP suffix is only 5-10% better than the last generation. P.S. I am typing this on a 4200U powered computer and its amazingly fast!
I have the 3230, it can perform better than written, and have never reached 80^c, also very high speed reading and writing in ram with only 1 channel used with a 4gb 1600 DDR3 ram, 14000 mb writing and 17000 mb reading on AID 64.
Error in main intro text - 4200U is 15W not 35W.
its bullshit the processor 4200u is 4th generation and the other 3230m is 3rd generation there is no compare of them.
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