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Front view of Intel Core i5 4200U

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Intel Core i5 4200U

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 4200U vs the 3230M FCPGA988.

Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

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Intel Core i5 3230M

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

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 4200U
11.53 mHash/s
Core i5 3230M
6.29 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 4200U
1.18 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 4200U
3,015,000 MB/s
Core i5 3230M
2,110,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i5 4200U  vs
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


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB 32,768 MB


Core i5 4200U  vs
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

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

power consumption

TDP 15W 35W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 38.06 pt/W 12.42 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 28.44W


Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
Intel Core i5 4200U
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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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