CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4200U vs 3230M among laptop CPUs


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 Face detection and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Overall Performance and TDP


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Overall Performance and System Price (adjusted)


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Intel Core i5 4200U 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 4200U  based on its power consumption and value.

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Intel Core i5 4200U

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Front view of Intel Core i5 4200U

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 sky diver score 2,417 vs 1,796 Around 35% better sky diver score
Significantly better performance per watt 39.14 pt/W vs 14.41 pt/W Around 2.8x better performance per watt
Significantly better performance per dollar 2.09 pt/$ vs 0.48 pt/$ More than 4.2x better performance per dollar
Better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score 1.18 fps vs 0.97 fps More than 20% better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Jan, 2013 Release date 5 months later
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Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 3230M

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Much higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Significantly 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 PassMark (Single core) score 1,583 vs 1,389 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 100 °C 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

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

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 4200U
7.73 mPixels/s
Core i5 3230M
7.95 mPixels/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

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

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 39.14 pt/W 14.41 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
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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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