CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3612QM 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

7.1

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 3612QM 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 3612QM  based on its performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 3612QM

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Significantly more l3 cache 6 MB vs 3 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
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 better cloud gate score 5,442 vs 4,075 Around 35% better cloud gate score
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 9,554 vs 5,290 More than 80% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 5,466 vs 3,760 More than 45% better 3DMark06 CPU score
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Significantly higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
Better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 117.15 fps vs 60.95 fps More than 90% better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Better performance per dollar 2.1 pt/$ vs 1.46 pt/$ Around 45% better performance per dollar
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Apr, 2012 Release date 8 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 3612QM vs i5 3230M

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 3612QM
60.95 fps
Core i5 3230M
117.15 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 3612QM
1.04 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 i7 3612QM
2,020,000 MB/s
Core i5 3230M
2,110,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 3612QM  vs
i5 3230M 
Clock speed 2.1 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.1 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
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
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

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

details

Core i7 3612QM  vs
i5 3230M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 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
Clock multiplier 21 26
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 105°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
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 1,100 MHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 15.76 pt/W 13.5 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W

bus

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