CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3612QM vs 3230M


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Intel Core i7 3612QM 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
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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 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
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better PassMark score 6,846 vs 3,989 More than 70% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 5,466 vs 3,760 More than 45% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Slightly better performance per watt 21.63 pt/W vs 14.81 pt/W More than 45% better performance per watt
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Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Apr, 2012 Release date 8 months later

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

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

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PassMark (Single Core) Data courtesy PassMark

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
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 12,800 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB


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

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 21.63 pt/W 14.81 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W


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