Intel Core i5-3230M: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

Intel started Core i5-3230M sales 1 January 2013 at a recommended price of $225. This is an Ivy Bridge architecture notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 2 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 22 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3200 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCPGA988 processor with a TDP of 35 Watt. It supports DDR3 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 1.66% of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

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General info

Core i5-3230M processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking1924
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesIntel Core i5
Architecture codenameIvy Bridge (2012−2013)
Release date1 January 2013 (11 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$225of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$93 (0.4x MSRP)of 17802 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores2 (Dual-core)
Threads4
Base clock speed2.6 GHzof 4.7 (Ryzen 9 7900X)
Boost clock speed3.2 GHzof 6 (Core i9-13900KS)
L1 cache64K (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache256K (per core)of 36864 (Apple M2 Max)
L3 cache3 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7773X)
Chip lithography22 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size118 mm2
Maximum core temperature105 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-

Compatibility

Information on Core i5-3230M compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Xeon Platinum 8160M)
SocketFCPGA988
Power consumption (TDP)35 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i5-3230M. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® AVX
AES-NI+
AVX+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
My WiFi+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Flex Memory Access+
Demand Based Switching-
FDI+
Fast Memory Access+
StatusDiscontinued

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT-
EDB+
Secure Key+
Identity Protection+
Anti-Theft+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

AMD-V+
VT-d+
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-3230M's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3of 5600 (Ryzen 9 7940H)
Maximum memory size32 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth25.6 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9654)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of a GPU integrated into Core i5-3230M.

Integrated graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 4000
Quick Sync Video+
Clear Video HD+
Graphics max frequency1.1 GHz
InTru 3D+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-3230M's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported3
eDP+
DisplayPort+
HDMI+
SDVO+
CRT+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0of 5 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 9654)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i5-3230M. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 67%

i5-3230M 2560

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 40%

i5-3230M 507

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 40%

i5-3230M 1020

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

i5-3230M 4268

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

i5-3230M 9159

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

i5-3230M 3760

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

i5-3230M 3

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

Benchmark coverage: 15%

i5-3230M 258

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

Benchmark coverage: 15%

i5-3230M 105

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

i5-3230M 1.25

TrueCrypt AES

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

i5-3230M 1.5

WinRAR 4.0

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

i5-3230M 3219

x264 encoding pass 1

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

Benchmark coverage: 13%

i5-3230M 60

x264 encoding pass 2

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

Benchmark coverage: 13%

i5-3230M 11

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

Benchmark coverage: 4%

i5-3230M 3380

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i5-3230M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 2.3 Mh/s  

Gaming performance

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i5-3230M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.


AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i5-3230M is FX-9800P, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our ranking.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-3230M:

Intel Core i5-3230M 100
AMD 3020e 95.78

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Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core i5-3230M, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core i5-3230M in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 17724 configurations based on Core i5-3230M in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
0.4% (74/17724)
RTX 4080 GeForce RTX 4080
0.006% (1/17724)
RTX 4070 Ti GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
0.006% (1/17724)
RTX 3090 Ti GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
0.02% (4/17724)
RX 6950 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT
0.006% (1/17724)
RTX 3080 Ti GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
0.08% (14/17724)
RX 6900 XT Radeon RX 6900 XT
0.02% (3/17724)
RTX 3090 GeForce RTX 3090
0.08% (14/17724)
RTX 3080 GeForce RTX 3080
0.006% (1/17724)
RX 7800 XT Radeon RX 7800 XT
0.01% (2/17724)

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