Intel Core i5-3230M vs. Intel Core i7-3520M

CPU comparison with benchmarks


Intel Core i5-3230M CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-3520M
Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i7-3520M
Intel Core i5 Family Intel Core i7
Intel Core i 3000M CPU group Intel Core i 3000M
3 Generation 3
Ivy Bridge H Architecture Ivy Bridge H
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

2 Cores 2
4 Threads 4
2.60 GHz Frequency 2.90 GHz
3.20 GHz Turbo (1 Core) 3.60 GHz
Turbo (All Cores) 3.40 GHz
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU Intel HD Graphics 4000
0.65 GHz GPU frequency 0.65 GHz
1.10 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.25 GHz
7 GPU Generation 7
22 nm Technology 22 nm
3 Max. displays 3
16 Execution units 16
128 Shader 128
Max. GPU Memory
11.0 DirectX Version 11.0

Hardware codec supportHardware codec support

No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode Codec JPEG Decode

Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe

DDR3-1600 Memory DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333 SO-DIMM, DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM
32 GB Max. Memory
2 Memory channels 2
No ECC No
L2 Cache
3.00 MB L3 Cache 4.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 16

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

35 W TDP (PL1) 35 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical detailsTechnical details

22 nm Technology 22 nm
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
BGA 1023 Socket BGA 1023
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Q1/2013 Release date Q2/2012
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Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3230M
2x 2.60 GHz (3.20 GHz) HT
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i7-3520M Intel Core i7-3520M
2x 2.90 GHz (3.60 GHz) HT
663 (100%)
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Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3230M
2x 2.60 GHz (3.20 GHz) HT
106 (100%)
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Intel Core i7-3520M Intel Core i7-3520M
2x 2.90 GHz (3.60 GHz) HT
0 (0%)
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Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3230M
2x 2.60 GHz (3.20 GHz) HT
258 (100%)
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Intel Core i7-3520M Intel Core i7-3520M
2x 2.90 GHz (3.60 GHz) HT
0 (0%)
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3230M
2x 2.60 GHz (3.20 GHz) HT
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i7-3520M Intel Core i7-3520M
2x 2.90 GHz (3.60 GHz) HT
644 (100%)
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3230M
2x 2.60 GHz (3.20 GHz) HT
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i7-3520M Intel Core i7-3520M
2x 2.90 GHz (3.60 GHz) HT
1431 (100%)
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iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3230M
Intel HD Graphics 4000 @ 1.10 GHz
282 (88%)
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Intel Core i7-3520M Intel Core i7-3520M
Intel HD Graphics 4000 @ 1.25 GHz
320 (100%)
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3230M
2x 2.60 GHz (3.20 GHz) HT
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i7-3520M Intel Core i7-3520M
2x 2.90 GHz (3.60 GHz) HT
1.4 (100%)
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3230M
2x 2.60 GHz (3.20 GHz) HT
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i7-3520M Intel Core i7-3520M
2x 2.90 GHz (3.60 GHz) HT
3.3 (100%)
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Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i5-3230M
2x 2.60 GHz (3.20 GHz) HT
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i7-3520M Intel Core i7-3520M
2x 2.90 GHz (3.60 GHz) HT
4563 (100%)
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Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Intel Core i5-3230M Intel Core i7-3520M
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