Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz
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Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz Review

Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz is a middle-class mobile processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.


It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.6GHz, which may go up to 3.2GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked.


The processor integrates mildly powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4000, with 16 Execution Units, initially clocked at 650MHz and that go up to 1100MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 35W.


It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications.


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2.6 GHz
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32GB
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FINRulezXP
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17:07 May-11-2014
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Intel HD 4000 vs Nvidia 710M, is there even a noticeable point?

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Sh1fTzMaGiiK
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05:19 Dec-31-2013
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Manually Switch Graphics Cards!!!!!!

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05:18 Dec-31-2013
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One Problem when using this CPU with any other GPU is that this CPU contains an Integrated Intel 4000 (BAD GPU) so whenever you want to play a game you need to

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18:05 Nov-25-2013
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I'm planning to buy a notebook, but didn't decide yet which one would be better.
1.) i5-3230m, nVidia 740m 2GB DDR3 (128bit version)
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2.) i7-4500u, Radeon HD 8850m 2GB DDR5 ?
will play games on 1366x768, so which one would perform better?
RAM and everything others is prett

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12:38 Nov-27-2013
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Get the second one as it is well balanced, with both hardware with 7GD rank. It means that none of your component would bottleneck each other in games. When combined with 8GB ram, it could play next gen games on medium to high settings easily :D

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11:03 Dec-01-2013
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Yeah, the Second notebook would be a better choice. At 1366x768 resolution, the second notebook will run most of the game at high settings. Also its balanced as said by Ajesh.

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14:26 Jul-14-2013
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Hi all. This with AMD 8850M GDDR3 2GB?

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01:38 Aug-19-2013
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should be a good match. the bottleneck will be the GPU in most games but that leaves a bit of excess CPU for stuff like music and things like that while gaming.

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05:15 Dec-31-2013
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I actually have that exact setup and I have found it very good, A few tests have been Just Cause 2 30 FPS, High and Blacklight and War Thunder 60 FPS High

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11:48 Jun-19-2013
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And now. How the heck is that CPU better than mine?

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19:04 Jun-19-2013
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nice quastion :D you have the same speed per core but you have 2 cores more :DD in some games you should perform better, but in some games i think at least equally, anyway if i hade choice only between your and this cpu i would take your cpu :D:D OLD BUT GOLD
just i think "ive bridge" does it's buisness :P that's all :(((

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20:10 Jun-19-2013
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I even have more Cache.

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16:14 Jun-26-2013
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Structural Difference.

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18:18 Jun-27-2013
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you sir have a nice CPU :D my dream cpu before.. but this i5 has better architecture, so.. it flies away faster than your quad.

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19:37 Jul-24-2013
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Also i5 has Hyper-Threading technology (2 cores working on 4 threads) whereas the quad works on 4 cores and 4 threads…..

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12:43 Nov-27-2013
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No. of cores doesn't matter. The technology of i5 is more powerful. You must have seen i3 processors. They are dual core but more powerful than many quad core processors of 2nd generation. So, i5 3230M is powerful than your quad core processor ;D

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19:21 Jun-17-2013
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is this cpu good whit GT 650M slide in Lenovo IdeaPad Y500?

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16:19 Jun-26-2013
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Yup. Better than Intel HD 4000. Quite better.

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11:21 Jun-15-2013
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is it good with geforce GT 710M and 6 gb DDR3 ? im going to by it in over 650$
Acer V3-571G (nx.m69er.009) Black Silver
mof exactly: http://www.hotspot.ge/v3-571g-15-6-led-wxga-i5-3230m-gt-710m-2gb-6gb-ddr3-750gb-hdd-dvd-sm-bt4-0-agn-6-cell-batt-c41da/p29656/
is it worse? will i play games like metro or gta on enjoible fps and graphics?

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21:49 Jun-30-2013
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i have that laptop but with 8gb RAM buy it its worth it!
well i didnt try metro and gta but i think it will run metro on low to medium and gta (4) on high,and gta 5 on low to medium

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12:24 Jul-06-2013
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If for gaming, it isn't a very good laptop, cause the GPU is very slow. But if not, it is a very decent laptop.

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01:21 Jul-28-2013
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no its a very good gaming laptop. I give it 10/10

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01:32 Jul-20-2013
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i have the same laptop as Tareq178, but overclocked both cpu and gpu, who says it has a slow gpu, i can max gta 4 with 40+fps but it for half an hour, then my cpu starts to boil :-P

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01:21 Jul-28-2013
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and i can run bf3 on ultra with 25+ fps

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06:51 Jul-29-2013
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No, there is no possible way in this world you can do med+ with a 710M

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06:52 Jul-29-2013
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I don't believe it can deliver a good frame rate at even medium…

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22:34 Aug-02-2013
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it believe it can deliver good fps on medium but when i tried it on ultra i didnt believe it! i will check again on ultra next time :D and see if it runs smoothly

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01:30 Aug-03-2013
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I'm sorry but I'm gonna need some kind of proof, you could capture with FRAPS/Bandicam on high?

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20:55 Sep-12-2013
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Yarizmass you have to pay attention to native res. You are correct with 1080p no way he could pull those stats but perhaps on 769p or lower res.

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06:31 May-24-2013
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is this good with AMD Radeon HD7650M(1GB)(Sony) ? or i should go for i5-3210 with AMD Radeon HD7670M(2GB)(samsung) or i5 3210m with Nv GT 630m(1gb)(Lenovo)? almost same price! so help :) no PC!

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06:44 May-24-2013
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the lenovo one,coz all the CPU's are about the same,and the GT630m is better than the other GPU's,however it is still too weak to run some games.

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05:41 May-25-2013
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Actually AMD Radeon HD7670M(2GB) is slightly better than GT630m(1GB). According to GD i can run NFS MW2 in high settings in AMD 7670 but Nvidia can run it in medium settings only plus samsung's HDD is 1TB i mean thats a bonus right xD but thanks for you reply :)

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16:35 May-17-2013
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is this cpu a good partner with nvidia gt 710m for gaming and playing on medium to high settings?

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