Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA) vs i7-3612QM (PGA)

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Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA) advantages

  • The microprocessor offers higher operating frequency than the i7-3612QM, as a result the Core i5-3230M has better performance in most applications.

Intel Core i7-3612QM (PGA) advantages

  • More CPU cores on the Core i7-3612QM help to handle multiple simultaneous tasks or threads.
  • The microprocessor works in Socket G2. The CPU can be easily removed from the socket for upgrade or replacement.

i5-3230M vs i7-3612QM specifications comparison

The graphs below compare the most important Intel Core i7-3612QM and Core i5-3230M characteristics. These features, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a processor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph shows the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of additional threads, offered by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for extra frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
9
7.2
5.4
3.6
1.8
0
 
 
4
 
8
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
4
3.2
2.4
1.6
0.8
0
 
 
3.2GHz
 
3.1GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
8000
6400
4800
3200
1600
0
 
 
3584KB
 
7168KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
35W
 
 
Lower is better

  - Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA)       - Intel Core i7-3612QM (PGA)

Detailed side by side comparison of Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA) vs i7-3612QM specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core i5-3230M (BGA) Core i7-3612QM (PGA)
General recommendations:
Clocked higher
  General recommendations:
Packs more CPU cores,
Can execute more threads at once,
The microprocessor is upgreadable

Drawbacks:

Doesn't have as many CPU cores,
Executes fewer threads,
Can not be upgraded or replaced
 

Drawbacks:

Operating frequency is lower

Similar processors

Core i5-3230M (BGA) Core i7-3612QM (PGA)
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA) and i7-3612QM, however their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.

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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA) and Intel Core i7-3612QM (PGA) pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA)Intel Core i7-3612QM (PGA)
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i5 MobileCore i7 Mobile
Basic details
Model numberi5-3230Mi7-3612QM
CPU part numberAV8063801110901AW8063801130504
Introduction dateJanuary 20, 2013April 23, 2012
 
CPU features
Core nameIvy Bridge
MicroarchitectureIvy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketBGA1023Socket G2
Frequency (MHz)26002100
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3200 / 30003100 / 3000 / 2800 / 2800
Clock Multiplier2621
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)5121024
L3 cache (KB)30726144
Max temperature (°C)105
TDP (Watt)35
Core voltage (V) 0.8 - 1.25
Cores24
Threads48
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeHD 4000
Base frequency (MHz)650
Maximum frequency (MHz)1100
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3-1600DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
Notes:

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For detailed specifications of "Intel Core i5-3230M (BGA)" or "Intel Core i7-3612QM (PGA)" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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