Intel Core i5-2520M

Intel 2520M

The Intel Core i7-2520M is a fast high-end dual core processor at the time of introduction in Q1 2011. It is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture and offers Hyperthreading to handle 4 threads at once (for a better usage of the pipeline). Compared to the faster Core i7, the i5 offers a smaller last level cache of 3MB. The base clock speed is 2.5 GHz but due to Turbo Boost it can reach 3 GHz (2 cores active) and 3.2 GHz (1 core active).

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 256Bit AVX instructions, the improved Turbo 2.0 and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. 

Der i5-2520M offers an integrated graphics card ( Intel HD Graphics 3000) which is clearly faster then the older Intel HD Graphics in the Arrandale CPUs. As the new GPU is included in the CPU, it is also manufactured in 32nm and shares the fast level 3 cache with the CPU cores (using a new ring bus). In the 2520M it is clocked from  650-1300MHz (Turbo Boost).

Furthermore, an improved dual-channel DDR3 memory controller is included on the CPU die that is used by the CPU and GPU part.

Due to the improved architecture and the new Turbo Boost 2.0, the average performance of the Core i7-2540M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i5. In synthetic benchmarks the performance should be on a level to the old Core i5-560M and therefore suited for even demanding tasks.

The 35W TDP rating includes the integrated GPU and memory controller.

SeriesIntel Core i5
CodenameSandy Bridge
Clock Rate2500 - 3200 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3072 KB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)35 Watt
Transistor Count624 Million
Manufacturing Technology32 nm
Die Size149 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketrPGA988B / BGA1023
FeaturesHD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 8GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x, VT-d
Starting Price $225 U.S.
Announcement Date02/20/2011
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 2520M

CPU Benchmarks

3DMark 06 - CPU:
0% 100%
min: 3150     avg: 3469.4 (39.54%)     max: 3594 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 11     avg: 12.4 (99.26%)     max: 13 Seconds*
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M:
0% 100%
min: 25     avg: 28.9 (99.66%)     max: 31 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 623     avg: 676.6 (97.05%)     max: 713 Seconds*
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS):
0% 100%
min: 49000     avg: 49675 (23.57%)     max: 50350 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS):
0% 100%
min: 34390     avg: 34855 (26.74%)     max: 35320 MFLOPS
PCMark 05: Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 7319     avg: 7808.7 (46.68%)     max: 8593 Points
PCMark Vantage: Result 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 5438     avg: 7695.6 (30.27%)     max: 13419 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 3370     avg: 3949.2 (61.09%)     max: 4110 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 7313     avg: 8515.8 (31.2%)     max: 8858 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 8789     avg: 10372.6 (27.17%)     max: 10797 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 50.82     avg: 4703 (18.89%)     max: 5135 Points
3DMark Vantage: P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 7940     avg: 9053.2 (22.64%)     max: 9674 Points
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 16.6     avg: 18.1 (97.25%)     max: 21 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 526     avg: 555.3 (94.89%)     max: 604.61 seconds*
Windows 7 Experience Index: Processor
0% 100%
min: 7     avg: 7.1 (88.69%)     max: 7.1 points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 2.5     avg: 2.8 (22.15%)     max: 2.89 Points
3DMark 11: Performance Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 3306     avg: 3509.7 (29.07%)     max: 3754 points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Reviews for the Intel Core i5 2520M processor

Acer TravelMate 5760G-2414G75Misk (NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 15.6")
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Acer TravelMate 6595-2524G50Mikk (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15.6")
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Asus B53E (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15.6")
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Asus B53S (AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 15.6")
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Asus K53E (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15.6")
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Asus K53E-B1 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15.6")
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Asus K73E (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 17.3")
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Asus N53SM (NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 15.6")
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Asus U40S (NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, 14.0")
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Asus U43SD (NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, 14.0")
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Dell Latitude E5520 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15.6")
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Dell Latitude E6420 ATG (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14.0")
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Dell Precision M4600 (AMD FirePro M5950, 15.6")
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Dell Precision M6600 (AMD FirePro M8900, 17.3")
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Fujitsu Lifebook SH771 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 13.3")
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Gigabyte M2432 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14.0")
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HP ProBook 5330m-LG719EA (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 13.3")
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HP ProBook 5330m-LG720EA/LJ463UT (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 13.3")
» HP ProBook 5330m-LJ463UT Laptop Review - Review
» HP ProBook 5330m-LG724EA - External Review

HP ProBook 5330m-LG724EA (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 13.3")
» Review HP ProBook 5330m-LG724EA Notebook - Review
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HP ProBook 6460b LG645EA (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14")
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HP ProBook 6560b-LG658EA (AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 15.6")
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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530-NZQ4CYA (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15.6")
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Lenovo ThinkPad L420 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14.1")
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Lenovo ThinkPad L420 NYV4UGE (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14.0")
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Lenovo Thinkpad T420-4178-6VF (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14.0")
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Lenovo Thinkpad T420-NW3MNGE (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14.0")
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Lenovo ThinkPad T420s-NV72BGE (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14.0")
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 NWK2PGE (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 13.3")
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1-1291-23M (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 13.3")
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Lenovo ThinkPad X220 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 12.5")
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Lenovo ThinkPad X220-428623U (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 12.5")
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Lenovo Thinkpad X220-4290W1B (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 12.5")
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Lenovo ThinkPad X220-NYG37GE (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 12.5")
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Lenovo ThinkPad X220T (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 12.5")
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LG P430-K.AN51G (NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, 14.0")
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LG P530-K.AN51G (NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, 15.6")
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Micro Express NBL5125 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 15.6")
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-19, i5-2520 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 10.1")
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-19, Sandy Bridge (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 10.1")
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14.0")
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1, Sandy Bridge (Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), 12.1")
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-S10 (Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), 12.1")
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Samsung 400B5B-PS2 (NVIDIA NVS 4200M, 15.6")
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Samsung 410B2B (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 12.5")
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Samsung 410B2B-HZ1 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 12.5")
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Samsung 600B5B-S01DE (NVIDIA NVS 4200M, 15.6")
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Samsung 600B5B-S01UK (NVIDIA NVS 4200M, 15.6")
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Samsung QX412-S01DE (NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, 14.1")
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Samsung RF511-S04HU (NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 15.6")
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Sony Vaio VPC-SB16FG (AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 13.3")
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Sony Vaio VPC-SB16GK/P (AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 13.3")
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Sony Vaio VPC-SB1S1E (AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 13.3")
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Sony Vaio VPC-SB1V9 ( unknown, 13.3")
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Sony Vaio VPC-SB1Z9EB (AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 13.3")
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Sony Vaio VPC-SB2C5E (AMD Radeon HD 6470M, 13.3")
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Toshiba Portégé R830-112 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 13.3")
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Toshiba Portégé R830-138 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 13.3")
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Toshiba Portégé R830-1C8 (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 13.3")
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Toshiba Tecra R840-110 (AMD Radeon HD 6450M, 14.0")
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Toshiba Tecra R840-11E (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 14.0")
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Toshiba Tecra R840-14Q (AMD Radeon HD 6450M, 14.0")
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Toshiba Tecra R840-S8430 (AMD Radeon HD 6450M, 14.0")
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Toshiba Tecra R850-10R (Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15.6")
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Toshiba Tecra R850-S8530 (AMD Radeon HD 6450M, 15.6")
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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i5

» Intel Core i5 4340M
   2.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4330M
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4200H
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4310M
   2.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4400E
   2.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4300M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4210M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3380M
   2.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3360M
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4200M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3340M
   2.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4288U
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3320M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4258U
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3230M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3210M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2540M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4310U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4360U
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4300U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4350U
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2520M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2450M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 580M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2435M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2430M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2415M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2410M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3437U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 560M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4210U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4260U
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3427U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4402E
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4200U
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4250U
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 480M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 540M
   2.53 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 460M
   2.53 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3337U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 520M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 450M
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3317U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 430M
   2.26 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4300Y
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4302Y
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2557M
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3439Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4202Y
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4220Y
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4210Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2467M
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 3339Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4200Y
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2537M
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 560UM
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 470UM
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 540UM
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 520UM
   1.06 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 430UM
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i5 4310U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i5 4360U
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i7 3537U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
- Intel Core i5 4300U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i5 4350U
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 2520M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
+ Intel Core i3 4110M
   2.6 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i5 2450M
   2.5 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i7 3517U
   1.9 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
+ AMD Phenom II X4 (Desktop) 905e
   2.5 GHz / KB
+ Intel Core i7 620M
   2.66 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2012-05-26)