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Intel Core i5-480M

Intel 480M

The Intel Core i5-480M is a mid-range dual core CPU for laptops and clocks (due to the Turbo Mode) from 2.66 to 2.9 GHz. Each core is based on the Nehalem (Westmere) micro-architecture. Hyperthreading enables the Dual Core CPU to handle 4 threads at once (for a better usage of the pipeline). Compared to the Core i5-540M, the 480M does most likely not support AES, VT-d and Trusted Execution functions and features a slower Turbo Boost (2.9 versus 3.06 GHz). However, the base clock rate is slightly higher.

A feature of the new Core i5-480M is the integrated graphics card called GMA HD and memory controller. Both are on a separate die that is still manufactured in 45nm whereas the CPU die is already manufactured in the new 32nm process.

The performance of the Core i5-480M is on average faster than a 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo T9800 and in some benchmarks even faster than the fastest Core 2 Duo T9900 (e.g. 3DMark 06 CPU Score). Therefore, the Core i5-480M is a high end dual core cpu which should handle all daily work and gaming tasks. Only the quad core i7 CPUs can be noticeably faster at tasks that require four or more threads (e.g. rendering).

The integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (GMA HD) graphics card is known to be clocked up to 500-766 MHz and should be clearly faster than the old GMA 4500MHD. A GeForce 9400M (ION) should still be a faster (especially as Nvidia and ATI cards have a better driver support than Intel up to now). According to rumors, the GMA core will also use the Turbo Mode regulate the clock speed.

The power consumption of 35 Watt TDP (max.) counts for the whole package and therefore it is clearly better than the 35 Watt TDP of the Core 2 Duo T-series (CPU alone). Due to the Turbo Boost, the Core i5 is likely to use the whole TDP of 35 Watt under load and therefore can use more power than a similar specified Core 2 Duo. In Idle mode, the i5 uses clearly less power than the Core 2 Duo CPUs.

SeriesIntel Core i5
CodenameArrandale
Clock Rate2666 - 2933 MHz
Front Side Bus2400 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 Count382+177 Million
Manufacturing Technology32 nm
Die Size81+114 mm2
Max. Temperature105 °C
SocketBGA1288, PGA988
Featuresintegrated DDR3 memory controller, GMA HD Graphics (500-766MHz), MMX, SSE (1,2,3,3S, 4.1, 3.2), EM64T, VT-x
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x
Announcement Date12/04/2010
Product Link (external)Intel Core i5 480M

Benchmarks

wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
0% 100%
min: 539      avg: 563.8 (7%)     median: 556.6 (7%)     max: 600.245 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m
0% 100%
min: 17      avg: 18 (4%)     median: 18 (4%)     max: 19.19 seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 2640      avg: 2744 (21%)     median: 2741 (21%)     max: 2854 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 7113      avg: 7764.5 (20%)     median: 7845 (20%)     max: 8255 Points
3DMark 06 - CPU -
0% 100%
min: 2579      avg: 2879.9 (33%)     median: 2954 (33%)     max: 3093 Points
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 7718      avg: 7718 (48%)     median: 7718 (48%)     max: 7718 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 2.18      avg: 2.3 (13%)     median: 2.3 (13%)     max: 2.37 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 3831      avg: 3927.9 (46%)     median: 3912 (46%)     max: 4030 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 8159      avg: 8557.7 (24%)     median: 8556 (24%)     max: 8969 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 3130      avg: 3192.3 (48%)     median: 3191 (48%)     max: 3248 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 6939      avg: 7187.4 (21%)     median: 7080 (20%)     max: 7553 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M -
0% 100%
min: 15      avg: 15 (3%)     median: 15 (3%)     max: 15.2 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M -
0% 100%
min: 35      avg: 36.1 (2%)     median: 36 (2%)     max: 37 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M -
0% 100%
min: 842      avg: 852.3 (0%)     median: 851 (0%)     max: 866 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) -
0% 100%
min: 33210      avg: 38100 (18%)     median: 38100 (18%)     max: 42990 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) -
0% 100%
min: 29000      avg: 29750 (23%)     median: 29750 (23%)     max: 30500 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
0% 100%
min: 6.8      avg: 6.9 (88%)     median: 6.9 (88%)     max: 6.9 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

#0 Did not recreate cache, as it is less than 5 days old +0.002s ... 0.002s

#1 min, max, avg, median took 0.00022077560424805s +0.345s ... 0.347s

#2 return log +0s ... 0.347s

Reviews for the Intel Core i5 480M processor

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Acer Iconia-484G64ns (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 14.0")
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Asus N43JM-VX025V (NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M, 14.0")
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Asus U36JC-B1 (NVIDIA GeForce 310M, 13.3")
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Asus U36JC-RX197X (NVIDIA GeForce 310M, 13.3")
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Dell Inspiron 15R-2728MRB (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 15.6")
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Dell Inspiron 17R-1695MRB (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 17.3")
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Fujitsu Lifebook AH530-MF242DE (AMD Radeon HD 6530M, 15.6")
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Gateway NV59C70u (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 15.6")
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HP Envy 14-1210NR (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650, 14.5")
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HP Pavilion dv3-4305se (AMD Radeon HD 6370M, 13.3")
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HP Pavilion dv6-3298 (AMD Radeon HD 6550M, 15.6")
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HP Pavilion dv7-4283cl (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 17.3")
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HP Pavilion g7-1080ED (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 17.3")
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HP ProBook 4720s-XX802EA (AMD Radeon HD 6370M, 17.3")
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Lenovo IdeaPad Z360-091237U (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, 13.3")
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Lenovo IdeaPad Z560-0914-3YU (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 15.6")
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Samsung RC508-S01 (NVIDIA GeForce 315M, 15.6")
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Samsung RC510-S07DE (NVIDIA GeForce 315M, 15.6")
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Samsung RC710-S02UK (NVIDIA GeForce 315M, 17.3")
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Sony Vaio VPC-F13L8E/H (NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M, 16.4")
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Toshiba Satellite L635-S3104 (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, 13.3")
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Toshiba Satellite L650-1NC (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650, 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 5287U
   2.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4210H
   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 5257U
   2.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4308U
   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 4288U
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 4278U
   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 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 5300U
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 5350U
   1.8 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 5200U
   2.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Intel Core i5 5250U
   1.6 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 4200U
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i5 4250U
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core 2 Duo T9900
   3.06 GHz / 6 MB
- Intel Core 2 Duo T9800
   2.92 GHz / 6 MB
- AMD Kaveri FX-7600P
   2.7 GHz / 4 MB
» Intel Core i5 480M
   2.67 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
+ Intel Core i7 2649M
   2.3 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
+ Intel Core i5 540M
   2.53 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i5 460M
   2.53 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i3 5010U
   2.1 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i3 2370M
   2.4 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2012-05-26)