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Intel Core i5-2430M vs Intel Core i5-2540M

Intel Core i5-2430M

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The Intel Core i5-2430M is a fast dual core processor at the time of introduction in Q3 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 2.4 GHz but due to Turbo Boost it can reach 2.7 GHz (2 cores active) and 3 GHz (1 core active). Compared to the 2510M, the 2430M does not support VT-d and Trusted Execution functions.

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements is the improved Turbo 2.0 and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. 

The i5-2430M 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 2430M it is clocked from  650-1200MHz (with Turbo Boost). The faster Sandy Bridge CPUs are clocked up to 1300 MHz (like the i5-2520M or the otherwise nearly similar i5-2435M).

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 i5-2430M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i5. In our benchmarks, the 2430M was able to beat the fast Intel Core i5-560M with 2.7-3.2GHz and is therefore suited for even demanding tasks.

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

Intel Core i5-2540M

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The Intel Core i5-2540M 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 2.6 GHz but due to Turbo Boost it can reach 3.1 GHz (2 cores active) and 3.3 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 i5-2540M 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 2540M 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 i5-2540M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i5. In synthetic benchmarks the performance should be on a level to the old Core i7-620M and therefore suited for even demanding tasks.

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

Intel Core i5-2430MIntel Core i5-2540M
Intel Core i5Intel Core i5
Sandy BridgeSandy Bridge
Series: Core i5 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i5-2540M2.6 - 3.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2520M compare2.5 - 3.2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2450M compare2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2435M compare2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-2430M2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2415M compare2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2410M compare2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2557M compare1.7 - 2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2467M compare1.6 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2537M compare1.4 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-2540M2.6 - 3.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2520M compare2.5 - 3.2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2450M compare2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2435M compare2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2430M2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2415M compare2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2410M compare2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2557M compare1.7 - 2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2467M compare1.6 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2537M compare1.4 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
2400 - 3000 MHz2600 - 3300 MHz
128 KB128 KB
512 KB512 KB
3 MB3 MB
2 / 42 / 4
35 35
624 624
32 32
149 mm2149 mm2
100 °C100 °C
PPGA988rPGA988B, BGA1023
HD Graphics 3000, DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 8GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 8GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$225 U.S.$266 U.S.
Intel Core i5 2430MIntel Core i5 2540M

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2.32     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (5%)     max: 2.71 Points
min: 2.77     avg: 2.9     median: 3 (5%)     max: 2.98 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
1 2540M +
1.3 Points (41%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3410     avg: 3741     median: 3787 (34%)     max: 3853
min: 3923     avg: 4135     median: 4171 (37%)     max: 4234
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 7068     avg: 8075     median: 8222 (13%)     max: 8303
min: 8386     avg: 8998     median: 9109 (15%)     max: 9259
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 8767     avg: 9782     median: 9912 (9%)     max: 10170 Points
min: 10077     avg: 10797     median: 10935.5 (10%)     max: 11242 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4425     avg: 4696     median: 4723 (33%)     max: 4809 Points
min: 4816     avg: 5105     median: 5194 (37%)     max: 5276 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 564.08     avg: 596     median: 595.8 (7%)     max: 627.602 s
min: 511     avg: 545     median: 537.3 (6%)     max: 595.436 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 17.7     avg: 18.9     median: 18.9 (4%)     max: 20.079 s
min: 16.16     avg: 17.4     median: 17.2 (3%)     max: 19.159 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
2236 (14%)
2229 (14%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 2430M +
14.7 fps (7%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 2430M +
76.5 fps (23%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.1 GB/s (4%)
0.1 GB/s (5%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.2 GB/s (5%)
0.3 GB/s (5%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
1.4 GB/s (5%)
1.5 GB/s (6%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2878     avg: 3219     median: 3310.5 (18%)     max: 3375 Points
min: 3334     avg: 3632     median: 3682 (20%)     max: 3701 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 13     avg: 13.1     median: 13 (3%)     max: 13.4 s
min: 12     avg: 12.2     median: 12 (3%)     max: 13 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 30     avg: 30.4     median: 30.1 (1%)     max: 31 s
min: 27     avg: 28.6     median: 28.3 (1%)     max: 30 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 694     avg: 723     median: 716.5 (3%)     max: 765 s
min: 644     avg: 668     median: 662.8 (3%)     max: 699 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 47280     avg: 50975     median: 50975 (24%)     max: 54670 MIPS
min: 48900     avg: 53760     median: 51870 (25%)     max: 60510 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 33000     avg: 33345     median: 33345 (26%)     max: 33690 MFLOPS
min: 34400     avg: 36297     median: 36840 (28%)     max: 37650 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
min: 5.6     avg: 6.8     median: 6.9 (88%)     max: 7 Points
7.1 Points (91%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 7748     avg: 9479     median: 8750 (10%)     max: 16921 Points
min: 9338     avg: 9775     median: 9869.5 (11%)     max: 10023 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 3084     avg: 3382     median: 3407.5 (12%)     max: 3631 Points
min: 3439     avg: 3646     median: 3654 (13%)     max: 3836 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 2540M +
29608 Points (19%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
100%
1 2540M +
2707 Points (7%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2430M → 100% n=20

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2540M → 107% n=20

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