Intel Core i5-2540M vs Intel Core i5-2520M vs Intel Core i5-2410M

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 i5-2520M

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The Intel Core i5-2520M is a fast dual-core processor released in Q1 2011. It is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture and offers Hyperthreading to run 4 threads simultaneously. Compared to the faster Core i7 family, the i5 offers smaller L3 cache at just 3MB. The base clock speed is 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost potential up to 3 GHz for 2 active cores and 3.2 GHz for 1 active core.

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most notable improvements are the new 256-Bit AVX instructions, updated Turbo Boost 2.0, and the integration of a GPU onto the same 32 nm die. 

The i5-2520M offers an integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics 3000) that is clearly faster than the older Intel HD Graphics in Arrandale CPUs. The GPU shares the same fast L3 cache with the CPU cores by utilizing a new ring bus. GPU clock rates in the 2520M core can run from 650 MHz up to 1300 MHz with Turbo Boost.

Furthermore, an improved dual-channel DDR3 memory controller is included and shared between the CPU and GPU.

Due to the new architecture and updated Turbo Boost 2.0, the average performance of the Core i7-2540M is higher than a similarly clocked Arrandale Core i5. Its performance in synthetic benchmarks should be similar to the old Core i5-560M for demanding workloads.

The 35W TDP rating includes the integrated GPU and memory controller as well as the CPU itself.

Intel Core i5-2410M

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The Intel Core i5-2410M is a fast 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 2.3 GHz but due to Turbo Boost it can reach 2.6 GHz (2 cores active) and 2.9 GHz (1 core active). Compared to the 2510M, the 2410M does not support AES, 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 i5-2410M 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 2410M it is clocked from  650-1200MHz (with Turbo Boost). The faster Sandy Bridge CPUs are clocked up to 1300 MHz (like the i5-2520M).

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 i5-2410M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i5. In our benchmarks, the 2410M 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.

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: Core i5 Sandy Bridge
» Intel Core i5-2540M2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2520M2500 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2450M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2435M2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2430M2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2415M2300 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2410M2300 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2557M1700 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2467M1600 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2537M1400 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2540M2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-2520M2500 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2450M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2435M2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2430M2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2415M2300 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2410M2300 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2557M1700 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2467M1600 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2537M1400 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2540M2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2520M2500 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2450M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2435M2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2430M2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2415M2300 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-2410M2300 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2557M1700 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2467M1600 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2537M1400 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
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HD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), 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, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 (650-1200MHz), DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 16GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1200 MHz)
$266 U.S.$225 U.S.
Intel Core i5 2540MIntel Core i5 2520MIntel Core i5 2410M

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
2.9 Points (7%)
2.8 Points (6%)
2.6 Points (6%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.3 Points (64%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3923     avg: 4135.4     median: 4171 (43%)     max: 4234 Points
min: 3370     avg: 3949.2     median: 4040 (42%)     max: 4110 Points
min: 3066     avg: 3642.3     median: 3663 (38%)     max: 3733 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 8386     avg: 8998.4     median: 9109 (14%)     max: 9259 Points
min: 7313     avg: 8515.8     median: 8814 (13%)     max: 8858 Points
min: 6005     avg: 7879.9     median: 7962 (12%)     max: 8116 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 10077     avg: 10797     median: 10935 (14%)     max: 11242 Points
min: 8789     avg: 10372.6     median: 10514 (14%)     max: 10797 Points
min: 7559     avg: 9451.4     median: 9618 (13%)     max: 9840 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4816     avg: 5104.9     median: 5194 (50%)     max: 5276 Points
min: 50     avg: 4703.1     median: 5004 (48%)     max: 5135 Points
min: 3093     avg: 4481.7     median: 4545 (44%)     max: 4670 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 511     avg: 545.3     median: 537 (6%)     max: 595 seconds
min: 526     avg: 555.3     median: 554 (7%)     max: 604 seconds
min: 584     avg: 627.4     median: 591 (7%)     max: 838 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 16     avg: 17.4     median: 17 (3%)     max: 19 seconds
min: 16     avg: 18.1     median: 18 (4%)     max: 21 seconds
min: 18     avg: 19.9     median: 19 (4%)     max: 26 seconds
WinRAR - Result
2229 KB/s (26%)
2382 KB/s (28%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
14.3 fps (8%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
76.3 fps (28%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.1 GB/s (7%)
0.1 GB/s (6%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (8%)
0.2 GB/s (7%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.5 GB/s (8%)
1.3 GB/s (7%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3334     avg: 3631.9     median: 3682 (25%)     max: 3701 Points
min: 3150     avg: 3469.4     median: 3541 (24%)     max: 3594 Points
min: 2702     avg: 3198.4     median: 3219 (22%)     max: 3271 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.2     median: 12 (3%)     max: 13 Seconds
min: 11     avg: 12.4     median: 12 (3%)     max: 13 Seconds
min: 12     avg: 14.1     median: 14 (3%)     max: 25 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27     avg: 28.6     median: 28 (1%)     max: 30 Seconds
min: 25     avg: 28.9     median: 29 (1%)     max: 31 Seconds
min: 30     avg: 32.4     median: 32 (1%)     max: 47 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 644     avg: 667.8     median: 662 (3%)     max: 699 Seconds
min: 623     avg: 676.7     median: 680 (3%)     max: 713 Seconds
min: 717     avg: 759.5     median: 743 (3%)     max: 1298 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 48900     avg: 53760     median: 51870 (25%)     max: 60510 MIPS
min: 49000     avg: 49675     median: 49675 (24%)     max: 50350 MIPS
53120 MIPS (25%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 34400     avg: 36296.7     median: 36840 (28%)     max: 37650 MFLOPS
min: 34390     avg: 34855     median: 34855 (27%)     max: 35320 MFLOPS
32000 MFLOPS (25%)
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 7319     avg: 7808.7     median: 7514 (47%)     max: 8593 Points
min: 7191     avg: 7287     median: 7287 (46%)     max: 7383 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.1 points (101%)
7.1 points (101%)
min: 3     avg: 6.8     median: 6 (86%)     max: 6 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 9338     avg: 9775     median: 9869 (14%)     max: 10023 Points
min: 7940     avg: 9053.2     median: 9214 (13%)     max: 9674 Points
min: 5000     avg: 8505.3     median: 8680 (12%)     max: 8974 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3439     avg: 3645.8     median: 3654 (19%)     max: 3836 points
min: 3306     avg: 3509.7     median: 3449 (18%)     max: 3754 points
min: 1501     avg: 3173.3     median: 3211 (17%)     max: 3657 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
29608 Points (19%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
2707 Points (7%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2540M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2520M → 98%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2410M → 95%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)