Intel Core i5-2557M vs Intel Core i5-2415M vs Intel Core i5-2430M

Intel Core i5-2557M

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The Intel Core i5-2557M is power efficient ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor for thin and light laptops. The base frequency of 1.7 GHz is relatively low, but due to Turbo Boost 2.0, the CPU may clock up to 2.7 GHz (on core loaded, 2.4 GHz with both cores loaded). However, this is depending on the cooling and power consumption of the laptop. Due to HyperThreading, the i5-2557M is able to handle 4 threads in parallel. Compared to the Core i7-2657M, the i5 offers less cache but a higher base clock speed and faster graphics turbo boost.

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 integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 clocked at 350 or 1200MHz (Turbo Boost). Due to the slower clock rate, compared to HD Graphics 3000 in 35W and 45W processors (usually clocked at 650-1100/1300MHz in non LV processors), the performance should be noticeable lower.

The performance of the CPU should be a bit higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i5. In our benchmarks (see below), the similar 2657M ULV processor was as fast as a Core i3-2310M due to the high Turbo Boost frequencies. However, the laptop cooling system has to keep the processor relatively cool for the Turbo Boost to work often.

The TDP of 17W (includes the integrated GPU and memory controller) allows the use of the 2557M CPU in small subnotebooks.

Intel Core i5-2415M

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The Intel Core i5-2415M 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 similar Core i5-2410M, the 2415M is manufactured with a smaller package and only for the BGA1023 socket. In difference 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 2415M 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 i5-2415M 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 2415M 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 i5-2415M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i5. In our benchmarks, the 2415M was able to beat the fast Intel Core i5-560M with 2.7-3.2GHz and is therefore suited for even demanding tasks. Detailed benchmarks can be found below and on the detail page of the similar Core i5-2410M.

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

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 i5-2557MIntel Core i5-2415MIntel Core i5-2430M
Intel Core i5Intel Core i5Intel Core i5
Sandy BridgeSandy BridgeSandy Bridge
: 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
1700 - 2700 MHz2300 - 2900 MHz2400 - 3000 MHz
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512 KB512 KB512 KB
3 MB3 MB3 MB
2 / 42 / 42 / 4
17 35 35
624 624 624
32 32 32
149 mm2149 mm2149 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
BGA1023BGA1023PPGA988
Turbo Boost 2.0, VPro, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization VT-x, Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d), Trusted Execution, AES, Intel 64, Anti-Theft, My WiFi, Idle States, Enhanced SpeedStep, Thermal Monitorin, Execute Disable BitHD Graphics 3000 (650-1200MHz), DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 8GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000, DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 8GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (350 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1200 MHz)
$250 U.S.$225 U.S.
Intel Core i5 2557MIntel Core i5 2430M

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 2.18     avg: 2.2     median: 2.2 (6%)     max: 2.25 Points
2.4 Points (6%)
min: 2.32     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (7%)     max: 2.71 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3382     avg: 3419     median: 3419 (35%)     max: 3456 Points
3666 Points (38%)
min: 3410     avg: 3741     median: 3787 (39%)     max: 3853 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 6223     avg: 6534     median: 6533.5 (11%)     max: 6844 Points
7444 Points (13%)
min: 7068     avg: 8075     median: 8222 (14%)     max: 8303 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 8266     avg: 8308     median: 8307.5 (11%)     max: 8349 Points
9156 Points (12%)
min: 8767     avg: 9782     median: 9912 (13%)     max: 10170 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4201     avg: 4203     median: 4202.5 (39%)     max: 4204 Points
4607 Points (43%)
min: 4425     avg: 4696     median: 4723 (44%)     max: 4809 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 764.61     avg: 769     median: 768.5 (9%)     max: 772.419 seconds
632 seconds (7%)
min: 564.08     avg: 596     median: 595.8 (7%)     max: 627.602 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 23.555     avg: 23.7     median: 23.7 (5%)     max: 23.773 seconds
19 seconds (4%)
min: 17.7     avg: 18.9     median: 18.9 (4%)     max: 20.079 seconds
WinRAR - Result
2236 KB/s (26%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
14.7 fps (9%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
76.5 fps (27%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.1 GB/s (7%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.4 GB/s (7%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2738     avg: 2750     median: 2750 (18%)     max: 2762 Points
2887 Points (19%)
min: 2878     avg: 3219     median: 3310.5 (22%)     max: 3375 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
14 Seconds (3%)
13 Seconds (3%)
min: 13     avg: 13.1     median: 13 (3%)     max: 13.4 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 33     avg: 33.5     median: 33.5 (1%)     max: 34 Seconds
31 Seconds (1%)
min: 30     avg: 30.4     median: 30.1 (1%)     max: 31 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 763     avg: 771     median: 771 (3%)     max: 779 Seconds
735 Seconds (3%)
min: 694     avg: 723     median: 716.5 (3%)     max: 765 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 37300     avg: 38565     median: 38565 (18%)     max: 39830 MIPS
46300 MIPS (22%)
min: 47280     avg: 50975     median: 50975 (24%)     max: 54670 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 28460     avg: 28470     median: 28470 (22%)     max: 28480 MFLOPS
9430 MFLOPS (7%)
min: 33000     avg: 33345     median: 33345 (26%)     max: 33690 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
6.8 points (87%)
6.9 points (88%)
min: 5.6     avg: 6.8     median: 6.9 (88%)     max: 7 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 7260     avg: 7452     median: 7452 (10%)     max: 7644 Points
min: 7748     avg: 9479     median: 8750 (12%)     max: 16921 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3084     avg: 3382     median: 3407.5 (17%)     max: 3631 points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2557M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2415M → 101%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2430M → 108%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)