Intel Core i5-2557M vs Intel Core i5-2540M vs Intel Core i5-2410M

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 i5-2540M

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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 i5-2410M

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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.

Intel Core i5-2557MIntel Core i5-2540MIntel Core i5-2410M
Intel Core i5Intel Core i5Intel Core i5
Sandy BridgeSandy BridgeSandy Bridge
: Core i5 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i5-2540M2.6 - 3.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2520M2.5 - 3.2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2450M2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2435M2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2430M2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2415M2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2410M2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-2557M1.7 - 2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2467M1.6 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2537M1.4 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-2540M2.6 - 3.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2520M2.5 - 3.2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2450M2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2435M2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2430M2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2415M2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2410M2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2557M1.7 - 2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2467M1.6 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2537M1.4 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2540M2.6 - 3.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2520M2.5 - 3.2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2450M2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2435M2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2430M2.4 - 3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2415M2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-2410M2.3 - 2.9 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2557M1.7 - 2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2467M1.6 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-2537M1.4 - 2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
1700 - 2700 MHz2600 - 3300 MHz2300 - 2900 MHz
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17 35 35
624 624 624
32 32 32
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100 °C100 °C100 °C
BGA1023rPGA988B, BGA1023rPGA988B / BGA1023
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 (650-1300MHz), 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 (350 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1200 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$250 U.S.$266 U.S.
Intel Core i5 2557MIntel Core i5 2540MIntel Core i5 2410M

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2.18     avg: 2.2     median: 2.2 (4%)     max: 2.25 Points
min: 2.77     avg: 2.9     median: 3 (6%)     max: 2.98 Points
min: 2.19     avg: 2.6     median: 2.6 (5%)     max: 2.61 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: 3382     avg: 3419     median: 3419 (31%)     max: 3456
min: 3923     avg: 4135     median: 4171 (37%)     max: 4234
min: 3066     avg: 3642     median: 3663 (33%)     max: 3733
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 6223     avg: 6534     median: 6533.5 (11%)     max: 6844
min: 8386     avg: 8998     median: 9109 (15%)     max: 9259
min: 6005     avg: 7880     median: 7962.5 (13%)     max: 8116
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 8266     avg: 8308     median: 8307.5 (8%)     max: 8349 Points
min: 10077     avg: 10797     median: 10935.5 (10%)     max: 11242 Points
min: 7559     avg: 9451     median: 9618 (9%)     max: 9840 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4201     avg: 4203     median: 4202.5 (32%)     max: 4204 Points
min: 4816     avg: 5105     median: 5194 (39%)     max: 5276 Points
min: 3093     avg: 4482     median: 4545 (34%)     max: 4670 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 764.61     avg: 769     median: 768.5 (9%)     max: 772.419 s
min: 511     avg: 545     median: 537.3 (6%)     max: 595.436 s
min: 584.1     avg: 627     median: 591.4 (7%)     max: 838.391 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 23.555     avg: 23.7     median: 23.7 (5%)     max: 23.773 s
min: 16.16     avg: 17.4     median: 17.2 (3%)     max: 19.159 s
min: 18.3     avg: 19.9     median: 19.1 (4%)     max: 26.301 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 2540M +
2229 (14%)
107%
1 2410M +
2382 (15%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 2410M +
14.3 fps (6%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 2410M +
76.3 fps (23%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 2540M +
0.1 GB/s (0%)
85%
1 2410M +
0.1 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 2540M +
0.3 GB/s (0%)
85%
1 2410M +
0.2 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 2540M +
1.5 GB/s (0%)
87%
1 2410M +
1.3 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2738     avg: 2750     median: 2750 (15%)     max: 2762 Points
min: 3334     avg: 3632     median: 3682 (20%)     max: 3701 Points
min: 2702     avg: 3198     median: 3219 (18%)     max: 3271 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
14 s (3%)
min: 12     avg: 12.2     median: 12 (3%)     max: 13 s
min: 12     avg: 14.1     median: 14 (3%)     max: 25 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 33     avg: 33.5     median: 33.5 (1%)     max: 34 s
min: 27     avg: 28.6     median: 28.3 (1%)     max: 30 s
min: 30     avg: 32.3     median: 32 (1%)     max: 47 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 763     avg: 771     median: 771 (3%)     max: 779 s
min: 644     avg: 668     median: 662.8 (3%)     max: 699 s
min: 717.1     avg: 760     median: 743.7 (3%)     max: 1298 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 37300     avg: 38565     median: 38565 (18%)     max: 39830 MIPS
min: 48900     avg: 53760     median: 51870 (25%)     max: 60510 MIPS
53120 MIPS (25%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 28460     avg: 28470     median: 28470 (22%)     max: 28480 MFLOPS
min: 34400     avg: 36297     median: 36840 (28%)     max: 37650 MFLOPS
32000 MFLOPS (25%)
PCMark 05 - PCMark 05 - Standard
100%
1 2410M +
min: 7191     avg: 7287     median: 7287 (46%)     max: 7383 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
6.8 Points (87%)
7.1 Points (91%)
min: 3.4     avg: 6.8     median: 6.9 (88%)     max: 6.9 Points
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 7260     avg: 7452     median: 7452 (9%)     max: 7644 Points
min: 9338     avg: 9775     median: 9869.5 (11%)     max: 10023 Points
min: 5000     avg: 8505     median: 8680 (10%)     max: 8974 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 2540M +
min: 3439     avg: 3646     median: 3654 (16%)     max: 3836 Points
88%
1 2410M +
min: 1501     avg: 3173     median: 3211 (14%)     max: 3657 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 i5-2557M → 100% n=15

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2540M → 119% n=15

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-2410M → 111% n=15

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