Intel Core i7-3540M vs Intel Core i7-3520M

Intel Core i7-3540M

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The Intel Core i7-3540M is the fastest dual-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture at the time of introduction in Q1 2013. Due to Hyperthreading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 3.0 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.7 GHz (for 1 active core). As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessor Core i7-2640M, it offers a 4 MB L3-Cache.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i7-3540M is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is about 5 - 10 % above the old i7-2640M.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1300 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the fastest variants.

Just like most other Ivy Bridge dual-cores, the i7-3540M is rated at a TDP of 35 W. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i7.

Intel Core i7-3520M

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The Intel Core i7-3520M is the fastest dual-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture at the time of introduction in Q2 2012. Due to Hyperthreading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.9 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.6 GHz (for 1 active core). As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessor Core i7-2640M, it offers a 4 MB L3-Cache.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i7-3520M is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is about 5 - 10 % above the old i7-2640M (see benchmarks below).

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1250 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the fastest variants.

Just like most other Ivy Bridge dual-cores, the i7-3520M is rated at a TDP of 35 W. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i7.

Intel Core i7-3540MIntel Core i7-3520M
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Ivy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i7 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i7-3940XM compare3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM compare2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM compare2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM compare2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM compare2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM compare2100 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-3540M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U compare2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U compare2000 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U compare2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U compare1900 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y compare1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3940XM compare3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM compare2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM compare2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM compare2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM compare2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM compare2100 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-3520M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U compare2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U compare2000 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U compare2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U compare1900 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y compare1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
3000 - 3700 MHz2900 - 3600 MHz
128 KB128 KB
512 KB512 KB
4 MB4 MB
2 / 42 / 4
35 35
22 22
105 °C105 °C
BGA1023, PGA988BGA1023, PGA988
HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000, DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1250 MHz)
Intel Core i7 3540MIntel Core i7 3520M
$346 U.S.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3.41     avg: 3.5     median: 3.5 (8%)     max: 3.49 Points
min: 3     avg: 3.3     median: 3.4 (8%)     max: 3.44 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.52     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (60%)     max: 1.54 Points
min: 1.41     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (57%)     max: 1.47 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5018     avg: 5030     median: 5029.5 (52%)     max: 5041 Points
min: 4408     avg: 4813     median: 4855 (50%)     max: 4903 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 10628     avg: 10811     median: 10810.5 (18%)     max: 10993 Points
min: 9112     avg: 10167     median: 10467 (18%)     max: 10605 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 13307     avg: 13435     median: 13434.5 (16%)     max: 13562 Points
min: 11581     avg: 12766     median: 12889.5 (15%)     max: 13151 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 6326     avg: 6414     median: 6414 (60%)     max: 6502 Points
min: 6029     avg: 6128     median: 6146.5 (57%)     max: 6203 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
471 seconds (6%)
min: 456     avg: 493     median: 492.1 (6%)     max: 569.853 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
14.9 seconds (3%)
min: 14.4     avg: 15.5     median: 15.4 (3%)     max: 17.097 seconds
WinRAR - Result
2940 KB/s (30%)
min: 2661     avg: 2863     median: 2715 (28%)     max: 3527 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
19.9 fps (12%)
min: 6.7     avg: 16.1     median: 18.9 (11%)     max: 19.44 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
105 fps (36%)
min: 35.1     avg: 86.2     median: 98.6 (34%)     max: 101.8 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.164     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.176 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.249     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.302 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.7 GB/s (0%)
min: 1.2     avg: 1.6     median: 1.7 (0%)     max: 1.7 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
min: 4267     avg: 4320     median: 4319.5 (29%)     max: 4372 Points
min: 3528     avg: 4086     median: 4134 (28%)     max: 4212 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
10.4 Seconds (2%)
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10 (2%)     max: 10.94 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
23.9 Seconds (1%)
min: 24     avg: 24.8     median: 25 (1%)     max: 25.866 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
557 Seconds (2%)
min: 565     avg: 591     median: 594 (3%)     max: 612 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 55800     avg: 63808     median: 67130 (32%)     max: 69140 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 41450     avg: 42502     median: 42450 (33%)     max: 44032 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.3 points (94%)
7.2 points (92%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
11749 Points (16%)
min: 9277     avg: 11188     median: 11511 (16%)     max: 11788 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 4391     avg: 4627     median: 4627 (21%)     max: 4863 points
min: 3582     avg: 4275     median: 4466 (20%)     max: 4774 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 40631     avg: 42023     median: 42022.5 (27%)     max: 43414 Points
39221 Points (25%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3424     avg: 3483     median: 3482.5 (9%)     max: 3541 Points
3393 Points (9%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 4929     avg: 4966     median: 4966 (16%)     max: 5003 Points
4772 Points (15%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3540M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3520M → 97%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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