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Intel Core i5-480M vs Intel Core i5-540M

Intel Core i5-480M

► remove from comparison Intel 480M

The Intel Core i5-480M is a mid-range dual core CPU for laptops and clocks (due to the Turbo Mode) from 2.66 to 2.9 GHz. Each core is based on the Nehalem (Westmere) micro-architecture. Hyperthreading enables the Dual Core CPU to handle 4 threads at once (for a better usage of the pipeline). Compared to the Core i5-540M, the 480M does most likely not support AES, VT-d and Trusted Execution functions and features a slower Turbo Boost (2.9 versus 3.06 GHz). However, the base clock rate is slightly higher.

A feature of the new Core i5-480M is the integrated graphics card called GMA HD and memory controller. Both are on a separate die that is still manufactured in 45nm whereas the CPU die is already manufactured in the new 32nm process.

The performance of the Core i5-480M is on average faster than a 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo T9800 and in some benchmarks even faster than the fastest Core 2 Duo T9900 (e.g. 3DMark 06 CPU Score). Therefore, the Core i5-480M is a high end dual core cpu which should handle all daily work and gaming tasks. Only the quad core i7 CPUs can be noticeably faster at tasks that require four or more threads (e.g. rendering).

The integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (GMA HD) graphics card is known to be clocked up to 500-766 MHz and should be clearly faster than the old GMA 4500MHD. A GeForce 9400M (ION) should still be a faster (especially as Nvidia and ATI cards have a better driver support than Intel up to now). According to rumors, the GMA core will also use the Turbo Mode regulate the clock speed.

The power consumption of 35 Watt TDP (max.) counts for the whole package and therefore it is clearly better than the 35 Watt TDP of the Core 2 Duo T-series (CPU alone). Due to the Turbo Boost, the Core i5 is likely to use the whole TDP of 35 Watt under load and therefore can use more power than a similar specified Core 2 Duo. In Idle mode, the i5 uses clearly less power than the Core 2 Duo CPUs.

Intel Core i5-540M

► remove from comparison Intel 540M

The Intel Core i5-540M is a mid-range dual core CPU for laptops and clocks (due to the Turbo Mode) from 2.53 to 3.06 GHz. Each core is based on the Nehalem (Westmere) micro-architecture. Hyperthreading enables the Dual Core CPU to handle 4 threads at once (for a better usage of the pipeline). Compared to the faster Core i7-620M, the 540M only has 3 MB Level 3 Cache and a lower clock speed.

A feature of the new Core i5-540M is the integrated graphics card called GMA HD and memory controller. Both are on a separate die that is still manufactured in 45nm whereas the CPU die is already manufactured in the new 32nm process.

The performance of the Core i5-540M is on average faster than a 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo T9800 and in some benchmarks even faster than the fastest Core 2 Duo T9900 (e.g. 3DMark 06 CPU Score). Therefore, the Core i5-540M is a high end dual core cpu which should handle all daily work and gaming tasks. Only the quad core i7 CPUs can be noticeably faster at tasks that require four or more threads (e.g. rendering).

The 32nm cpu cores of the Westmere generation can also process some new instructions to accelerate AES encryptions.

The integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (GMA HD) graphics card is known to be clocked up to 500-766 MHz and should be clearly faster than the old GMA 4500MHD. A GeForce 9400M (ION) should still be a faster (especially as Nvidia and ATI cards have a better driver support than Intel up to now). According to rumors, the GMA core will also use the Turbo Mode regulate the clock speed.

The power consumption of 35 Watt TDP (max.) counts for the whole package and therefore it is clearly better than the 35 Watt TDP of the Core 2 Duo T-series (CPU alone). Due to the Turbo Boost, the Core i5 is likely to use the whole TDP of 35 Watt under load and therefore can use more power than a similar specified Core 2 Duo. In Idle mode, the i5 uses clearly less power than the Core 2 Duo CPUs.

Intel Core i5-480MIntel Core i5-540M
Intel Core i5Intel Core i5
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Series: Core i5 Arrandale
Intel Core i5-580M compare2.67 - 3.33 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560M compare2.67 - 3.2 GHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-480M2.67 - 2.93 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540M2.53 - 3.07 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-460M compare2.53 - 2.8 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520M compare2.4 - 2.93 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-450M compare2.4 - 2.66 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430M compare2.26 - 2.53 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560UM compare1.33 - 2.13 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-470UM compare1.33 - 1.87 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540UM compare1.2 - 2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520UM compare1.06 - 1.87 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430UM compare1.2 - 1.73 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-580M compare2.67 - 3.33 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560M compare2.67 - 3.2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-480M2.67 - 2.93 GHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-540M2.53 - 3.07 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-460M compare2.53 - 2.8 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520M compare2.4 - 2.93 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-450M compare2.4 - 2.66 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430M compare2.26 - 2.53 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560UM compare1.33 - 2.13 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-470UM compare1.33 - 1.87 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540UM compare1.2 - 2 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520UM compare1.06 - 1.87 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430UM compare1.2 - 1.73 GHz2 / 43 MB
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81+114 mm281+114 mm2
105 °C105 °C
BGA1288, PGA988BGA1288, PGA988
integrated DDR3 memory controller, GMA HD Graphics (500-766MHz), MMX, SSE (1,2,3,3S, 4.1, 3.2), EM64T, VT-xTurbo Boost, Hyper Threading, Enhanced Speedstep, integrierte GMA HD 733MHz,
Architecturex86x86
Intel Core i5 480MIntel Core i5 540M
$257 U.S.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
480M +
min: 2.18     avg: 2.3     median: 2.3 (4%)     max: 2.37 Points
min: 2.16     avg: 2.2     median: 2.2 (4%)     max: 2.29 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
480M +
min: 3130     avg: 3192     median: 3191 (28%)     max: 3248
min: 3061     avg: 3141     median: 3132.5 (28%)     max: 3214
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
480M +
min: 6939     avg: 7187     median: 7080 (11%)     max: 7553
min: 6545     avg: 6950     median: 7030.5 (11%)     max: 7211
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
480M +
min: 8159     avg: 8558     median: 8556 (8%)     max: 8969 Points
min: 7844     avg: 8349     median: 8408 (8%)     max: 8600 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
480M +
min: 3831     avg: 3928     median: 3912 (28%)     max: 4030 Points
101%
540M +
min: 3237     avg: 3785     median: 3938 (28%)     max: 3991 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
480M +
min: 539     avg: 564     median: 556.6 (7%)     max: 600.245 s
100%
540M +
min: 569     avg: 740     median: 576.8 (7%)     max: 1352 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
480M +
min: 17     avg: 18     median: 18 (4%)     max: 19.19 s
100%
540M +
min: 18.1     avg: 18.8     median: 18.5 (4%)     max: 19.9 s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
480M +
min: 2579     avg: 2880     median: 2954 (16%)     max: 3093 Points
min: 2643     avg: 2814     median: 2826 (16%)     max: 2905 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
480M +
min: 15     avg: 15     median: 15 (3%)     max: 15.2 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
480M +
min: 35     avg: 36.1     median: 36 (2%)     max: 37 s
100%
540M +
min: 35     avg: 36.2     median: 36 (2%)     max: 37 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
480M +
min: 842     avg: 852     median: 851 (4%)     max: 866 s
100%
540M +
min: 822     avg: 848     median: 850 (4%)     max: 867 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
480M +
min: 33210     avg: 38100     median: 38100 (18%)     max: 42990 MIPS
min: 32820     avg: 34953     median: 33495 (16%)     max: 40000 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
480M +
min: 29000     avg: 29750     median: 29750 (23%)     max: 30500 MFLOPS
min: 26630     avg: 27546     median: 26815 (21%)     max: 29923 MFLOPS
PCMark 05 - PCMark 05 - Standard
100%
480M +
7718 Points (48%)
min: 6030     avg: 6499     median: 6498.5 (41%)     max: 6967 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
480M +
min: 6.8     avg: 6.9     median: 6.9 (88%)     max: 6.9 Points
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
480M +
min: 7113     avg: 7765     median: 7845 (9%)     max: 8255 Points
101%
540M +
min: 7801     avg: 7897     median: 7904 (9%)     max: 7994 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 480M +
min: 2640     avg: 2744     median: 2741 (10%)     max: 2854 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-480M → 100% n=16

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-540M → 97% n=16

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