Intel Core i5-520M vs Intel Core i5-540M

Intel Core i5-520M

► remove Intel 520M

The Intel Core i5-520M is a dual core CPU for laptops and clocks (due to the Turbo Mode) from 2.4 to 2.93 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 520M features only 3 MB Level 3 Cache and a lower clock speed (CPU and GPU).

A feature of the new Core i5-520M 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 i5 520M is on average faster than a Core 2 Duo T9500 and due to the Turbo Boost, single threaded applications run even better. Therefore, the Core i5-520M is as fast as high clocked Core 2 Duo CPUs and should handle most gaming and multimedia tasks well.

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 more likely uses the TDP under load than the older Core 2 Duo CPUs. Without any load, the i5 uses noticable less power.

Intel Core i5-540M

► remove 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.

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Intel Core i5-580M (compare)2666 - 3333 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560M (compare)2667 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-480M (compare)2666 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540M2530 - 3066 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-460M (compare)2530 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-520M2400 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-450M (compare)2400 - 2660 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430M (compare)2260 - 2533 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560UM (compare)1333 - 2130 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-470UM (compare)1333 - 1867 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540UM (compare)1200 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520UM (compare)1060 - 1866 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430UM (compare)1200 - 1730 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-580M (compare)2666 - 3333 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560M (compare)2667 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-480M (compare)2666 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-540M2530 - 3066 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-460M (compare)2530 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520M2400 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-450M (compare)2400 - 2660 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430M (compare)2260 - 2533 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560UM (compare)1333 - 2130 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-470UM (compare)1333 - 1867 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540UM (compare)1200 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520UM (compare)1060 - 1866 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430UM (compare)1200 - 1730 MHz2 / 43 MB
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Turbo Boost, Hyper Threading, Enhanced Speedstep, integrierte GMA HD 733MHz,Turbo Boost, Hyper Threading, Enhanced Speedstep, integrierte GMA HD 733MHz,
$225 U.S.$257 U.S.
Intel Core i5 520MIntel Core i5 540M

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
520M +
min: 1.97     avg: 2.1     median: 2.2 (8%)     max: 2.19 Points
102%
540M +
min: 2.16     avg: 2.2     median: 2.2 (8%)     max: 2.29 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
520M +
min: 2789     avg: 3017.3     median: 3046 (33%)     max: 3102 Points
103%
540M +
min: 3061     avg: 3140.8     median: 3132.5 (34%)     max: 3214 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
520M +
min: 6114     avg: 6660.8     median: 6753 (14%)     max: 6925 Points
104%
540M +
min: 6545     avg: 6950.4     median: 7030.5 (14%)     max: 7211 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
520M +
min: 7129     avg: 8021.6     median: 8165 (11%)     max: 8342 Points
103%
540M +
min: 7844     avg: 8348.8     median: 8408 (11%)     max: 8600 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
520M +
min: 1799     avg: 3636.1     median: 3732 (36%)     max: 3957 Points
106%
540M +
min: 3237     avg: 3785.2     median: 3938 (38%)     max: 3991 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
100%
520M +
min: 599     avg: 813.7     median: 623.5 (7%)     max: 1427.83 seconds
101%
540M +
min: 569     avg: 740     median: 576.8 (7%)     max: 1352 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
100%
520M +
min: 19     avg: 26.6     median: 20 (4%)     max: 44.633 seconds
100%
540M +
min: 18.1     avg: 18.8     median: 18.5 (4%)     max: 19.9 seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
520M +
min: 2602     avg: 2726.4     median: 2727 (19%)     max: 2817 Points
103%
540M +
min: 2643     avg: 2808.4     median: 2816 (20%)     max: 2905 Points
3DMark 06 - CPU - Standard 1280x1024
100%
520M +
2724 Points (65%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - Standard 1280x768 1280x768
100%
520M +
2785 Points (91%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 1280x800
100%
540M +
2863 Points (100%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
520M +
min: 15     avg: 16.7     median: 16 (3%)     max: 24 Seconds
100%
540M +
15 Seconds (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
520M +
min: 36     avg: 38.4     median: 38 (2%)     max: 44 Seconds
100%
540M +
min: 35     avg: 36.2     median: 36 (2%)     max: 37 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
520M +
min: 848     avg: 898.9     median: 871 (4%)     max: 1182 Seconds
100%
540M +
min: 822     avg: 847.6     median: 850 (4%)     max: 867 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
520M +
min: 31600     avg: 34552.9     median: 33240 (16%)     max: 39000 MIPS
101%
540M +
min: 32820     avg: 34952.5     median: 33495 (16%)     max: 40000 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
520M +
min: 25360     avg: 28514.3     median: 28250 (22%)     max: 35320 MFLOPS
min: 26630     avg: 27545.8     median: 26815 (21%)     max: 29923 MFLOPS
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
100%
520M +
8082 Points (51%)
min: 6030     avg: 6498.5     median: 6498.5 (41%)     max: 6967 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
520M +
min: 5.2     avg: 6.6     median: 6.7 (86%)     max: 6.8 points
min: 5.2     avg: 6.4     median: 6.6 (85%)     max: 6.8 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
520M +
min: 7304     avg: 7540.4     median: 7560 (13%)     max: 7658 Points
105%
540M +
min: 7801     avg: 7897.2     median: 7904 (13%)     max: 7994 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-520M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-540M → 100%

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