Intel Core i5-520UM vs Intel Core i5-560M

Intel Core i5-520UM

► remove Intel 520UM

The Intel Core i5-520UM is a Ultra Low Voltage dual-core processor for small and light laptops. It is clocked with 1.06 - 1.86 GHz (if Turbo Boost is enabled). 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 i7-620UM, the i5 offers only 3MB Level 3 cache (i7 4MB) and a lower maximum Turbo Boost frequency. Other Core i5 CPUs (withouth the U in the name) are faster due to the higher clock speed, but need more power.

A feature of the new Core i5-520UM is the integrated graphics card (called Intel HD Graphics) 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.

Due to the integrated memory controller, the HyperThreading and Turbo Boost, the  Core i5-520UM is faster than a similar clocked Core 2 Duo (1.2 GHz) in all (us known) applications and benchmarks. Still the Turbo Boost may not trigger very often (sometimes it is even not activated in the BIOS) and therefore the maximum of 1.86 GHz is not very important. 

The 32nm cpu cores of the Westmere generation can also process some new instructions to accelerate AES encryptions. Modern applications that support AES encoding can profit significantly using the new instructions (e.g. the Communications Suite test in the PCMark Vantage boosts up to 70% using AES in the faster Core i5-520M).

The integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (GMA HD) graphics card is between 166-500 MHz (Turbo Boost) and therefore the base speed is clearly below the non low voltage versions. The performance should still be faster than the old GMA 4500MHD.

The power consumption of 18 Watt TDP (max.) counts for the whole package and therefore it is clearly better than the 17 Watt TDP of the Core 2 Duo SL-series (CPU alone).

Intel Core i5-560M

► remove

The Intel Core i5-560M is a high end dual core CPU for laptops and clocks (due to the Turbo Mode) from 2.66 to 3.2 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 i7-580M, the 560M a slightly lower maximum Turbo Boost frequency.

A feature of the new Core i5-560M 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 i5-560M should be a bit beyond the Core i7-620M and therefore the second fastest dual core CPU for laptops in 2010. Compared to the older Core 2 Duo models, the i5-560M should be faster than the T9900. Therefore, the Core i5-560M 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 i5-520UMIntel Core i5-560M
Intel Core i5Intel Core i5
ArrandaleArrandale
: Core i5 Arrandale
Intel Core i5-580M (compare)2666 - 3333 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560M2667 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-480M (compare)2666 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540M (compare)2530 - 3066 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-460M (compare)2530 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520M (compare)2400 - 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 i5-520UM1060 - 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 i5-560M2667 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-480M (compare)2666 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540M (compare)2530 - 3066 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-460M (compare)2530 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520M (compare)2400 - 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 i5-520UM1060 - 1866 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430UM (compare)1200 - 1730 MHz2 / 43 MB
1060 - 1866 MHz2667 - 3200 MHz
25002500
512 KB512 KB
3 MB3 MB
2 / 42 / 4
18 35
382+177 382+177
32 32
81+114 mm281+114 mm2
105 °C105 °C
BGA1288PGA988
Turbo Boost (1.86 GHz max), Hyper Threading, Enhanced Speedstep, integrated GMA HD 166-500MHzTurbo Boost, Hyper Threading, Enhanced Speedstep, integrierte GMA HD 500-733MHz, Dual Channel DDR3 memory controller
$241 U.S.$225 U.S.
Intel Core i5 520UMIntel Core i5 560M
128 KB

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
1.2 Points (3%)
200%
560M +
2.4 Points (5%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 1471     avg: 1981.3     median: 1942 (20%)     max: 2569 Points
170%
560M +
min: 3263     avg: 3345.8     median: 3306 (34%)     max: 3486 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 2785     avg: 3670.3     median: 3778 (6%)     max: 4340 Points
198%
560M +
min: 7411     avg: 7487.4     median: 7466 (11%)     max: 7592 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 3946     avg: 4599.5     median: 4632 (6%)     max: 5187 Points
192%
560M +
min: 8593     avg: 8868.8     median: 8877 (12%)     max: 9127 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 2263     avg: 2561.3     median: 2423 (23%)     max: 3135 Points
169%
560M +
min: 4001     avg: 4112.3     median: 4090 (40%)     max: 4268 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 995     avg: 1110     median: 1109 (13%)     max: 1224 seconds
108%
560M +
min: 536     avg: 555.2     median: 542 (6%)     max: 600 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 31     avg: 35.2     median: 35 (7%)     max: 38 seconds
104%
560M +
min: 17     avg: 17.9     median: 17 (3%)     max: 19 seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 982     avg: 1429.2     median: 1492 (10%)     max: 1718 Points
209%
560M +
min: 3061     avg: 3103.5     median: 3115 (21%)     max: 3122 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 24     avg: 26.7     median: 25 (5%)     max: 31 Seconds
103%
560M +
min: 14     avg: 14.4     median: 14 (3%)     max: 15 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 56     avg: 62.3     median: 58 (2%)     max: 73 Seconds
101%
560M +
min: 33     avg: 35     median: 35 (1%)     max: 36 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 1303     avg: 1439.3     median: 1341 (6%)     max: 1674 Seconds
103%
560M +
min: 789     avg: 804.5     median: 806 (4%)     max: 825 Seconds
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 2848     avg: 3571     median: 3925 (25%)     max: 3940 Points
177%
560M +
min: 6475     avg: 6964     median: 6964 (44%)     max: 7453 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 3     avg: 4.7     median: 4 (57%)     max: 5 points
150%
560M +
6.8 points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 3751     avg: 4064.5     median: 4064 (6%)     max: 4378 Points
203%
560M +
min: 8234     avg: 8242.5     median: 8242 (12%)     max: 8251 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-520UM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-560M → 156%

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

Add one or more devices and compare

In the following list you can select (and also search for) devices that should be added to the comparison. You can select more than one device.

restrict list:

show all (including archived), 2019, 2018
v1.8.1a
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Benchmarks / Tech > Processor Comparison - Head 2 Head
Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)