Intel Core i5-540UM vs Intel Core i5-480M vs Intel Core i5-450M

Intel Core i5-540UM

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The Intel Core i5-540UM is a Ultra Low Voltage dual-core processor for small and light laptops. It is clocked with 1.2 - 2 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). AES, VT-d and Trusted Execution are activated (compared to the 430UM).

A feature of the new Core i5-540UM 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 i5-540UM 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 2 GHz may not be important.

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 i5-480M

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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 i5-450M

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The Intel Core i5-450M is a dual-core laptop CPU and clocks (due to Turbo Boost) with max. 2.4 - 2.66 GHz. Both cores are based on the Nehalem (Westmere) micro-architecture and due to Hyperthreading the processor is able to work with 4 threads simultaneously. The performance of the i5 is in the mid-range. The i5-450M is similar to the Core i5-520M, but the 450M does not offer AES functions.

A feature of the new Core i5-450M 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 450M 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 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.

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: Core i5 Arrandale
Intel Core i5-580M2666 - 3333 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560M2667 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-480M2666 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540M2530 - 3066 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-460M2530 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520M2400 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-450M2400 - 2660 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430M2260 - 2533 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560UM1333 - 2130 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-470UM1333 - 1867 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-540UM1200 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520UM1060 - 1866 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430UM1200 - 1730 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-580M2666 - 3333 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560M2667 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-480M2666 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540M2530 - 3066 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-460M2530 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520M2400 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-450M2400 - 2660 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430M2260 - 2533 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560UM1333 - 2130 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-470UM1333 - 1867 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540UM1200 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520UM1060 - 1866 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430UM1200 - 1730 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-580M2666 - 3333 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560M2667 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-480M2666 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540M2530 - 3066 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-460M2530 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520M2400 - 2933 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-450M2400 - 2660 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430M2260 - 2533 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-560UM1333 - 2130 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-470UM1333 - 1867 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-540UM1200 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-520UM1060 - 1866 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-430UM1200 - 1730 MHz2 / 43 MB
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Intel HD Graphics 166-500MHz, DDR3-800 Memory Controller, Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization Technology VT-x, Intel 64, Idle States, Enhanced Speedstep, Thermal Monitoring, Fast Memory Access, Flex Memory Access, Execute Disable Bitintegrated DDR3 memory controller, GMA HD Graphics (500-766MHz), MMX, SSE (1,2,3,3S, 4.1, 3.2), EM64T, VT-xHD Graphics (500-766MHz), DDR3-800/1066 Memory Controller (max. 8 GB), Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization VT-x, Intel 64, Idle States, Enhanced Speedstep, Execute Disable Bit, MMX, SSE (1, 2, 3, 3S, 4.1, 4.2)
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
480M +
min: 2.18     avg: 2.3     median: 2.3 (9%)     max: 2.37 Points
min: 1.71     avg: 2.1     median: 2.2 (8%)     max: 2.19 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
480M +
min: 3130     avg: 3192.3     median: 3191 (35%)     max: 3248 Points
min: 2512     avg: 2881.9     median: 2922.5 (32%)     max: 3020 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
480M +
min: 6939     avg: 7187.4     median: 7080 (14%)     max: 7553 Points
min: 5580     avg: 6649.5     median: 6778.5 (14%)     max: 6945 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
480M +
min: 8159     avg: 8557.7     median: 8556 (11%)     max: 8969 Points
min: 7440     avg: 8070.3     median: 8094 (11%)     max: 8329 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
480M +
min: 3831     avg: 3927.9     median: 3912 (38%)     max: 4030 Points
min: 3012     avg: 3548.6     median: 3628 (35%)     max: 3690 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
100%
480M +
min: 539     avg: 563.8     median: 556.6 (7%)     max: 600.245 seconds
min: 589     avg: 900.9     median: 634.3 (7%)     max: 1933.02 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
100%
480M +
min: 17     avg: 18     median: 18 (4%)     max: 19.19 seconds
100%
450M +
min: 18.85     avg: 28.5     median: 20 (4%)     max: 59.233 seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
480M +
min: 2579     avg: 2879.9     median: 2954 (21%)     max: 3093 Points
min: 2571     avg: 2768.5     median: 2795 (19%)     max: 2840 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
480M +
min: 15     avg: 15     median: 15 (3%)     max: 15.2 Seconds
100%
450M +
min: 16     avg: 16.6     median: 16.4 (4%)     max: 18 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
480M +
min: 35     avg: 36.1     median: 36 (2%)     max: 37 Seconds
100%
450M +
min: 38     avg: 39.6     median: 39.4 (2%)     max: 41.3 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
480M +
min: 842     avg: 852.3     median: 851 (4%)     max: 866 Seconds
100%
450M +
min: 877     avg: 916.6     median: 913.5 (4%)     max: 984 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
480M +
min: 33210     avg: 38100     median: 38100 (18%)     max: 42990 MIPS
min: 30620     avg: 32730     median: 31630 (15%)     max: 37850 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
480M +
min: 29000     avg: 29750     median: 29750 (23%)     max: 30500 MFLOPS
min: 27000     avg: 29144     median: 27680 (21%)     max: 35580 MFLOPS
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
100%
480M +
7718 Points (48%)
6346 Points (40%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
480M +
min: 6.8     avg: 6.9     median: 6.9 (88%)     max: 6.9 points
min: 6.5     avg: 6.8     median: 6.8 (87%)     max: 6.8 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
480M +
min: 7113     avg: 7764.5     median: 7845 (13%)     max: 8255 Points
min: 7076     avg: 7488.8     median: 7585 (13%)     max: 7637 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
480M +
min: 2640     avg: 2744     median: 2741 (15%)     max: 2854 points
2222 points (12%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-480M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-450M → 94%

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