Intel Core i5-580M vs Intel Core i5-460M vs Intel Core i5-540M

Intel Core i5-580M

► remove from comparison Intel 580M

The Intel Core i5-580M is a high end dual core CPU for laptops and clocks (due to the Turbo Mode) from 2.66 to 3.33 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 i7-620M, the 580M only has 3 MB Level 3 Cache.

A feature of the new Core i5-580M is the integrated graphics card called GMA HD and memory controller for DDR3-800/1066. 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 i5-580M 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 i5-580M should be faster than the T9900. Therefore, the Core i5-580M 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 i5-460M

► remove from comparison Intel 460M

The Intel Core i5-460M is a high end dual core CPU for laptops and clocks (due to the Turbo Mode) from 2.53 to 2.8 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 460M does not support AES, VT-d and Trusted Execution functions and features a slower Turbo Boost (2.8 versus 3.06 GHz).

A feature of the new Core i5-460M 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 i5-460M 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 i5-460M 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.

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» 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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Turbo Boost, Hyper Threading, Enhanced Speedstep, integrierte GMA HD 500-733MHz, Dual Channel DDR3 memory controllerintegrated DDR3 memory controller, GMA HD Graphics, MMX, SSE (1,2,3,3S, 4.1, 3.2), EM64T, VT-xTurbo Boost, Hyper Threading, Enhanced Speedstep, integrierte GMA HD 733MHz,
$266 U.S.$257 U.S.
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Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
580M +
min: 2.41     avg: 2.5     median: 2.5 (6%)     max: 2.5 Points
min: 1.7     avg: 2.2     median: 2.3 (5%)     max: 2.48 Points
min: 2.16     avg: 2.2     median: 2.2 (5%)     max: 2.29 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
580M +
min: 3511     avg: 3545     median: 3519 (36%)     max: 3606 Points
min: 2971     avg: 3106     median: 3080 (32%)     max: 3491 Points
min: 3061     avg: 3141     median: 3132.5 (32%)     max: 3214 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
580M +
min: 7591     avg: 7700     median: 7666 (13%)     max: 7842 Points
min: 6634     avg: 7073     median: 7085 (12%)     max: 7898 Points
min: 6545     avg: 6950     median: 7030.5 (12%)     max: 7211 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
580M +
min: 7549     avg: 8744     median: 9273 (11%)     max: 9411 Points
min: 8060     avg: 8437     median: 8468 (10%)     max: 9160 Points
min: 7844     avg: 8349     median: 8408 (10%)     max: 8600 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
580M +
min: 3535     avg: 4095     median: 4374 (41%)     max: 4377 Points
min: 3569     avg: 3807     median: 3818.5 (35%)     max: 4034 Points
min: 3237     avg: 3785     median: 3938 (37%)     max: 3991 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 460M +
min: 515.201     avg: 596     median: 575 (7%)     max: 836.6 seconds
100%
1 540M +
min: 569     avg: 740     median: 576.8 (7%)     max: 1352 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 460M +
min: 16.704     avg: 19.4     median: 18.6 (4%)     max: 27 seconds
100%
1 540M +
min: 18.1     avg: 18.8     median: 18.5 (4%)     max: 19.9 seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
580M +
min: 3126     avg: 3174     median: 3174 (21%)     max: 3222 Points
min: 2770     avg: 2938     median: 2945 (20%)     max: 3142 Points
min: 2643     avg: 2814     median: 2826 (19%)     max: 2905 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
100%
580M +
min: 13     avg: 13.3     median: 13 (3%)     max: 14 Seconds
min: 14.087     avg: 16     median: 16 (3%)     max: 18 Seconds
100%
540M +
15 Seconds (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
100%
580M +
min: 32     avg: 33     median: 33 (1%)     max: 34 Seconds
100%
460M +
min: 33.025     avg: 37.3     median: 37 (2%)     max: 42.6 Seconds
100%
540M +
min: 35     avg: 36.2     median: 36 (2%)     max: 37 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
100%
580M +
min: 769     avg: 781     median: 773 (3%)     max: 801 Seconds
100%
460M +
min: 781.78     avg: 918     median: 880 (4%)     max: 1521 Seconds
100%
540M +
min: 822     avg: 848     median: 850 (4%)     max: 867 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - Dhrystone
100%
580M +
43800 MIPS (21%)
38480 MIPS (18%)
min: 32820     avg: 34953     median: 33495 (16%)     max: 40000 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - Whetstone
100%
580M +
31750 MFLOPS (24%)
28160 MFLOPS (22%)
min: 26630     avg: 27546     median: 26815 (21%)     max: 29923 MFLOPS
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
100%
1 460M +
min: 5942     avg: 6910     median: 6880 (43%)     max: 7682 Points
94%
1 540M +
min: 6030     avg: 6499     median: 6498.5 (41%)     max: 6967 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
580M +
6.9 points (88%)
100%
460M +
min: 6.8     avg: 6.9     median: 6.9 (88%)     max: 6.9 points
min: 5.2     avg: 6.4     median: 6.6 (85%)     max: 6.8 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
580M +
min: 8375     avg: 8458     median: 8457.5 (12%)     max: 8540 Points
min: 6382     avg: 7659     median: 7826 (11%)     max: 7985 Points
min: 7801     avg: 7897     median: 7904 (11%)     max: 7994 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
1 460M +
min: 2402     avg: 2583     median: 2587 (12%)     max: 2756 points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-580M → 100% n=13

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-460M → 93% n=13

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-540M → 91% n=13

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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