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Intel Core i7-3540M

Intel 3540M

The Intel Core i7-3540M is the fastest dual-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture at the time of introduction in Q1 2013. Due to Hyperthreading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 3.0 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.7 GHz (for 1 active core). As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessor Core i7-2640M, it offers a 4 MB L3-Cache.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i7-3540M is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is about 5 - 10 % above the old i7-2640M.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1300 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the fastest variants.

Just like most other Ivy Bridge dual-cores, the i7-3540M is rated at a TDP of 35 W. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i7.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameIvy Bridge
Series: Core i7 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i7-3940XM compare3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM compare2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM compare2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM compare2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM compare2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM compare2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM compare2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM compare2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM compare2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM compare2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM compare2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM compare2.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-3540M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M compare2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U compare2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U compare2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U compare2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U compare1.9 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y compare1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate3000 - 3700 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)35 Watt
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Max. Temperature105 °C
SocketBGA1023, PGA988
FeaturesHD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date01/01/2013
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 3540M

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 3.41     avg: 3.5     median: 3.5 (7%)     max: 3.49 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.52     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (49%)     max: 1.54 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 5018     avg: 5030     median: 5029.5 (45%)     max: 5041 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 10628     avg: 10811     median: 10810.5 (18%)     max: 10993 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 13307     avg: 13435     median: 13434.5 (13%)     max: 13562 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 6326     avg: 6414     median: 6414 (48%)     max: 6502 Points
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4267     avg: 4320     median: 4319.5 (24%)     max: 4372 Points
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
11749 Points (14%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 4391     avg: 4627     median: 4627 (20%)     max: 4863 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 4929     avg: 4966     median: 4966 (13%)     max: 5003 Points
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- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Other CPUs of the series Core i7

» Intel Core i7-8809G
   4x 3.1 GHz - 4.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8709G
   4x 3.1 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8706G
   4x 3.1 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8705G
   4x 3.1 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4940MX
   4x 3.1 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6920HQ
   4x 2.9 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5950HQ
   4x 2.9 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4930MX
   4x 3 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6970HQ
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6870HQ
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4980HQ
   4x 2.8 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4910MQ
   4x 2.9 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5850HQ
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3940XM
   4x 3 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5700HQ
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5750HQ
   4x 2.5 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6820HK
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6820HQ
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6770HQ
   4x 2.6 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4900MQ
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4960HQ
   4x 2.6 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6700HQ
   4x 2.6 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4810MQ
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4870HQ
   4x 2.5 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8665U
   4x 1.9 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3920XM
   4x 2.9 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4800MQ
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4950HQ
   4x 2.4 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4860HQ
   4x 2.4 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4720HQ
   4x 2.6 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3840QM
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4850HQ
   4x 2.3 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4710HQ
   4x 2.5 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4710MQ
   4x 2.5 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8565U
   4x 1.8 GHz - 4.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4770HQ
   4x 2.2 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3820QM
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3740QM
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3720QM
   4x 2.6 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4700HQ
   4x 2.4 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4700MQ
   4x 2.4 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4760HQ
   4x 2.1 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4722HQ
   4x 2.4 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2960XM
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4712HQ
   4x 2.3 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4712MQ
   4x 2.3 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4750HQ
   4x 2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3635QM
   4x 2.4 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3630QM
   4x 2.4 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4702HQ
   4x 2.2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4702MQ
   4x 2.2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2860QM
   4x 2.5 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2920XM
   4x 2.5 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3615QM
   4x 2.3 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3610QM
   4x 2.3 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3632QM
   4x 2.2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2760QM
   4x 2.4 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2820QM
   4x 2.3 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3612QM
   4x 2.1 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2720QM
   4x 2.2 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2675QM
   4x 2.2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2670QM
   4x 2.2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6567U
   2x 3.3 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2635QM
   4x 2 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2630QM
   4x 2 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5557U
   2x 3.1 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4610M
   2x 3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-940XM
   4x 2.13 GHz - 3.33 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4600M
   2x 2.9 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4578U
   2x 3 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-920XM
   4x 2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3540M
   2x 3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4558U
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6600U
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6650U
   2x 2.2 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6560U
   2x 2.2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3520M
   2x 2.9 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-6500U
   2x 2.5 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5600U
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5650U
   2x 2.2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2640M
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5500U
   2x 2.4 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-5550U
   2x 2 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-840QM
   4x 1.86 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2620M
   2x 2.7 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4600U
   2x 2.1 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4650U
   2x 1.7 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3687U
   2x 2.1 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4510U
   2x 2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-640M
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.46 GHz
» Intel Core i7-820QM
   4x 1.73 GHz - 3.06 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8500Y
   2x 1.5 GHz - 4.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3667U
   2x 2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4500U
   2x 1.8 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4550U
   2x 1.5 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-740QM
   4x 1.73 GHz - 2.93 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3537U
   2x 2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3517U
   2x 1.9 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-620M
   2x 2.66 GHz - 3.33 GHz
» Intel Core i7-720QM
   4x 1.6 GHz - 2.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2649M
   2x 2.3 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-4610Y
   2x 1.7 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2629M
   2x 2.1 GHz - 3 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2677M
   2x 1.8 GHz - 2.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-660LM
   2x 2.27 GHz - 3.07 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2637M
   2x 1.7 GHz - 2.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2657M
   2x 1.6 GHz - 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3689Y
   2x 1.5 GHz - 2.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2617M
   2x 1.5 GHz - 2.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-640LM
   2x 2.13 GHz - 2.93 GHz
» Intel Core i7-620LM
   2x 2 GHz - 2.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-680UM
   2x 1.47 GHz - 2.53 GHz
» Intel Core i7-660UM
   2x 1.33 GHz - 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-640UM
   2x 1.2 GHz - 2.27 GHz
» Intel Core i7-620UM
   2x 1.06 GHz - 2.13 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i5-6267U
   2x 2.9 GHz - 3.3 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-4578U
   2x 3 GHz - 3.5 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-4210H
   2x 2.9 GHz - 3.5 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-920XM
   4x 2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-4330M
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-3540M
   2x 3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
- Intel Core i5-4200H
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.4 GHz
- Intel Core i7-4558U
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.3 GHz
- Intel Core i3-8121U
   2x 2.2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
- Intel Core i5-5257U
   2x 2.7 GHz - 3.1 GHz
- Intel Core i5-4308U
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.3 GHz
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Klaus Hinum, 2012-11-30 (Update: 2012-11-30)