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AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor Review

November 15th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor is the new processor from AMD for laptops and notebooks.The model number of this processor is M520 and the operating frequency of AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor is 2.3 Giga Hertz. AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor has a DDR2 SDRAM memory controller which can support a dual channel 400 Mega Hertz DDR2 RAM. There is also a single 16 bit 1.8 Giga Hertz Hyper transport Layer supported in AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor. The processor has total 638 pins. S1g3 is the type of socket supported by this processor. AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor is in market from September 2009. The Platform used for building this processor is Tigris and the processor core used for this processor is Caspian. The core stepping mode supported is DA – C2. 45 nano meter lithography technology is the technology used for the manufacturing of AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor. The data width supported is 64 bit and there are two cores that are supported. There is an integrated floating point unit that is available on the chip. There is a level cache memory of 64 KB per core available for instruction cache and data cache separately. There is also a level 2 cache of 512 KB per core available.

There are many advanced features that is implemented by AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor, namely 3D Now, MMX Technology, AMD64 technology, Hardware Virtualization technology and instruction set extensions like SSE, SSE2, SSE3 and SSE4A are supported. PowerNow Version 2.0 is implemented in AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor, which is a low power feature. The on chip peripherals are a 128 bit memory controller and Hyper Transport technology version 3.0. The maximum thermal design power consumed by this processor is 35 Watts. This can support a DDR2 Memory with refresh rate 800 Mega Hertz maximum. The associativity of the level 1 caches used as instruction cache and data cache are 2 way set associative. All the cache memories have 1 line per tag. There are many additional instructions supported by AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor, few of them are SYSENTER, SYSEXIT, MONITOR, MWAIT, CMPXCHG16B and CLFLUSH. Advanced Bit Manipulation is also supported in this processor. There are also many other advanced features supported by this processor, they are the following Model specific registers, machine check architecture, Hardware thermal control, memory type range registers, instruction based sampling, hardware P state control, nested page tables and THRMTRIP. There is a temperature sensor and time stamp counter available in this processor. Virtual 8086 mode enhancements are supported and watchdog timer supported is also available. OS visible workaround is also available in AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 Processor.

Benchmark of AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520

The passmark ranking for AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520 is 1385

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