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AMD Turion II P540 dual-core processor review

October 26th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

AMD Turion II P540 has a nominal clock frequency of 2.4 GHz. It has two cores and has integrated DDR3 memory controller. In the integrated memory controller, the processor communicates with the memory directly which leads to faster processor to memory communication. This is unlike the Intel core 2 architecture, in which processor first communicates with the North Bridge which, in turn communicates with the memory. It communicates with the chipset using the high speed differential HyperTransport Bus.

The integrated memory controller leads to comparable performance for the AMD Turion ii P540 as compared to the similarly clocked Intel Core 2 processor. The intel core 2 processors do not have the integrated memory controller, leading to higher memory latency and which slows down the overall processor performance. On the other hand, Intel has been able to overcome this by use of larger cache memory.

The Turion ii P540 as well as the Intel Core i3-370M are both clocked at 2.40 GHz. Check out which one if faster in Turion ii P540 Vs Core i3-370M performance comparison.


The Turion ii P540 has a TDP rating of 25 Watts which is helpful in the design of low power and high battery life notebooks. The P540 does support the AMD hardware virtualization.

The Turion II P540 has a level 2 Cache of 2 MB.

Not much benchmarking results are available for the Turion ii P540. Some of the performance benchmark avialable at cpubenchmark indicate that this processor is faster than Intel Core2 Duo T8300 2.40GHz.

Some of the notebooks seen to be powered by Turion ii P540 include HP Pavilion 16 dv6z, Compaq Presario CQ62Z and HP Pavilion dv6-3120us.

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  1. February 1st, 2012 at 03:05 | #1

    Howdy, just reading through some old posts and I really do like this one. Sorry I’m so behind with the times! =0) We really appreciate the information.