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Core i5-480M Vs Core i5-2540M Comparison, difference, benchmark

Core i5-480M Vs Core i5-2540M by Starred Reviews

The second generation core i5 Sandy Bridge Core processors have outsmarted the 1st generation Nehalem and Clarkdale processors.

Though the improvement is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, it is significant. Intel has merged the two dies into a single 32 nm Fabrication process. The performance of the integrated graphics has seen a significant improvement. The newer Turbo 2.0 further improves the performance, increasing Intel’s lead over AMD.

Table : Core i5-480M Vs Core i5-2540M Feature Differences

Feature Core i5-480M Core i5-2540M
Core Frequency 2.66 GHz 2.60 GHz
No. Of Cores 2 (4 Hyperthreads) 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
Cache Organization 512KB L2 + 3MB L3 3 MB L3 Smart Cache
Turbo Frequency 2.93 GHz 3.30 GHz
TDP Rating 35 Watts 35 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 32nm 32 nm




Table : Core i5-480M Vs Core i5-2540M Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Core i5-480M Core i5-2540M
PassMark Score 2765 3688
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better) 36 seconds 28 seconds
3D Mark 06 CPU 2950 3670
Windows 7 Experience Score 6.9 7.1

Some more details of Core i5-480M

The core i5-480M is a Mid level moderate performance notebook processor with impressive performance as evident by its benchmark results.
The integrate GPU provides entry level graphics performance. The GPU supports independent turbo boost with maximum turbo frequency of 766 MHz over its base frequency of 500 MHz.The Core i5-480M does not support the AES instructions and Intel Trusted Instructions.

Some more details of Core i5-2540M

The core i5-25400M is a relatively fast processor belonging to the 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor. The most characteristic improvement as compared to the 1st generation Intel Sandy Bridge processors is in the area of Integrated graphics powered by the Intel HD Graphics 3000 core. Integrated graphics is a part of the silicon and not a separate discrete component or a card. The Integrated graphics and the processor cores are all in one die unlike the earlier 1st generation processors, in which the processor and the integrated graphics were on separate die. The base frequency of the graphics runs at 650 MHz that can extend to 1.20 GHz depending upon the demand. The new Turbo boost 2.0 in the core i5-2520M significantly improves the performance of the processor. Communication with the chipset is using fast differential DMI Bus.

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  1. Anirudh Vaidya
    May 12th, 2011 at 17:39 | #1

    The Core i5-480M has a maximum DDR3 speed of DDR3-1066 which is improved upon to DDR3-1333 – This will lead to processor to memory speed increase.

    But this processor is expensive.