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Core i5-480M Vs i5-2520M Comparison, difference benchmark

Core i5-480M Vs i5-2520M by Starred Reviews

The first generation Core i5-480M has been improved upon by the 2nd generation Intel’s Core i5 processors, and the most dominant improvement is in the area of integrated graphics unit. The processor performance take a decent boost, especially with the newer turbo boost 2.0

Table : Core i5-480M Vs Core i5-2520M Feature Differences

Feature Core i5-480M Core i5-2520M
Core Frequency 2.66 GHz 2.50 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 3.20 GHz
TDP Rating 35 Watts 35 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 32nm 32 nm


Table : Core i5-480M Vs Core i5-2520M Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Core i5-480M Core i5-2520M
PassMark Score 2765 3665
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better) 36 seconds 29 seconds
3D Mark 06 CPU 2950 3430
Windows 7 Experience Score 6.9 7.1

Clearly, core i5-2520M is able to outsmart the core i5-480M even with a lower clock frequency.

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 i5-2520M

The core i5-25200M 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 17:41 | #1

    Can I add …

    The Core i5-480M has a max DDR3 speed of DDR3-1066 while Core i5-2540M has a max speed of DDR3-1333. Sandy Bridge is a Phenomenal processor – at least for now.