January 3, 2012

Intel Core i5-2520M

The Intel Core i5-2520M is a high-end dual-core processor which was introduced during the first quarter of 2011. The Intel Core i5-2520M is based on Sandy Bridge architecture and offers HyperThreading technology in order to handle 4 threads at once. This second generation Core i5 processor has 128 KB Level 1 Cache, 512 KB Level 2 Cache, and 3MB level 3 cache and features a base clock speed of 2.5 GHz but because of TurboBoost technology its speed can increase up to 3 GHz when 2 cores are active and 3.2 GHz when only 1 core is active.

The Intel Core i5-2520M dual-core processor features integrated graphics controller called Intel HD Graphics 3000 which is clearly faster than the older Intel HD Graphics. Since the graphics controller is integrated in the CPU it shares the fast level 3 cache with the CPU cores. This integrated graphics controller is clocked from 650 to 1300MHz with Turbo Boost.

The Intel Core i5-2520M has a PassMark rating of 3586, which is quite faster compared to its sibling Core i5-2410M with a rating of 3350. This processor has a TDP rating of 35W.

The table below shows the Core i5-2520M processors' performance in terms of PassMark rating. The higher the rating, the better the performance of the processor.

Processors Passmark Rating
Intel Atom N435 246
Intel Atom N280 315
AMD E-240 317
Intel Atom N450 318
Intel Atom N455 321
AMD C-50 453
Intel Atom N550 567
AMD C-60 592
AMD E-300 595
Intel Atom N570 646
AMD E-350 APU 725
AMD E-450 768
Intel Core i3 380UM 1305
AMD Athlon II P360 1348
AMD A4-3310MX 1417
Celeron B800 1454
AMD Turion II P540 1497
Pentium T4500 1546
Pentium P6200 1624
Pentium P6300 1679
Intel Core i3-2367M 1842
AMD E2-3000M 1857
Intel Pentium B950 1976
Intel Core i5-2467M 2371
AMD A4-3300M 2196
intel Core i3-370M 2220
Intel Core i3 380M 2313
Intel Core i5-2557M 2590
Intel Core i5 460M 2612
Intel Core i3 2310M 2619
Intel Core i5 560M 2671
Intel Core i7 620M 2794
Intel Core i3 2330M 2803
Intel Core i3-2350M 3084
AMD A6-3410MX APU 3157
AMD A8-3500M 3166
Intel Core i7-2677M 3176
Intel Core i7 720QM 3294
Intel Core i5 2410M 3350
AMD A8-3510MX 3359
AMD A8-3530MX 3431
Intel Core i5 2430M 3484
AMD A6-3400M 3539
Intel Core i5-2520M 3586
Intel Core i7 2620M 3907
Intel Core i7 2640M 4209
Intel Core i7 2675QM 6144
Intel Core i7 2630QM 6334
Intel Core i7 2635QM 6574
Intel Core i7 2670QM 6804
Intel Core i7 2720QM 7040
Intel Core i7 2820QM 7495
Intel Core i7 2760QM 7586
Intel Core i7 2920XM 7680
Intel Core i7 2860QM 8012
Intel Core i7 2960XM 8861