Intel Core i5 2520M 

Released February, 2011
  • 2.5 GHz
  • Dual core
8 Out of 10

This is in direct opposition to the sleek, razor-thin Core M devices that Intel has previously demoed.
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CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i5 2520M among laptop CPUs (over 15W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

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PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

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PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

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Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

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CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

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Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i5 2520M
Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i5 2520M

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 2520M
Core i5 520M

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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Core i5 520M

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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Core i5 520M

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 2520M
2,080,000 MB/s
Core i5 520M
1,340,000 MB/s
Core i5 3320M
2,140,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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Core i5 520M

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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Core i5 520M

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

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Core i5 520M

PassMark (Single Core)

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Core i5 520M

In The News From around the web


More Intel Core M Coming Q4

by Ian Cutress |
All new CPUs are slated for a Q4 launch, which would mean that they might become available for end users in products on the shelf sometime in Q1 2015.
These initial CPUs should be properly available to the public in Q4 in devices such as the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro using the Core M-5Y70.
The fact that Chrome runs poorly — markedly worse than Internet Explorer — could be indicative of GPU driver issues, while the 3.5W TDP target Lenovo apparently locked in would explain the throttling behavior.
It’s possible that these weak performance figures and throttling issues are either caused by Intel drivers or by overly aggressive chip positioning.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 2.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core
Socket type rPGA 988B
Is unlocked No


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. AES
  3. SSE
  4. SSE2
  5. SSE4.1
  6. SSE3
  7. Supplemental SSE3
  8. SSE4.2
  9. AVX
  10. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 20.82 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W


Architecture DMI
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s


Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 25
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C


Overclock popularity 11
Overclocked clock speed 3.04 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,230.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.04 GHz

integrated graphics

Label HD Graphics 3000
Number of displays supported 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,300 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1333
  2. DDR3-1066
  3. DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB
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How's the computer now? Is it still alive fully working? I'm looking forward to buy one, but I'm not sure if it overheats a lot or if a cooling base is needed.
Bought a refurbed laptop with this cpu - hope worth the investment (previous laptop was a lenovo T410 Core i5 520M )
great CPU
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