Intel Core i5 540M 

Released January, 2010
  • 2.53 GHz
  • Dual core
6.2 Out of 10

But that doesn't spoil what is still a fantastic new mobile processor family.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)
If you're wondering how this is possible, it's down to features such as HyperThreading that come with the Nehalem-class architecture that underpins Intel's latest mobile chips.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)
Explore 1 laptop with the Intel Core i5 540M

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i5 540M among laptop CPUs (over 15W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i5 540M
5.8
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i5 540M
6.8
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i5 540M
n.d.
Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i5 540M
n.d.
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i5 540M
6.1
Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i5 540M
5.2
Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

6.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i5 540M
6.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i5 540M

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Core i5 540M
1,616
Core i5 520M
1,643

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 540M
3,870
Core i5 520M
3,737

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 540M
1,927
Core i5 520M
1,867

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 540M
1,400,000 MB/s
Core i5 2520M
2,080,000 MB/s
Core i5 520M
1,340,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 540M
3,761
Core i5 520M
3,593

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 540M
4,052
Core i5 520M
4,110

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i5 540M
2,425
Core i5 520M
2,403

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i5 540M
1,080
Core i5 520M
1,058

Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i5 540M


10.0
The issue on the desktop is that stuffing a relatively weedy integrated graphics core into a CPU does little but compromise the thermal footprint of what would otherwise be a stunning new 32nm dual-core processor from Intel.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Multicore

Meanwhile, you can also buy largely identical versions of this processor under the Core i3 and Core i7 brands.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)
Put another way, the brands Core i3, i5 and i7 do not align in any meaningful way with the underlying hardware.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)
And yet with its latest dual-core mobile chip, the Core i5-540M, Intel has still managed to blow away even our most lofty expectations.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)

Performance

It's a huge step forward in usbable laptop performance, possibly the biggest ever.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)
If that wasn't impressive enough, our early testing indicates that Intel has manged to deliver this massive increase in performance for pretty much the same power consumption.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)
It's nearly twice as fast in our HD video encoding and professional rendering benchmarks.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)

Type of CPU

But Intel has nailed it with its new mobile processor.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)
This is the first example in a laptop of what is typically known as a CPU-GPU fusion processor.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)
All of which means Intel's new mobile machines have just one major weakness, branding.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)

Socket Type

It's officially rated at 2.53GHz with a top Turbo of 3.06GHz and rocks 3MB of cache.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)
A wide range of laptops based on the new Core i3, i5 and i7 Mobile chips are already available from the usual suspects including Dell, Toshiba, Sony and the rest.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)

Applications

According to both Intel and its chief rival in the computer chip game, AMD, fusion processors are the shape of things to come.
by Tech Radar (Jan, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Clock speed 2.53 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.07 GHz
Cores Dual core
Socket type BGA 1288
Is unlocked No

features

Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. EM64T
  3. SSE4.2
  4. Supplemental SSE3
  5. SSE4.1
  6. SSE
  7. SSE4
  8. AES
  9. SSE3
  10. SSE2
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 14.32 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W

bus

Architecture DMI
Transfer rate 2,500 MT/s

details

Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 19

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.61 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.53 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 171.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.61 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 2
GPU clock speed 500 MHz
Turbo clock speed 766 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1066
  2. DDR3-800
  3. DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 17,066.66 MB/s
Maximum memory size 8,192 MB
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