Intel Core i7 3540M 

Released January, 2013
  • 3 GHz
  • Dual core

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 3540M

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 3540M
9.12 mPixels/s
Core i7 3740QM
3.39 mPixels/s
Core i5 3320M
8.15 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 3540M
36.95 fps
Core i7 3740QM
199.6 fps
Core i5 3320M
123.42 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3540M

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3540M

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3540M
2,455,000 MB/s
Core i5 3320M
2,140,000 MB/s
Core i7 3740QM
2,470,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 3540M

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 3540M

PassMark (Single Core)

Core i7 3540M

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz
Cores Dual core
Socket type
  1. BGA 1023
  2. 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 25.32 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 4 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 30
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C


Overclocked clock speed 3.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,998.1
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.56 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,300 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type DDR3
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB
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