CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4200U vs 2520M

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?

TDP

Features

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Features and specifications that differ between products

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 4200U

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 4200U

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Newer manufacturing process 22 nms vs 32 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 28.44W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Marginally newer Jul, 2013 vs Feb, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Better PassMark (Overclocked) score 1,713.3 vs 1,230.7 Around 40% better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Better performance per watt 26.01 pt/W vs 13.28 pt/W More than 95% better performance per watt
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
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Significantly higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 55% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 25% higher turbo clock speed
More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly better turbo clock speed 1,300 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 30% better turbo clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better performance per dollar 3.6 pt/$ vs 1.39 pt/$ More than 2.5x better performance per dollar
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.03 GHz vs 2.48 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 4200U vs 2520M

GeekBench

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Passmark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 4200U  vs
2520M 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 2.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.6 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Is unlocked No No
Is hyperthreaded Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
AVX
SSE3
FMA3
SSE2
EM64T
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4
AVX 2.0
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

gpu

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4400 HD Graphics 3000
Number of displays supported 3 2
GPU clock speed 200 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz 1,300 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3L-1333
LPDDR3-1600
LPDDR3-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB 16,384 MB

details

Core i5 4200U  vs
2520M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.48 GHz 3.03 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.6 GHz 2.5 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,713.3 1,230.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.48 GHz 3.03 GHz

power consumption

TDP 15W 35W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 26.01 pt/W 13.28 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 28.44W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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