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Front view of Intel Core i5 520M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 520M

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Much higher turbo clock speed 2.93 GHz vs None Compared to all cpus, 2.93 GHz turbo clock speed is just OK
Significantly higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.65 GHz More than 45% higher clock speed
Much better performance per watt 13.49 pt/W vs 3.09 pt/W More than 4.2x better performance per watt
Significantly better geekbench 3 single core score 1,867 vs 920 More than 2x better geekbench 3 single core score
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 3,737 vs 1,626 More than 2.2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.86 GHz vs 1.65 GHz Around 75% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher GPU clock speed 500 MHz vs 450 MHz More than 10% higher GPU clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz vs 1.65 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD G-Series GX-217GA

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AMD G-Series GX-217GA

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Newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 28.44W 2.3x lower typical power consumption
Newer Jun, 2013 vs Jan, 2010 Release date over 3 years later
Lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.3x lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 30.66 $/year 2.3x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 520M vs G-Series GX-217GA

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 520M
1,340,000 MB/s
G-Series GX-217GA
838.8 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 520M  vs
G-Series GX-217GA 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.65 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.93 GHz None
Cores Dual core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Single Channel
Supports ECC No Yes
Maximum bandwidth 17,066.66 MB/s 12,800 MB/s

details

Core i5 520M  vs
G-Series GX-217GA 
Manufacture process 32 nm 28 nm

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.86 GHz 1.65 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 1.65 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.86 GHz 1.65 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics AMD Radeon HD 8280E
GPU clock speed 500 MHz 450 MHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 15W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 3.61 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 13.14 $/year
Performance per watt 13.49 pt/W 3.09 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 12.19W
Intel Core i5 520M
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