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Front view of Intel Core i5 540M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 540M

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Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 81.25W 2.9x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 24.09 $/year 2.9x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 87.6 $/year 2.9x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of AMD A6 3450P

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AMD A6 3450P

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once

Features Key features of the Core i5 540M  vs A6 3450P 

L2 cache

Core i5 540M
0.5 MB
A6 3450P
4 MB

TDP

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 540M  vs
A6 3450P 
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
BGA 1288
FM1

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i5 540M  vs
A6 3450P 
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

power consumption

TDP 35W 100W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 24.09 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 87.6 $/year
Typical power consumption 28.44W 81.25W
Intel Core i5 540M
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AMD A6 3450P
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