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Front view of Intel Core i7 660UE

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 660UE

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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
Lower typical power consumption 14.63W vs 28.44W Around 50% lower typical power consumption
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Lower annual home energy cost 4.34 $/year vs 8.43 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 15.77 $/year vs 30.66 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Aug, 2010 vs Jan, 2010 Release date 6 months later
Front view of Intel Core i5 540M

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Intel Core i5 540M

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.53 GHz vs 1.33 GHz More than 90% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.07 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 30% higher turbo clock speed
Much higher GPU clock speed 500 MHz vs 166 MHz More than 3x higher GPU clock speed
Much better turbo clock speed 766 MHz vs 500 MHz Around 55% better turbo clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.03 GHz vs 1.33 GHz More than 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.53 GHz vs 1.33 GHz More than 90% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Core i7 660UE  vs i5 540M 

clock speed

Core i7 660UE
1.33 GHz
Core i5 540M
2.53 GHz

turbo clock speed

Core i7 660UE
2.4 GHz
Core i5 540M
3.07 GHz

L2 cache

gpu clock speed

Core i7 660UE
166 MHz
Core i5 540M
500 MHz

overclocked clock speed (air)

Core i7 660UE
1.33 GHz
Core i5 540M
3.03 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Core i7 660UE
1.33 GHz
Core i5 540M
2.53 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 660UE  vs
i5 540M 
Clock speed 1.33 GHz 2.53 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.07 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
BGA 1288
Is unlocked No No

features

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

power consumption

TDP 18W 35W
Annual home energy cost 4.34 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 15.77 $/year 30.66 $/year
Typical power consumption 14.63W 28.44W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 2,500 MT/s 2,500 MT/s

details

Core i7 660UE  vs
i5 540M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 8 19

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 1.33 GHz 3.03 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.33 GHz 2.53 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 1.33 GHz 3.03 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 166 MHz 500 MHz
Turbo clock speed 500 MHz 766 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1066
DDR3-800
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes No
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s 17,066.66 MB/s
Maximum memory size 9,000.96 MB 8,192 MB
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