Intel Core i5-2520M: specs and benchmarks
Intel started Intel Core i5-2520M sales 1 February 2011 at a recommended price of $225. This is Sandy Bridge architecture notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 2 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3200 MHz and a locked multiplier.
Compatibility-wise, this is PPGA988 processor with a TDP of 35 Watt. It supports DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 memory.
It provides poor benchmark performance at 2.56 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.
Of Core i5-2520M processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.
Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Information on Core i5-2520M compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.
Technologies and extensions
Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i5-2520M. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.
Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-2520M's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.
General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i5-2520M.
Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-2520M's integrated GPU.
Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.
Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i5-2520M. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.
This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.
3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.
Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.
Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.
Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core
Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.
Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.
Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i5-2520M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Let's see how good Core i5-2520M is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
This processor matches 86% minimum and 78% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
Overall Core i5-2520M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.
We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-2520M from AMD is Turion 64 MK-36, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.
Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-2520M: