Intel Core i5-2540M vs Core i5-4310U

General info

Comparing Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
12.84
 
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Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core i5
 
Intel Core i5
Architecture codename
Sandy Bridge
 
Haswell
Release date
1 February 2011
 
19 January 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$266
 
$281
Price now
$90
 
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Technical specs

Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
2
 
2
Number of threads
4
 
4
Base frequency
2.6 GHz
 
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Maximum frequency
3.3 GHz
 
3 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
128 KB
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
512 KB
L3 cache
3 MB (shared)
 
3 MB
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
22 nm
Die size
149 mm2
 
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Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
100 °C
Transistor count
624 million
 
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64 bit support
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Compatibility

Information on Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
PPGA988, FCBGA1023
 
FCBGA1168
Power consumption (TDP)
35 Watt
 
15 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® AVX
 
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI
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+
FMA
+
 
-
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
My WiFi
+
 
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Turbo Boost
2.0
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading
+
 
+
Idle States
+
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
+
Flex Memory Access
+
 
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SIPP
-
 
+
Smart Response
no data
 
+
Demand Based Switching
-
 
no data
GPIO
no data
 
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Smart Connect
no data
 
+
FDI
+
 
-
Fast Memory Access
+
 
no data
AMT
no data
 
9.5
Matrix Storage
no data
 
-
HD Audio
no data
 
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RST
no data
 
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Security technologies

Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
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+
EDB
+
 
+
Secure Key
no data
 
+
Identity Protection
+
 
+
Anti-Theft
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Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U are enumerated here.
AMD-V
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+
VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
 
DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, LPDDR3-1333, LPDDR3-1600
Maximum memory size
16 GB
 
16 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
21.3 GB/s
 
25.6 GB/s

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U.
Max video memory
no data
 
2 GB
Quick Sync
+
 
+
Clear Video HD
+
 
+
Graphics max frequency
1.3 GHz
 
1.1 GHz
InTru 3D
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+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
2
 
3
eDP
+
 
+
DisplayPort
+
 
+
HDMI
+
 
+
SDVO
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CRT
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Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
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3280x2000@60Hz
Max resolution over DisplayPort
no data
 
3200x2000@60Hz

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
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11.2/12
OpenGL
no data
 
4.3

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
2.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
12
PCI support
no data
 
-
USB revision
no data
 
3.0
Total number of SATA ports
no data
 
4
Max number of SATA 6 Gb/s Ports
no data
 
4
Integrated IDE
no data
 
-
Number of USB ports
no data
 
4
Integrated LAN
no data
 
-
UART
no data
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i5-2540M 2.80
i5-4310U 3.00 +7.1%

3DMark06 CPU

i5-2540M 3682 +6.3%
i5-4310U 3463

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

i5-2540M 4171
i5-4310U 5897 +41.4%

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

i5-2540M 9109 +1.7%
i5-4310U 8960

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

i5-2540M 1.28
i5-4310U 1.28

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

i5-2540M 3 +3.4%
i5-4310U 2.9

wPrime 32

i5-2540M 17.22 +12.7%
i5-4310U 19.4

WinRAR 4.0

i5-2540M 2229 +3%
i5-4310U 2165

TrueCrypt AES

i5-2540M 2
i5-4310U 2 +0%

Passmark

i5-2540M 2239
i5-4310U 2397 +7.1%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
2 Mh/s
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i5-2540M and Core i5-4310U are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i5-2540M

Cheaper ($266 vs $281)
Higher maximum frequency (3300 vs 3000 MHz)
Higher base frequency (2600 vs 2000 MHz)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)
TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)
FMA4

Advantages of Intel Core i5-4310U

7.1% faster in synthetic tests
More powerful video core
Much newer (19 January 2014 vs 1 February 2011)
Finer manufacturing process technology (22 vs 32 nm)
Less power hungry (15 vs 35 watts)
AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2 - an extension to AVX, the set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
SIPP

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