Intel Core i5-2557M: specs and benchmarks

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Intel Core i5-2557M
Intel Core i5-2557M
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Year of release 2011
Performance 1.97

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i5-2557M sales 1 June 2011 at a recommended price of $250. 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 2700 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCBGA1023 processor with a TDP of 17 Watt and a maximum temperature of °C. It supports DDR3 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at

1.97%

of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of Core i5-2557M processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating1799
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesIntel Core i5
Architecture codenameSandy Bridge
Release date1 June 2011 (10 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$250of 305 (Core i7-870)
Price now$446 (1.8x MSRP)of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technical specs

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.

Physical cores2 (Dual-core)
Threads4
Base clock speed1.7 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed2.7 GHzof 5.3 (Core i9-10900KF)
L1 cache64K (per core)of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache256K (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache3 MB (shared)of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography32 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Die size149 mm2
Maximum core temperature100 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors624 millionof 16000 (Apple M1)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-

Compatibility

Information on Core i5-2557M 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.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketFCBGA1023
Thermal design power (TDP)17 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i5-2557M. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® AVX
AES-NI+
FMA+
AVX+
vPro+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
My WiFi+
Turbo Boost Technology+
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Flex Memory Access+
Demand Based Switching-
FDI+
Fast Memory Access+

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+
EDB+
Identity Protection+
Anti-Theft+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-d+
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-2557M's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size8.01 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth21.3 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i5-2557M.

Integrated graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 3000
Quick Sync Video+
Clear Video HD+
Graphics max frequency1.2 GHz
InTru 3D+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-2557M's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported2
eDP+
DisplayPort+
HDMI+
SDVO+
CRT+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2.0of 3 (Core i7-7700K)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i5-2557M. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

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.

i5-2557M 1.97
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
  • 3DMark06 CPU
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
  • Passmark

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.

i5-2557M 3419

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.

i5-2557M 2750

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.

i5-2557M 2

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.

i5-2557M 6534

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.

i5-2557M 1725

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i5-2557M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 5.1 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i5-2557M is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i5-2557M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-2557M by AMD is A8-5557M, which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

AMD A8-5557M A8 5557M
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Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-2557M:

AMD A10-5745M 102.03
AMD A8-6410 102.03
AMD A10-4657M 101.52
Intel Core i5-2557M 100
AMD A8-5557M 99.49
AMD A10-7300 97.97

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User rating

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