Intel Core i5-480M vs i5-2410M Laptop processor comparison


Intel i5 series of Processes are placed between i3 and i7, Though Intel may call it mid range CPU,  For most day to day function this is a very powerful high end Processor series.  Compared to processors  two years back,  even i3 series is much more powerful, the i5 takes it a notch.

The second generation i5 processors based on Sandy Bridge Architecture. They bring some of advanced media features, like better media conversion performance, and a whole new concept of  Processor Graphics. With the newer i5, there is on Turbo Boost, which provides increased speed when needed for high processor intensive applications.

Media rendering at 3D and 1080p will be much smoother and Intel Wireless Display to 1080p screens are possible. Overall the i5 2410 is better than the i5-480 or i5-540/i5-560 etc. But is it worth the extra money ?

Intel Core i5-2410M Processor Intel Core i5-480M Processor
Clock Speed 2.3GHZ 2.66GHz
No of Cores 2 2
Cache 3MB Intel Smart Cache 3MB Intel Smart Cache
64 Bit Yes Yes
System Bus 5 GT/s 2.5GT/s
Fabrication 32 nm 32 nm
Memory Support DDR3 -1066/1333 DDR3 -800/1066
Max Memory
Architecture Sandy Bridge Arrandale
Graphics Processor Graphics Integrated Graphics
Graphics Base
650MHZ 500MHZ
Graphics Output eDP/DP/CRT/HDMI NA
Intel Wireless
Yes No
Intel Anti-Theft
Yes No
Intel my Wifi
Yes No
4G WiMax Wireless Yes No

The answers are in the details, the newer processor improves the DDR3 support and also improves the overall processor performance even if the raw clock speed is less. So i5-2410M’s 2.30 GHZ is practically 30% faster than the i5-480M’s 2.67 GHZ. Same goes with the i5-560M and i5-580M processors.

Overall the Second generation i5 series offers more value and features than anything available in previous generation processors. Based on the cost, which is relatively equal always go for i5-2410M when you have a choice.

Below are the CPU benchmarks for popular i5 and i3 Series Mobile processors

Intel Core i5 480M @ 2.67 GHz – 2730
Intel Core i5-2410M @ 2.30 GHz – 3335
Intel Core i5 580M @ 2.67 GHz – 2865
Intel Core i5 560M @ 2.67 GHz – 2694
Intel Core i5 520M @ 2.40 GHz – 2359
Intel Core i5 430M @ 2.27 GHz – 2359
Intel Core i3 550 @ 3.20 GHz – 3091
Intel Core i3-380M @ 2.53 GHZ – 2314
Intel Core i3-2310M @ 2.1 GHZ – 2567

Intel Core i3-370M vs i5-460M Processor Comparison and Review

Intel Core i5-460M and i3-370M are used in most of the laptops, they are the new generation Dual Core processors. Intel Core i5-460M has a CPU speed of 2.53 GHz, cache is 3 MB Intel Smart Cache, 2.5 GT/s bus speed, maximum turbo speed of 2.8 GHz, with core ratio of 19, 766 MHz of Graphics maximum dynamic frequency, advanced technologies like Intel Turbo Boost Technology, Hyper threading technology, Virtualization technology, Fast memory access, Enhanced speed step technology, Flex memory access and etc.

Intel Core i3-370M has a CPU speed of 2.4 GHz, cache, bus speed and instruction set are same as Intel Core i5-460M, core ratio of 18, graphics maximum dynamic frequency of 667 MHz, 2.93 GHz of maximum turbo frequency, advanced technologies like Hyper threading technology, Virtualization technology, Fast memory access, Enhanced speed step technology, Flex memory access and etc are present which are also found in Intel Core i5-460M except for Intel Turbo Boost Technology.

The i5 460 offers a reasonable performance boost compared to the i3 370, but to see a considerable performance boost other features of the laptop also needs to be better. If the price difference is more than $50 it doesnt make sense to upgrade to i5 460.

Technical Specifications :

Intel Core i5-460M :
CPU Benchmark – 2569, CPU Speed – 2.53 GHz, Cache – 3 MB Intel Smart Cache, Bus Speed – 2.5 GT/s, Code Name – Arrandale, Thermal – 105 C, Number of cores – 2, Instruction Set – 64 bit, Graphics maximum dynamic frequency – 766 MHz.

Intel Core i3-370M :
CPU Benchmark – 2206, CPU Speed – 2.4 GHz, Cache – 3 MB Intel Smart Cache, Bus Speed – 2.5 GT/s, Code Name – Arrandale, Thermal – 90 C for rPGA 105 C for BGA, Number of cores – 2, Instruction Set – 64 bit,  Graphics maximum dynamic frequency – 667 MHz.