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|
|No of Cores||2||2|
|Cache||3MB Intel Smart Cache||3MB Intel Smart Cache|
|System Bus||5 GT/s||2.5GT/s|
|Fabrication||32 nm||32 nm|
|Memory Support||DDR3 -1066/1333||DDR3 -800/1066|
|Graphics||Processor Graphics||Integrated Graphics|
|Intel my Wifi|
|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