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Intel Core i7-3520M (BGA) vs i7-4500U

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Intel Core i7-3520M (BGA) advantages

  • Operating frequency of the Intel Core i7-3520M CPU is higher than the frequency of the Intel i7-4500U.
  • The microprocessor incorporates F16C instructions, that were introduced in the recent past. These extensions are not widely supported by programs yet, however this should improve in future apps.

Intel Core i7-4500U advantages

  • The CPU is based on more efficient Haswell core, which is faster by 6% on average, or by 2% - 10% depending on application compared to similar clocked Ivy Bridge microprocessors.
  • The processor includes AVX2 and FMA3 instructions, that were introduced in modern CPUs not too far ago. These extensions are not broadly used by applications yet, but their support should improve in future apps.
  • Power consumption of the Core i7-4500U microprocessor is better.

i7-3520M vs i7-4500U specifications comparison

The charts below compare the most important characteristics of the i7-4500U and Core i7-3520M microprocessors. These features, along with an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a processor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph displays the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of extra threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for additional frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
4
 
4
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
4
3.2
2.4
1.6
0.8
0
 
 
3.6GHz
 
3GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
6000
4800
3600
2400
1200
0
 
 
4608KB
 
4608KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
15W
 
 
Lower is better

  - Intel Core i7-3520M (BGA)       - Intel Core i7-4500U

Detailed side by side comparison of i7-3520M vs Core i7-4500U specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core i7-3520M (BGA) Core i7-4500U
General recommendations:
Clocked higher,
Supports F16C instructions
  General recommendations:
Features AVX2 / FMA3 instructions,
Much lower power

Drawbacks:

Does not support some instructions,
Requires much more power
 

Drawbacks:

Runs at lower frequency,
Lacks some instructions

Similar processors

Core i7-3520M (BGA) Core i7-4500U
 

Similar processors use the same socket and architecture as Core i7-3520M (BGA) and Intel i7-4500U.

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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i7-3520M (BGA) and Intel Core i7-4500U pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i7-3520M (BGA)Intel Core i7-4500U
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i7 Mobile
Basic details
Model numberi7-3520Mi7-4500U
CPU part numberAV8063801028803CL8064701477202
Introduction dateJune 3, 2012June 2, 2013
 
CPU features
Core nameIvy BridgeHaswell
Platform name Shark Bay
MicroarchitectureIvy BridgeHaswell
Technology (micron)0.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketBGA1023BGA1168
Frequency (MHz)29001800
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3600 / 34003000
Clock Multiplier2918
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)512
L3 cache (KB)4096
Max temperature (°C)105100
TDP (Watt)3515
Cores2
Threads4
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+
AVX2 / Advanced Vector Extensions 2-+
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+-
FMA3 / 3-operand Fused Multiply-Add-+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Trusted Execution+-
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeHD 4000HD 4400
Base frequency (MHz)650200
Maximum frequency (MHz)12501100
The number of supported displays3
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, DDR3L-RS 1333, DDR3L-RS 1600DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, LPDDR3-1333, LPDDR3-1600
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)25.6
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For detailed specifications of "Intel Core i7-3520M (BGA)" or "Intel Core i7-4500U" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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