Intel Core i7-3540M (PGA) advantages
- Higher base frequency of the CPU allows it to run multi-threaded programs faster.
- The Intel Core i7-3540M is 22% more energy efficient.
Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA) advantages
- More CPU cores on the i7-3740QM help to process multiple processes or heavily multi-threaded tasks.
i7-3540M vs i7-3740QM specifications comparison
The graphs below compare the most important characteristics of the i7-3740QM and Intel Core i7-3540M processors. These features, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a microprocessor 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
Higher is better
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
Lower is better
- Intel Core i7-3540M (PGA) - Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA)
Detailed side by side comparison of Intel i7-3540M vs Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA) specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.
Pros and Cons summary
|Core i7-3540M (PGA)|| ||Core i7-3740QM (PGA)|
Base frequency is higher,
Somewhat lower power
More cores improve multi-threading performance,
Supports more threads at once
Smaller number of CPU cores,
Handles fewer threads
Base frequency is lower,
Somewhat higher power consumption
Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as Core i7-3540M (PGA) and Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA).
Please visit Intel Core i7-3540M (PGA) and Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA) pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.
| ||Intel Core i7-3540M (PGA)||Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA)|
|Family||Core i7 Mobile|
|CPU part number||AW8063801108900||AW8063801105000|
|Box part number|| ||BX80638I73740QM|
|Introduction date||January 20, 2013||September 30, 2012|
|Current official price|| ||$378 (as of Jun 2013)|
|Core name||Ivy Bridge|
|Data width (bits)||64|
|Turbo Frequency (MHz)||3700 / 3500||3700 / 3700 / 3600 / 3500|
|L1 cache||64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)||128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)|
|L2 cache (KB)||512||1024|
|L3 cache (KB)||4096||6144|
|Max temperature (°C)||105|
|Instruction set extensions|
|AES / Advanced Encryption Standard||+|
|AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology||+|
|AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions||+|
|F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion||+|
|SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3||+|
|PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep||+|
|Turbo Core / Turbo Boost||+|
|Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit||+|
|GPU Type||HD 4000|
|Base frequency (MHz)||650|
|Maximum frequency (MHz)||1300|
|Integrated Memory Controller(s)|
|The number of controllers||1|
|Supported memory||DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1600||DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600|
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