Average Bench: 47.6% (825th of 1404)

Based on 45,308 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000206A7 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2520M CPU @ 2.50GHz
Poor: 21%Average: 47.6% Great: 59%
Gaming 48%
Desktop 54%
Workstation 33%
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Below average average bench

The Intel Core i5-2520M averaged 52.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. Memory Latency 69.5Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 62.6Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-2520M is 38.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-2520M performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 156Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 155Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 45,308 samples)
Min Avg Max
30.2 Memory 69.5 88.5
15.6 1-Core 62.6 81.7
29.3 2-Core 106 142
49.4% 79.5 Pts
Min Avg Max
45 4-Core 150 198
44.9 8-Core 155 198
20.3% 152 Pts
Min Avg Max
44 64-Core 156 198
9.7% 156 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.8
1-Core 55
2-Core 101
50% 78.7 Pts
4-Core 134
8-Core 137
18% 135 Pts
64-Core 130
8% 130 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.1
1-Core 69.8
2-Core 117
53% 85.9 Pts
4-Core 166
8-Core 171
22% 168 Pts
64-Core 164
10% 164 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 67.1
1-Core 54.3
2-Core 98.4
46% 73.3 Pts
4-Core 164
8-Core 175
22% 170 Pts
64-Core 180
11% 180 Pts
CPU, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 1.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.2
1-Core 37.3
2-Core 36.6
40% 51.7 Pts
4-Core 40.8
8-Core 71.5
7% 56.2 Pts
64-Core 78.4
5% 78.4 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 56.6
1-Core 50.8
2-Core 78.1
39% 61.8 Pts
4-Core 124
8-Core 122
16% 123 Pts
64-Core 142
9% 142 Pts
CPU, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 52.3
1-Core 68.7
2-Core 116
46% 79 Pts
4-Core 148
8-Core 148
20% 148 Pts
64-Core 148
9% 148 Pts
Socket rPGA988B, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 1.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 53.7
1-Core 46.4
2-Core 47.8
34% 49.3 Pts
4-Core 59.3
8-Core 102
10% 80.7 Pts
64-Core 84.1
5% 84.1 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.5 GHz, turbo 3 GHz (avg)
Memory 33
1-Core 39.6
2-Core 47
25% 39.9 Pts
4-Core 36.8
8-Core 114
8% 75.2 Pts
64-Core 131
8% 131 Pts
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Gaming 5%
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Desktop 48%
Workstation 5%
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DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-2520M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'11
Processor Numberi5-2520M
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache3 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsAVX
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography32 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed2.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.2 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP35 W


Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 3000
Graphics Base Frequency650 MHz
Graphics OutputeDP/DP/HDMI/SDVO/CRT
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported2
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.3 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes
Macrovision License RequiredNo


Max Memory Size16 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1066/1333
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth21.3 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
PCI Express Configurations1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
Demand Based SwitchingNo
vPro TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes
My WiFi TechYes
4G WiMAX Wireless TechYes


Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm (rPGA988B); 31mm x 24mm (BGA1023)
Graphics and IMC Lithography32 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedPPGA988

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechYes
Anti-Theft TechYes


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4 months ago.

This CPU is amazing. For Its age, it still performs the same as a core i5 7200U, and better than a i5 4300U. Back when it was released in 2011 it was one of the best prosseser for its time


2 years ago.

es la leche (es broma) pero lo prefiero


14 months ago.

You can get a (granted, used) laptop with one of those for about 80 usd and if paired with an ssd its really good for business/study related tasks. Just be aware that this thing can get really hot.


13 days ago.

it lags a lot dont make a mistake to buy this


4 months ago.

VERY OLD. Very power hungry by modern standards, but still pretty beefy . Capable of handling pretty much any tasks that aren't HEAVY data processing /rendering. Give it some RAM, a SSD, have a wall to plug it in and have fun because it's still a beast.


2 years ago.

I use this for stuff like Kerbal space program and it runs well enough that I can play KSP, and yes it gets hot while doing so, and a bit choppy, so what? I don,t really mind the choppy animations for KSP I'm fine with it


23 months ago.

Old, you can't use for internet browsing, editing


11 months ago.

i think this is best processor ever


15 months ago.

It's a CPU I still use for my online business. Runs everyday without a complain, very reliable and capable of medium heavy loads. Runs a bit hot and power hungry but it's a workhorse.


2 years ago.

4 threads supported, meeting minimum requirements for most games. Just pair it with desktop graphics and game on a budget at decent frame rates. Why pay much more?


3 months ago.

great card to pair with 8 gig ram


3 years ago.

This processor may be aging, but for tasks that aren't gaming it still holds up quite well.


3 years ago.

it still okay to used in daily basic


21 months ago.

Ehh . Its decent for the price . Stutters a lot for any large processing or gaming . Wouldn't recommend .


21 days ago.

Its like one of the only CPUs that are compatible with my Toshiba Satellite c665 lol + way better than my intel Celeron 900 rn

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