Legit Processor Reviews
ASUS K42F Notebook w/ Intel Core i5 540M Arrandale CPU Review
|Product:||ASUS K42F-B1 14|
|Date:||Sun, Jan 03, 2010 - 11:00 PM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Core i5 540M and ASUS K42F
When Legit Reviews got a chance to look and Clarkdale and Arrandale processors at the Intel Developer forum back in September of 2009 we couldn't wait for them to be launched. Well, that time has finally arrived as Intel today announced the release of their next series of processor that are called the 2010 Intel Core processors. What makes this processor so unique is the fact that Intel has taken their 45nm Nehalem architecture, enhanced it and shrunk it down to 32nm. Intel didn't stop there though and took a 45nm graphics processor and placed it on the CPU as well. This is big news as not only will overall performance improve, but this process also saves power and reduces some of the components needed on motherboards or in notebooks.
The result of Intel's hard work to combine the CPU and GPU into one package is the crazy looking processor seen above. Which do you think is the processor and which do you think is the GPU? If you said the CPU is on the left and the GPU is on the right then you are correct!
The X-Ray shot above with labels can better show off what exactly is going on inside these Core i3 and Core i5 processors. Notice we said processors, as Intel is releasing 11 mobile processors today based on this architecture!
The processors that have "UM" in their name are low power parts and the rest scaled due to clock frequency, cache, and package type. Today, we'll be looking at an Intel Core i5-540M Mobile Processor that is based on the LGA 1156 socket and paired with the Intel HM55 Express Chipset. This is a 35W TDP processor and is what will be used in many of the 14-inch and 15-inch mainstream everyday notebooks. To test this new processor we will be using the just announced ASUS K42F 14.0" everyday notebook PC.
The Intel Core i5-540M processor with the HM55 chipset creates a powerful entertainment engine for digital media enthusiasts. PCs based on this new family of Intel Core processor products will be sold world-wide by OEMs & channel system integrators. The system we are testing on here today is a pre-production notebook that ASUS was kind enough to send over to use for an early look at the new architecture.
Next Page - 2010 Intel HD Graphics
Page 1 - Core i5 540M and ASUS K42F
Page 2 - 2010 Intel HD Graphics
Page 3 - The ASUS K42F 14-inch Notebook
Page 4 - Test Setup
Page 5 - Core i5 540M CPU-Z
Page 6 - SiSoftware Sandra 2010c
Page 7 - x264 HD Encoding
Page 8 - Sony Vegas 9.0C Pro
Page 9 - POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 34
Page 10 - Cinebench R10
Page 11 - PCMark Vantage
Page 12 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 13 - Spore - Game Testing
Page 14 - Blu-ray Video Playback
Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 16 - Battery Life Benchmark
Page 17 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions