Intel Arrandale Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile Unveiled - HotHardware

Intel Arrandale Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile Unveiled

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We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2010, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2010 suite: CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multimedia, and the Memory Bandwidth tests.

 Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2010
 Synthetic Benchmarks


In these synthetic, high-level tests that SANDRA performs on the CPU, the Core i5 540M shows surprisingly good scores, besting even Intel's Core 2 Q6600 and AMD's Phenom 9650 quad-core processors in the Arithmetic and Multimedia CPU tests.  In terms of memory bandwidth, the system's DDR3-1066 memory, coupled with the new on-chip memory controller offer 9GB/s of memory bandwidth according to SANDRA, which is somewhat on the low side as compared to the Core i7 Mobile Clarksfield with DDR3-1333 memory we tested not long ago, that offered nearly 2X the memory bandwidth. 

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Just read the review and all I can say is wow! Bundle this up with the low power ATI 5000 graphics and we're looking at a giant leap forward in notebook gaming battery performance!

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Yeah, Wow, Intel has been making really decent mobile processors here as of late.

Mobile processors have been coming a long way. Used to be that if you wanted a powerful laptop you would have to settle for one with a desktop processor but at the detriment of poor battery life and bulky size. Now a days you can find a Laptop, mobile Pc, or even a netbook that can keep up with user expectations all without being too Pricey, Bulky or Short of Battery time. I would love to be able to see a few years down the road, today, and catch a glimpse of where this is all headed.

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