Intel Core i7-3520M is a high mid-range processor announced in Q2 of 2012. It is part of the “Ivy Bridge” generation and operates at a base frequency of 2.6GHz. If a higher frequency is needed, its two cores can overclock, and if they both operate in tandem, they go to 3.4GHz. The frequency goes to 3.6GHz for only one core.
The chip is equipped with 128KB of first level cache, 512KB of second level cache, and 3MB of third level cache. The Core i7-3520M has been developed using a 22nm process, allowing for the integration of the Intel HD Graphics 4000 controller. It operates at a base frequency of 650MHz, while Turbo Boost can increase that to 1250MHz. Power consumption of the whole SoC (System on a Chip) is 35 watts with a maximum operating temperature of 105C.
Intel Core i7-3520M supports TurboBoost (increasing the clock frequency when necessary), HyperThreading (additional virtual core for every physical one), PCI Express 3.0, up to 32GB of DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600 memory and the SSE4 instruction set.
Intel Core i7-3520M - technical specifications
|Core / Architecture||Ivy Bridge|
|Base CPU frequency||2.9 GHz|
|Number of cores||2|
|Integrated GPU||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|Base GPU frequency||650 MHz|
|L1 cache||128 KB|
|L3 cache||4096 KB|
|Manufacturing process||22 nm|
|Max Memory||35 GB|
|Date of announcement||03 June 2012|
|Instructions type||64 bits|
|Max. CPU frequency||3.6 GHz|
|LL cache||4096 KB|
|Max. GPU frequency||1250 MHz|
|L2 cache||512 KB|
|Max. operating temperature||105 °C|
|Memory Type||DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600|
|Max. speed memory bandwith||25.6 GB/s|
|Supported technologies||Intel® HD Graphics 4000, DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Vpro, Quick Sync Virtualization, AES-NI.Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x), Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT), Intel® TSX-NI, Intel® 64, Idle States, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology, Thermal Monitoring Technologies, Intel® Identity Protection Technology.|