Intel Core i5-3450 vs Intel Core i7-2960XM

Physical Specifications

Socket Intel Socket 1155 Intel Socket G2 (988B)
Foundry Intel Intel
Process size 22 nm 32 nm
Transistors 1,400 million 1,160 million
Die size 160 mm² 216 mm²
Package FC-LGA12C rPGA
tCaseMax 67°C


Frequency 3.1 GHz 2.7 GHz
Turbo clock up to 3.5 GHz up to 3.7 GHz
Base clock 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 31.0x 27.0x
Multiplier unlocked No Yes
TDP 77 W 55 W

Architecture Details

Vertical Segment Desktop Mobile
Production status unknown End-of-life
Release date Apr 29th, 2012 Sep 4th, 2011
Codename Ivy Bridge Sandy Bridge
Generation Core i5 Core i7
Part SR0PF SR02F
Memory support DDR3 Dual-channel DDR3 Dual-channel
ECC memory No No
PCI Express Gen 3, 16 Lanes(CPU only)


Total Cores 4 4
Total Threads 4 8
SMP # CPUs 1 1
Integrated graphics Intel HD 2500 Intel HD 3000


Cache L1 64K (per core) 64K (per core)
Cache L2 256K (per core) 256K (per core)
Cache L3 6MB (shared) 8MB (shared)


Notes Intel HD 2500 frequency: 650-1100MHz This processor comes with an unlocked BCLK multiplier, allowing users to set the multiplier value higher than shipped value, to facilitate better overclocking. It is branded under the Extreme Edition label.

Features & Technologies

AES-NI Yes Yes
AVX Yes Yes
EIST Yes Yes
Intel 64 Yes Yes
MMX Yes Yes
SSE Yes Yes
SSE2 Yes Yes
SSE3 Yes Yes
SSE4.2 Yes Yes
SSSE3 Yes Yes
VT-d Yes
VT-x Yes Yes
XD bit Yes Yes


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