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Intel Core i7-2720QM

Intel 2720QM

The Intel Core i7-2720QM is a fast high-end quad core processor for laptops. It is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture and offers Hyperthreading to handle 8 threads at once (for a better usage of the pipeline). Compared to the previous Clarksdale quad-cores, the i7-2720QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the faster clocked 2820QM, the 2720QM offers less level 3 cache (6 vs. 8MB).

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 256Bit AVX instructions, the improved Turbo Boost and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. Furthermore, the integrated memory controller was improved and supports up to 8 GB DDR3-1333.

The i7-2720QM offers an integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics 3000) which proved to be clearly faster than the old Intel HD Graphics in the Arrandale CPUs and on a level with entry level dedicated graphics cards like the GeForce 310M. The HD Graphics 3000 also supports Turbo Boost and clocks between 650 MHz and 1300 MHz. As the graphics card shares the fast last level cache, the processor is a bit slower with activated GPU.

The performance of the Core i7-2720QM is noticeable better than the old i7-720QM and even a bit faster than the fastest Clarksfield CPU the Core i7-940XM quad core. Therefore, the performance should be sufficient for modern 3D games and demanding applications. Thanks to the fast Turbo Boost 2.0 even single threaded applications run very fast. The detailed benchmark results of the 2720QM can be found in the lower section of this page, or in our detailed review of the new Sandy Bridge quad core processors.

The relative high TDP rating of the 2720QM of 45 Watt enables the usage of the quad core only in 15" laptops and up. However, compared to the previous generation of quad-cores, the TDP improved, as the integrated GPU is now included.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameSandy Bridge
Clock Rate2200 - 3300 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1024 KB
Level 3 Cache6144 KB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)45 Watt
Transistor Count995 Million
Manufacturing Technology32 nm
Die Size216 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketFCBGA1224, FCPGA988
FeaturesHD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x, VT-d
Starting Price $378 U.S.
Announcement Date01/06/2011
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 2720QM

CPU Benchmarks

3DMark (2013): Fire Strike Standard Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7558     avg: 7558 (45.15%)     max: 7558 Points
3DMark (2013): Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5494     avg: 5494 (13.54%)     max: 5494 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 36234     avg: 36234 (66.93%)     max: 36234 Points
wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 410.2     avg: 423.1 (96.48%)     max: 435.633 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 12.13     avg: 13 (98.29%)     max: 13.729 seconds*
3DMark 11: Performance Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5473     avg: 6494.9 (49.14%)     max: 7334 points
3DMark Vantage: P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 11457     avg: 17983.6 (48.63%)     max: 19716 Points
3DMark 06 - CPU:
0% 100%
min: 5133     avg: 5529.1 (61.64%)     max: 5772 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 5.12     avg: 5.3 (29.44%)     max: 5.64 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 4204     avg: 5084 (59.61%)     max: 5299 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 15819     avg: 17946.3 (50.52%)     max: 19061 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4114     avg: 4167.8 (61.76%)     max: 4219 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 13961     avg: 14649.4 (42.13%)     max: 15301 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 11     avg: 11.4 (99.35%)     max: 12.3 Seconds*
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M:
0% 100%
min: 26     avg: 27 (99.65%)     max: 28.2 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 635     avg: 649.5 (99.14%)     max: 671 Seconds*
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS):
0% 100%
min: 109640     avg: 109640 (52.03%)     max: 109640 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS):
0% 100%
min: 66400     avg: 66400 (50.94%)     max: 66400 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index: Processor
0% 100%
min: 7.5     avg: 7.5 (95.24%)     max: 7.5 points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Cinebench R10 in comparison
Intel Atom Z670 (min)
691 
...
Intel Core i7 2635QM
13521.4 
Intel Core i7 2630QM
13690.8 
Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 940
13888 
Intel Core i7 2720QM
14649.4 
Intel Core i7 2820QM
14781.5 
Intel Core i7 2670QM
14804.4 
Intel Core i7 3612QM
15071.6 
...
Intel Xeon (Desktop) E5-2697 v2 (max)
34776 

Reviews for the Intel Core i7 2720QM processor

Alienware M17x R3, GT 520M, i7-2720 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, 17.3")
» Alienware M17x R3, GT 520M, i7-2720 - External Review

Alienware M17x R3, GTX 580M, i7-2720 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M, 17.3")
» Alienware M17x R3, GTX 580M, i7-2720 - External Review

Apple Macbook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC723LL/A (AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 15.4")
» Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.2 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen) - Review
» Apple Macbook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 - External Review

Apple MacBook Pro 17 inch 2011-02 MC725D/A (AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 17.3")
» Review Apple MacBook Pro 17 Early 2011 (2.2 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen) - Review
» Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch Early 2011 - External Review

Asus N53SV (NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 15.6")
» Review Asus N53SV Notebook - Review
» Asus N53SV - External Review

AVADirect Clevo P150HM (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M, 15.6")
» AVADirect Clevo P150HM - External Review

AVADirect Clevo P170HM (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M, 17.3")
» AVADirect Clevo P170HM - External Review

Eurocom Racer (AMD Radeon HD 6970M, 15.6")
» Review Eurocom Racer Gaming-Notebook (2720QM / HD 6970M) - Review
» Eurocom Racer - External Review

HP Pavilion dv6-6027tx (AMD Radeon HD 6770M, 15.6")
» HP Pavilion dv6-6027tx - External Review

Maingear eX-L 15 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M, 15.6")
» Maingear eX-L 15 - External Review

MSI GT680R (i7-2720QM) (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 15.6")
» MSI GT680R (i7-2720QM) - External Review

Novatech Stingray (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 17.3")
» Novatech Stingray - External Review

One G90 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M, 17.3")
» One G90 - External Review

Packard Bell Easynote TS85 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 15.6")
» Packard Bell Easynote TS85 - External Review

Samsung 600B5B-HC1 (NVIDIA NVS 4200M, 15.6")
» Samsung 600B5B-HC1 - External Review

Schenker XMG P501 PRO (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M, 15.6")
» Review Schenker XMG P501 PRO Notebook - Review
» Schenker XMG P501 PRO - External Review

Sony Vaio VPC-F21AFX/BI (NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 16.0")
» Sony Vaio VPC-F21AFX/BI - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i7

» Intel Core i7 4940MX
   3.1 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 4930MX
   3 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 4980HQ
   2.8 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4910MQ
   2.9 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 3940XM
   3 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 4900MQ
   2.8 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 4960HQ
   2.6 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4810MQ
   2.8 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4870HQ
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 3920XM
   2.9 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 4800MQ
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4950HQ
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4860HQ
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 3840QM
   2.8 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 4850HQ
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4710HQ
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4710MQ
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4770HQ
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 3820QM
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 3740QM
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 3720QM
   2.6 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4700HQ
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4700MQ
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4760HQ
   2.1 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2960XM
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 4712HQ
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4712MQ
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4750HQ
   2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 3635QM
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 3630QM
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4702HQ
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4702MQ
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2860QM
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 2920XM
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 3615QM
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 3610QM
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 3632QM
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2760QM
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2820QM
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 3612QM
   2.1 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2720QM
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2675QM
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2670QM
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2635QM
   2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2630QM
   2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 4610M
   3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 940XM
   2.13 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 4600M
   2.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 5557U
   3.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 4578U
   3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 920XM
   2 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 3540M
   3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 4558U
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 3520M
   2.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 5600U
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 5650U
   2.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 2640M
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 5500U
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 5550U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 840QM
   1.86 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 2620M
   2.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 4600U
   2.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 4650U
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 3687U
   2.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 4510U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 640M
   2.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 820QM
   1.73 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
» Intel Core i7 3667U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 4500U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 4550U
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 740QM
   1.73 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 3537U
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 3517U
   1.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 620M
   2.66 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 720QM
   1.6 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2649M
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 4610Y
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 2629M
   2.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 2677M
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 660LM
   2.27 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 2637M
   1.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 2657M
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 3689Y
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 2617M
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 640LM
   2.13 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 620LM
   2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 680UM
   1.47 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 660UM
   1.33 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 640UM
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core i7 620UM
   1.06 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 2400
   3.1 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 960
   3.2 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 950
   3.06 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i7 2820QM
   2.3 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i7 3612QM
   2.1 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
» Intel Core i7 2720QM
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
+ Intel Core i7 2675QM
   2.2 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 2670QM
   2.2 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 940
   2.93 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 920
   2.66 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i7 2635QM
   2 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum, 2010-11-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)