Intel Core i7-3612QM

Intel 3612QM

The Intel Core i7-3612QM is a fast quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. It is the fastest mobile processor rated at 35 Watt (at the time of announcement in mid 2012). Due to Hyperthreading, the four cores can handle up to eight threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.1 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.0 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.1 GHz (for 1 active core). Compared to the other quad core CPU, the 3612QM is specified at a TDP of only 35 Watt (similar to the dual-core CPUs). The BGA version (that is directly soldered to the mainboard) supports VT-d virtualization, whereas the rPGA version does not. Both dont support vPro, but otherwise all Ivy Bridge features like AES or VT-x are useable.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i7-3612QM is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is similar to the Sandy Bridge Core i7-2820QM. Altough the 3612QM has a higher model number than the 3610QM, it offers slower clock rates and therefore performs worse. However, the 3610QM is specified at a much higher TDP of 45 Watt.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

With a TDP of only 35 Watt, the Core i7-3612QM is the first quad-core CPU from Intel that is specified at the level of the dual-core mobile CPUs. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i7.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameIvy Bridge
Clock Rate2100 - 3100 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)35 Watt
Transistor Count1400 Million
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Die Size160 mm2
Max. Temperature105 °C
SocketFCBGA1224, FCPGA988
FeaturesHD Graphics 4000 (650-1100MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x, VT-d
Announcement Date04/23/2012
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 3612QM

CPU Benchmarks

TrueCrypt: Serpent Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.218     avg: 0.3 (15.1%)     max: 0.291 GB/s
TrueCrypt: Twofish Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.366     avg: 0.5 (27.35%)     max: 0.501 GB/s
TrueCrypt: AES Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 2.1     avg: 2.5 (28.16%)     max: 2.8 GB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 2
0% 100%
min: 30.94     avg: 31.1 (35.05%)     max: 31.14 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 1
0% 100%
min: 122.14     avg: 123.6 (68.95%)     max: 124.64 fps
WinRAR: Result
0% 100%
min: 3961     avg: 4028 (55.41%)     max: 4057 KB/s
wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 276     avg: 338 (97.5%)     max: 578.712 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 8     avg: 9.5 (98.99%)     max: 10.165 seconds*
3DMark 11: Performance Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5234     avg: 6378.2 (48.25%)     max: 7418 points
3DMark Vantage: P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 8328     avg: 16909.6 (42.29%)     max: 19780 Points
3DMark 06 - CPU:
0% 100%
min: 4078     avg: 5080.5 (56.45%)     max: 5552 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Single 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 0.89     avg: 1.2 (64.52%)     max: 1.29 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 4.2     avg: 5.4 (29.74%)     max: 5.66 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 3753     avg: 4988.6 (20.05%)     max: 5413 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 14549     avg: 18507.8 (50.73%)     max: 19463 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 2961     avg: 3946.6 (58.38%)     max: 4163 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 11636     avg: 15071.6 (43.34%)     max: 15937 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 12     avg: 12.7 (99.17%)     max: 17 Seconds*
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M:
0% 100%
min: 27     avg: 29.1 (99.65%)     max: 39 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 648.3     avg: 791.5 (96.54%)     max: 1931.217 Seconds*
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS):
0% 100%
min: 72000     avg: 86945 (41.26%)     max: 95920 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS):
0% 100%
min: 51000     avg: 65015 (49.88%)     max: 70680 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index: Processor
0% 100%
min: 7.2     avg: 7.5 (94.66%)     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 2720QM
14649.4 
Intel Core i7 2820QM
14781.5 
Intel Core i7 2670QM
14804.4 
Intel Core i7 3612QM
15071.6 
Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 960
15223 
Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 2400
15344 
Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 950
15361.3 
...
Intel Xeon (Desktop) E5-2697 v2 (max)
34776 

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Asus UX51VZ (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 15.6")
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Asus UX51VZ-CN036H (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 15.6")
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Asus UX51Vz-DH71 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 15.6")
» Asus UX51Vz-DH71 - External Review

Asus Zenbook U500VZ-CN032H (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 15.6")
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Dell Inspiron 15R SE (AMD Radeon HD 7730M, 15.6")
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Dell Inspiron 5520-S61P61 (AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 15.6")
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Dell Inspiron 7520 (AMD Radeon HD 7730M, 15.6")
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Dell XPS 15 (L521X) (NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 15.6")
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Dell XPS 15-L521X (NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 16.0")
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Fujitsu LifeBook S792 (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 13.3")
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HP Pavilion g7-2007sg (AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 17.3")
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Lenovo G700-59377109 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, 17.3")
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Lenovo IdeaPad G500s-59381252 (AMD Radeon HD 8750M, 15.6")
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Lenovo IdeaPad Z580-M81DFUK (NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 15.6")
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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430, Ivy Brigde (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 14.0")
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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530, Ivy Bridge (NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 15.6")
» Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530, Ivy Bridge - External Review

Lenovo V480-5933-5448 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 14.0")
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Medion Akoya P7815-MD98063 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, 17.3")
» Medion Akoya P7815-MD98063 - External Review

Origin PC EON11-S (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 11.6")
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Schenker XMG A102 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 11.6")
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Schenker XMG A722 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M, 17.3")
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Sony SV-S1511X9E/B (NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE, 15.5")
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Sony Vaio SV-E14A16FG (AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 14.0")
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Sony Vaio SV-E1511Z1EB (AMD Radeon HD 7650M, 15.5")
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Sony Vaio SV-E1711Z1EB (AMD Radeon HD 7650M, 17.3")
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Sony Vaio SV-S1511AGXB (NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE, 15.5")
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Sony Vaio SV-S1511X9E (NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE, 15.5")
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Sony Vaio SV-Z13114GXX (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 13.1")
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Sony Vaio SV-Z1311Z8EX (AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 13.0")
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Sony Vaio SV-Z1311Z9EX (Intel HD Graphics 4000, 13.1")
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Sony Vaio SVE1711X1EB (AMD Radeon HD 7650M, 17.3")
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Sony Vaio SVE1711Z1R (AMD Radeon HD 7650M, 17.3")
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Sony Vaio SVS1511V9E (NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE, 15.5")
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Sony Vaio SVS1511X9R (NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE, 15.5")
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Sony Vaio Z1311Z9R (AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 13.1")
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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 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 2640M
   2.8 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 i7 2760QM
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- 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 / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ 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
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Author: Klaus Hinum, 2012-04-16 (Update: 2012-05-26)