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Intel Core i7-3720QM

Intel 3720QM

The Intel Core i7-3720QM is a fast high-end quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. 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 2.6 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.5 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.6 GHz (for 1 active core).

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 i7-3720QM is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is higher than the former fastest model, the Core i7-2920XM.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1250 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

As with most quad-core Ivy Bridge models, the Core i7-3720QM is specified at a TDP of 45 Watts including graphics card and memory controller. Therefore, the CPU is well-suited for laptops 15-inches or greater.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameIvy Bridge
Clock Rate2600 - 3600 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 Count1400 Million
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Die Size160 mm2
Max. Temperature105 °C
SocketFCBGA1224, FCPGA988
FeaturesHD Graphics 4000 (650-1250MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1250 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x, VT-d
Starting Price $378 U.S.
Announcement Date04/23/2012
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 3720QM

CPU Benchmarks

3DMark (2013): Fire Strike Standard Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7455     avg: 8123.7 (48.61%)     max: 8803 Points
3DMark (2013): Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5405     avg: 5873 (14.5%)     max: 6293 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 39845     avg: 40575.5 (77.8%)     max: 41306 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 35881     avg: 39127.5 (72.27%)     max: 42374 Points
TrueCrypt: Serpent Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.27     avg: 0.4 (20.4%)     max: 0.513 GB/s
TrueCrypt: Twofish Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 0.39     avg: 0.6 (34.05%)     max: 0.606 GB/s
TrueCrypt: AES Mean 100MB
0% 100%
min: 1.8     avg: 3.1 (35.59%)     max: 3.4 GB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 2
0% 100%
min: 29.85     avg: 35.7 (40.64%)     max: 37.67 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0: Pass 1
0% 100%
min: 127.32     avg: 144.1 (81.4%)     max: 150.05 fps
WinRAR: Result
0% 100%
min: 3125     avg: 4188.3 (57.61%)     max: 4613 KB/s
wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 226.9     avg: 238.9 (98.69%)     max: 258.421 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 7.64     avg: 7.8 (99.34%)     max: 7.941 seconds*
3DMark 11: Performance Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 6455     avg: 8019.9 (60.67%)     max: 8505 points
3DMark Vantage: P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 12064     avg: 22379.6 (55.97%)     max: 23791 Points
3DMark 06 - CPU:
0% 100%
min: 5981     avg: 6581 (73.82%)     max: 6696 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Single 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 1.39     avg: 1.5 (77.7%)     max: 1.5 Points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 5.96     avg: 6.6 (36.72%)     max: 6.85 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 5932     avg: 6090.8 (24.52%)     max: 6204 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 21405     avg: 23107.9 (64.05%)     max: 23615 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4749     avg: 4826.5 (71.85%)     max: 4916 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 14659     avg: 18497.8 (53.19%)     max: 19231 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 10     avg: 10.3 (99.71%)     max: 11 Seconds*
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M:
0% 100%
min: 23     avg: 23.9 (99.87%)     max: 24.305 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 563     avg: 573.4 (97.51%)     max: 594 Seconds*
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS):
0% 100%
min: 100430     avg: 124162 (58.93%)     max: 136390 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS):
0% 100%
min: 75250     avg: 82146 (63.02%)     max: 85440 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index: Processor
0% 100%
min: 7.6     avg: 7.6 (96.83%)     max: 7.6 points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Reviews for the Intel Core i7 3720QM processor

Alienware M14x R2 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 14")
» Alienware M14x R2 Review - Review
» Alienware M14x R2 - External Review

Alienware M14x, i7-3720QM (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 14.0")
» Alienware M14x, i7-3720QM - External Review

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2012-06 MD103LL/A (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 15.6")
» Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2012-06 MD103LL/A - External Review

Asus G55VW-ES71 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M, 15.6")
» Asus G55VW-ES71 - External Review

Asus G75V (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M, 17.3")
» Review Asus G75V Notebook - Review
» Asus G75V - External Review

Asus G75VW-NS72 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M, 17.3")
» Asus G75VW-NS72 - External Review

Asus N56VM (NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, 15.6")
» Update review Asus N56VM Notebook with GT 630M - Review
» Asus N56VM - External Review

Dell Precision M4700 (NVIDIA Quadro K2000M, 15.6")
» Review Dell Precision M4700 Mobile Workstation - Review
» Dell Precision M4700 - External Review

Eurocom Monster 1.0 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 11.6")
» Eurocom Monster 1.0 - External Review

Fujitsu Celsius H720 H7200WXP11DE (NVIDIA Quadro K1000M, 15.6")
» Fujitsu Celsius H720 H7200WXP11DE - External Review

Fujitsu Celsius H920 (NVIDIA Quadro K3000M, 17.3")
» Review Fujitsu Celsius H920 Notebook - Review

Lenovo ThinkPad W530-2447 (NVIDIA Quadro K1000M, 15.6")
» Lenovo ThinkPad W530-2447 - External Review

One M73-2O (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 17.3")
» One M73-2O - 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 i7 4770HQ
   2.2 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Core i7 3820QM
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 2600K
   3.4 GHz / 1 MB + 8 MB
- Intel Core i7 3740QM
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
- Intel Xeon (Desktop) X5670
   2.93 GHz / 1.5 MB + 12 MB
» Intel Core i7 3720QM
   2.6 GHz / 1 MB + 6 MB
+ Intel Core i7 4700HQ
   2.4 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4700MQ
   2.4 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 4760HQ
   2.1 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i7 2960XM
   2.7 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 3570K
   3.4 GHz / 1024 KB + 6144 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum, 2012-04-15 (Update: 2012-05-26)