Intel Core i7-740QM

Intel 740QM

The Intel Core i7-740QM is a fast quad-core CPU for laptops. Compared to the Core i7-720QM, the 740QM features a higher clock rate. It features 4 cores and Hyperthreading. Therefore, 8 threads can be worked on simultaneously. Compared to the faster Core i7 mobile CPUs, the 740QM only features 6MB L3 Cache (the faster ones 8 MB).

Because of the Turbo Mode, the CPU can be clocked with up to 2.93 GHz (1 core only) and therefore fast for single core applications like older games. Thanks to the 4 cores (and 8 threads), modern multi-threaded applications also profit from this CPU greatly (altough when using all cores, the clock speed remains low).

The Core i7 7xx line has an integrated memory controller for DDR3 bars (1066 or 1333). Therefore, the memory performance is very good (compared to older CPUs with external memory controllers). Still this also leads to the higher TDP of the whole chip.

The performance depends on the used thread count. If all cores are fully used, the performance of the 740QM is on a level with the fast Core i5-2520M (Sandy Bridge). If only a single core / thread is fully used, the performance depends on the Turbo Boost. Benchmarks indicate a performance on a level of the Core i5-480M.

The power consumption of up to 45 Watt (TDP) is quite high for a laptop CPU and because of the Turbo Mode, the power consumption could reach these high values. Therefore, only large laptops with good cooling solutions can house this CPU.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameClarksfield
Clock Rate1730 - 2930 MHz
Front Side Bus2500 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 Count774 Million
Manufacturing Technology45 nm
Die Size296 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketPGA988
FeaturesTurbo Boost max. 2.93GHz
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-d, VT-x
Starting Price $546 U.S.
Announcement Date09/23/2009
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 740QM

CPU Benchmarks

3DMark 06 - CPU:
0% 100%
min: 3158     avg: 3334.5 (37.9%)     max: 3609 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M:
0% 100%
min: 14     avg: 14.6 (98.77%)     max: 15.77 Seconds*
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M:
0% 100%
min: 32.823     avg: 33.8 (99.45%)     max: 35.89 Seconds*
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M:
0% 100%
min: 784.868     avg: 812.7 (96.44%)     max: 861.8 Seconds*
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS):
0% 100%
min: 43330     avg: 47420 (22.5%)     max: 51510 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS):
0% 100%
min: 35310     avg: 40900 (31.37%)     max: 51290 MFLOPS
PCMark 05: Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 6675     avg: 6831 (40.26%)     max: 6987 Points
PCMark Vantage: Result 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 5222     avg: 6012 (22.86%)     max: 6715 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 2933     avg: 3094.8 (47.41%)     max: 3313 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 8364     avg: 8865 (32.48%)     max: 9486 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 10265     avg: 10893.6 (28.68%)     max: 11680 Points
Cinebench R10: Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 3725     avg: 3878.1 (15.54%)     max: 4171 Points
3DMark Vantage: P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 10808     avg: 11460.8 (28.66%)     max: 12016 Points
wPrime 2.0x: 32m
0% 100%
min: 13.7     avg: 16 (97.67%)     max: 19.3 seconds*
wPrime 2.0x: 1024m
0% 100%
min: 427     avg: 730.3 (92.79%)     max: 1460.692 seconds*
Windows 7 Experience Index: Processor
0% 100%
min: 7.1     avg: 7.1 (88.89%)     max: 7.1 points
Cinebench R11.5: CPU Multi 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 2.97     avg: 3.1 (24.9%)     max: 3.37 Points
3DMark 11: Performance Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 4204     avg: 4406.4 (36.49%)     max: 4533 points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Cinebench R10 in comparison
Intel Atom Z670 (min)
691 
...
Intel Core 2 Quad (Desktop) Q6600
8800 
Intel Core i7 3667U
8809.5 
AMD A-Series (Desktop) AMD A8-5600K
8838 
Intel Core i7 740QM
8865 
Intel Core i5 3210M
8899.5 
Intel Core i5 2540M
8998.4 
Intel Core i5 3230M
9122.9 
...
Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 3960X (max)
27189.5 

Reviews for the Intel Core i7 740QM processor

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Asus G53JW-IX162V (NVIDIA GeForce 4 460 Go, 15.6")
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Asus G53JW-SX084V (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 15.6")
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Asus G73JW-91093V (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 17.3")
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Asus G73JW-91121V (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 17.3")
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Asus G73JW-A1 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 17.3")
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Asus K52JT-SX067 (AMD Radeon HD 6370M, 15.6")
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Asus K52JT-XT1R (AMD Radeon HD 6370M, 15.6")
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Asus N43J (NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M, 14.0")
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Asus N53JQ-SZ137V (NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M, 15.6")
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Asus N73JQ-TZ087V (NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M, 17.3")
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Asus NX90JQ-YZ068Z (NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M, 18.4")
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Dell Inspiron N5010-P10F001 (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650, 15.6")
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Dell XPS 14-L401X (NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M, 14.0")
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Dell XPS 15-dndogx4 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M, 15.6")
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Dell XPS 1710X (NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M, 17.3")
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Eurocom W860CU Cougar (AMD Radeon HD 6970M, 15.6")
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HP EliteBook 8540w-WD743EA (NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M, 15.6")
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HP EliteBook 8740W-XT911UT (NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M, 17.0")
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Lenovo IdeaPad Y560-M29BFGE (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730, 15.6")
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Medion Erazer X6811-MD97624 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 15.6")
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Medion Erazer X6811-MD97654 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 15.6")
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MSI GT660R-i74129BLW7P (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M, 15.6")
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MSI GT660R-i7468BLW7P (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M, 15.6")
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MSI GT663R-i7488BLW7P (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 15.6")
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MSI GX660R (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, 15.6")
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MSI GX660R-i7488LW7P (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, 15.6")
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Schenker XMG P800 (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire, 18.4")
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Sony Vaio VPC-F12Z1E/BI (NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, 16.4")
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Sony Vaio VPC-F133FX (NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M, 16.4")
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Sony VAIO VPC-F136FM/B (NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M, 16.3")
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Sony Vaio VPCF12 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, 16.4")
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Sony VAIO VPCF121GX (NVIDIA GeForce 310M, 16.4")
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Sony Vaio VPCF127HG (NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, 16.4")
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Sony VAIO VPCF12M0E/B (NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, 16.4")
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Sony VAIO VPCF13AFX (NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M, 16.4")
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Sony Vaio VPCF13Z1E/B (NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M, 16.4")
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Toshiba Qosmio X500-12N (NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M, 18.4")
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Toshiba Qosmio X500-14W (NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M, 18.4")
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Toshiba Satellite A660-18N (NVIDIA GeForce 310M, 16.0")
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Toshiba Satellite A665-12M (NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M, 15.6")
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Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV (NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M, 15.6")
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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 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 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 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 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 2 Extreme (Desktop) QX6700
   2.67 GHz / 8 MB
- Intel Core i5 2540M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 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 i5 4310U
   2 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i5 4360U
   1.5 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i7 3537U
   2 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
+ Intel Core i5 4300U
   1.9 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i5 4350U
   1.4 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > FAQ / Tips / Technics > Notebook Processors > Intel Core i7 > Intel Core i7 740QM Notebook Processor
Author: Klaus Hinum, 2010-05-19 (Update: 2012-05-26)