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Intel Core i7-2630QM vs Intel Core i7-2617M vs Intel Core i7-2960XM

Intel Core i7-2630QM

► remove from comparison Intel 2630QM

The Intel Core i7-2630QM is a fast 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 i7-2630QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. The difference to the similar 2635QM is the slower Turbo Boost clock rate for the integrated GPU (1100MHz versus 1300MHz) and the different package (rPGA versus BGA). Compared to the faster Core i7, the 2630QM does not feature the Trusted Execution and the VT-d functions.

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 265Bit AVX instructions, the improved Turbo 2.0 and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. 

Der i7-2630QM offers an integrated graphics card ( Intel HD Graphics 3000) which is clearly faster then the older Intel HD Graphics in the Arrandale CPUs. As the new GPU is included in the CPU, it is also manufactured in 32nm and shares the fast level 3 cache with the CPU cores (using a new ring bus). In the 2630QM it is clocked from 650-1100MHz (Turbo Boost).

Furthermore, an improved dual-channel DDR3 memory controller is included on the CPU die that is used by the CPU and GPU part.

The performance of the Core i7-2630QM should be about 10-15% faster than a similar clocked Clarksfield Core i7 (see first tests by Anandtech). Therefore, the 2630QM should be on a level (or even faster) than a Core i7-920XM Quad-Core.

The quad core CPU is still rated at 45 Watt TDP but now the integrated graphics card is also included (compared to the old Clarksfield Quad Core processors).

Intel Core i7-2617M

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The Intel Core i7-2617M is power efficient ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor for thin and light laptops. The base frequency of 1.5 GHz is relatively low, but due to Turbo Boost 2.0, the CPU may clock up to 2.6 GHz (on core loaded, 2.3 GHz with both cores loaded). However, this is depending on the cooling and power consumption of the laptop. Due to HyperThreading, the i7-2617M is able to handle 4 threads in parallel. Compared to the slower i5-2537M, the 2617M offers a higher clock speed (processor core and turbo, graphics turbo) and more last level cache.

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements is the improved Turbo 2.0 and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. 

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 clocked at 350 or 950MHz (Turbo Boost). Due to the slower clock rate, compared to HD Graphics 3000 in 35W and 45W processors (usually clocked at 650-1100/1300MHz in non LV processors), the performance should be noticeable lower.

The performance of the CPU should be a bit higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i5. Therefore, the performance should be similar to a Core i3-350M if the Turbo can be used often.

The TDP of 17W (includes the integrated GPU and memory controller) allows the use of the 2617M CPU in small subnotebooks.

Intel Core i7-2960XM

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The Intel Core i7-2960XM is the fastest quad-core processor for laptops in Q3-2011 and successor to the Core i7-2920XM. Due to the Extreme Edition branding, the CPU should be easy to overclock (unlocked multiplicator). 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 i7-2960XM is now manufactured in 32nm, offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the slower clocked 2860QM, the 2960XM is specified with a higher TDP.

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 265Bit 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 Core i7-2960XM 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 in the i7-2920XM (therefore it should be similar or faster in the 2960XM). As the graphics card shares the fast last level cache, the processor is a bit slower with activated GPU.

Due to the high Turbo Boost, large L3 Cache, and Hyperthreading, the performance of the Core i7-2960XM is only slightly lower than the desktop Core i7-2600K. In 2011 it is the fastest mobile processors for laptops. Therefore, the performance should be sufficient for even the most demanding tasks like HD video editing or demanding 3D games.

The high TDP rating of the 2960XM enables the usage of the quad core only in large and heavy laptops (usually 15" and up). Compared to the previous generation (Clarkdale, e.g. Core i7-940XM) of quad-cores, however, the TDP improved, as the integrated GPU is now included.

Intel Core i7-2630QMIntel Core i7-2617MIntel Core i7-2960XM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy BridgeSandy Bridge
Series: Core i7 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-2630QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-2617M1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
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995 624 995
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216 mm2149 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
FCPGA988BGA1023FCPGA988
HD Graphics 3000 (650-1100MHz), DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization (VT-x)HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (350 - 950 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Intel Core i7 2630QMIntel Core i7 2617MIntel Core i7 2960XM
$100 U.S.$1096 U.S.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 3.89     avg: 4.7     median: 4.8 (9%)     max: 5.04 Points
2.1 Points (4%)
6.3 Points (12%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3449     avg: 3653     median: 3662 (33%)     max: 3772
3315 (30%)
4928 (44%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 11111     avg: 13692     median: 13833 (22%)     max: 14394
6690 (11%)
18300 (30%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 13512     avg: 16643     median: 16803 (16%)     max: 17347 Points
8113 Points (8%)
22311 Points (21%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4325     avg: 4558     median: 4569 (32%)     max: 4679 Points
4143 Points (29%)
6184 Points (44%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 2630QM +
min: 313.2     avg: 332     median: 325.6 (4%)     max: 435 s
94%
1 2617M +
783 s (9%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 2630QM +
min: 9.7     avg: 10.3     median: 10.1 (2%)     max: 12.5 s
97%
1 2617M +
24.1 s (5%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4050     avg: 4912     median: 5039 (28%)     max: 5127 Points
2762 Points (15%)
6820 Points (38%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 13     avg: 13.2     median: 13 (3%)     max: 14.2 s
15.3 s (3%)
10 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 29     avg: 30.4     median: 30.2 (1%)     max: 32 s
34.8 s (1%)
22 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 712.5     avg: 730     median: 728.5 (3%)     max: 778 s
817 s (4%)
568 s (3%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 2630QM +
98320 MIPS (47%)
123%
1 2960XM +
120900 MIPS (57%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 2630QM +
min: 59250     avg: 60255     median: 60255 (46%)     max: 61260 MFLOPS
134%
1 2960XM +
80500 MFLOPS (62%)
PCMark 05 - PCMark 05 - Standard
100%
1 2630QM +
min: 9075     avg: 10547     median: 10547 (66%)     max: 12019 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
1 2630QM +
min: 7.4     avg: 7.4     median: 7.4 (95%)     max: 7.5 Points
103%
1 2960XM +
7.6 Points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 12879     avg: 16949     median: 17369 (20%)     max: 25328 Points
7233 Points (8%)
23249 Points (27%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 2630QM +
min: 4628     avg: 5796     median: 5933.5 (22%)     max: 6358 Points
136%
1 2960XM +
8098 Points (30%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 2630QM +
min: 28688     avg: 29084     median: 29084 (19%)     max: 29480 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
100%
1 2630QM +
min: 4012     avg: 4158     median: 4157.5 (11%)     max: 4303 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
100%
1 2630QM +
5788 Points (15%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2630QM → 100% n=10

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2617M → 72% n=10

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2960XM → 124% n=10

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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