Intel Core i7-2630QM vs Intel Core i7-2640M

Intel Core i7-2630QM

► remove 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 i7-2640M

► remove Intel 2640M

The Intel Core i7-2640M is the fastest dual core processor at the time of introduction in Q3 2011 and successor of the slower clocked i7-2620M. It is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture and offers Hyperthreading to handle 4 threads at once (for a better usage of the pipeline). Compared to the slower Core i5, the i7 offers a larger last level cache of 4MB. The base clock speed is 2.8 GHz but due to Turbo Boost it can reach 3.3 GHz (2 cores active) and 3.5 GHz (1 core active).

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 256Bit AVX instructions, the improved Turbo 2.0 and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. 

Der i7-2640M 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 2620M it is clocked from 650-1300MHz (Turbo Boost), and in the 2640M it should be similar.

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

Due to the improved architecture and the new Turbo Boost 2.0, the average performance of the Core i7-2640M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i7 dual core. The performance should even excel the old high-end quad core models like the Core i7-820QM.

The 35W TDP rating includes the integrated GPU and memory controller.

Intel Core i7-2630QMIntel Core i7-2640M
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy Bridge
: Core i7 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i7-2960XM (compare)2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM (compare)2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM (compare)2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM (compare)2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM (compare)2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM (compare)2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM (compare)2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM (compare)2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-2630QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M (compare)2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M (compare)2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M (compare)2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M (compare)1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M (compare)1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M (compare)1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M (compare)1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2960XM (compare)2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM (compare)2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM (compare)2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM (compare)2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM (compare)2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM (compare)2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM (compare)2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM (compare)2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-2640M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M (compare)2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M (compare)2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M (compare)2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M (compare)1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M (compare)1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M (compare)1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M (compare)1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
2000 - 2900 MHz2800 - 3500 MHz
256 KB128 KB
1 MB512 KB
6 MB4 MB
4 / 82 / 4
45 35
995 624
32 32
216 mm2149 mm2
100 °C100 °C
FCPGA988
HD Graphics 3000 (650-1100MHz), DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization (VT-x)HD Graphics 3000, DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 8GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
Intel Core i7 2630QM
$346 U.S.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3     avg: 4.7     median: 4 (9%)     max: 5 Points
3.1 Points (7%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.4 Points (68%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3449     avg: 3653.4     median: 3662 (40%)     max: 3772 Points
min: 4009     avg: 4382.9     median: 4443 (49%)     max: 4506 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 11111     avg: 13692.3     median: 13833 (21%)     max: 14394 Points
min: 9691     avg: 9765.9     median: 9778 (15%)     max: 9833 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 13512     avg: 16643.1     median: 16803 (22%)     max: 17347 Points
min: 11067     avg: 11766.9     median: 11874 (16%)     max: 12037 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4325     avg: 4557.5     median: 4569 (44%)     max: 4679 Points
min: 5445     avg: 5549.1     median: 5534 (53%)     max: 5665 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 313     avg: 331.9     median: 325 (4%)     max: 435 seconds
min: 478     avg: 493.5     median: 489 (6%)     max: 523 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 9     avg: 10.3     median: 10 (2%)     max: 12 seconds
min: 15     avg: 15.5     median: 15 (3%)     max: 16 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2555     avg: 2632     median: 2620 (31%)     max: 2733 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 16     avg: 16.9     median: 17 (0%)     max: 17 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 88     avg: 91     median: 89 (33%)     max: 95 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.1 GB/s (7%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (8%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.6 GB/s (8%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4050     avg: 4911.6     median: 5039 (34%)     max: 5127 Points
min: 3882     avg: 3933.5     median: 3927 (26%)     max: 3978 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 13     avg: 13.2     median: 13 (3%)     max: 14 Seconds
11.2 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 29     avg: 30.4     median: 30 (1%)     max: 32 Seconds
min: 25     avg: 26     median: 26 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 712     avg: 730.4     median: 728 (3%)     max: 778 Seconds
min: 604     avg: 626.2     median: 634 (3%)     max: 639 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
98320 MIPS (47%)
min: 64300     avg: 64522.5     median: 64545 (31%)     max: 64700 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 59250     avg: 60255     median: 60255 (46%)     max: 61260 MFLOPS
min: 39000     avg: 39255     median: 39135 (30%)     max: 39750 MFLOPS
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 9075     avg: 10547     median: 10547 (66%)     max: 12019 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.4 points (106%)
7.2 points (103%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 12879     avg: 16948.6     median: 17369 (24%)     max: 25328 Points
min: 10127     avg: 10509.3     median: 10559 (15%)     max: 10838 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 4628     avg: 5795.6     median: 5933 (30%)     max: 6358 points
min: 3902     avg: 4140.4     median: 4172 (21%)     max: 4320 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 28688     avg: 29084     median: 29084 (19%)     max: 29480 Points
26569 Points (17%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 4012     avg: 4157.5     median: 4157 (11%)     max: 4303 Points
2876 Points (7%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
5788 Points (18%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
7873 Points (64%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
6847 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
7293 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
6298 Points (11%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
6913 Points (16%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2630QM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2640M → 91%

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1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)