Intel Core i7-2630QM vs Intel Core i7-2820QM

Intel Core i7-2630QM

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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 i7-2820QM

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The Intel Core i7-2820QM is a fast high-end quad core processor for laptops. At the time of announcement (Jan. 2011) it was the fastest 45 Watt processor. 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 i7-2820QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the slower clocked 2720QM, the 2820QM offers more level 3 cache (8 vs. 6MB).

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 256Bit 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 i7-2820QM 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. As the graphics card shares the fast last level cache, the processor is a bit slower with activated GPU.

The performance of the Core i7-2820QM is noticeable better (e.g. Cinebench versions) than the previous generation Core i7-940XM quad core. Therefore, the performance should be sufficient for modern 3D games and demanding applications. Thanks to the fast Turbo Boost 2.0 even single threaded applications run very fast. The detailed benchmark results of the 2820QM can be found in the lower section of this page.

The relative high TDP rating of the 2820QM of 45 Watt enables the usage of the quad core only in 15" laptops and up. However, compared to the previous generation of quad-cores, the TDP improved, as the integrated GPU is now included.

Intel Core i7-2630QMIntel Core i7-2820QM
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 i7-2820QM2300 - 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 i7-2640M (compare)2800 - 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 i7-2820QM2300 - 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 i7-2640M (compare)2800 - 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 MHz2300 - 3400 MHz
256 KB256 KB
1 MB1 MB
6 MB8 MB
4 / 84 / 8
45 45
995 995
32 32
216 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C
FCPGA988FCBGA1224, FCPGA988
HD Graphics 3000 (650-1100MHz), DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization (VT-x)HD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR-1066/1333/1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
Intel Core i7 2630QMIntel Core i7 2820QM
$568 U.S.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3     avg: 4.7     median: 4 (9%)     max: 5 Points
min: 4     avg: 5.2     median: 5 (11%)     max: 5 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3449     avg: 3653.4     median: 3662 (40%)     max: 3772 Points
min: 4200     avg: 4273.5     median: 4249 (46%)     max: 4365 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 11111     avg: 13692.3     median: 13833 (21%)     max: 14394 Points
min: 12641     avg: 14781.5     median: 15043 (23%)     max: 16105 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 13512     avg: 16643.1     median: 16803 (22%)     max: 17347 Points
min: 16327     avg: 18631     median: 19316 (25%)     max: 20393 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4325     avg: 4557.5     median: 4569 (44%)     max: 4679 Points
min: 5232     avg: 5368.1     median: 5372 (52%)     max: 5468 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 313     avg: 331.9     median: 325 (4%)     max: 435 seconds
min: 281     avg: 366.3     median: 360 (4%)     max: 458 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 9     avg: 10.3     median: 10 (2%)     max: 12 seconds
min: 8     avg: 10.7     median: 10 (2%)     max: 13 seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4050     avg: 4911.6     median: 5039 (34%)     max: 5127 Points
min: 4427     avg: 5485.7     median: 5818 (39%)     max: 5923 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: 23     avg: 29.7     median: 25 (1%)     max: 54 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 712     avg: 730.4     median: 728 (3%)     max: 778 Seconds
min: 618     avg: 628.2     median: 625 (3%)     max: 643 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
98320 MIPS (47%)
min: 83000     avg: 90496.7     median: 87000 (41%)     max: 101490 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 59250     avg: 60255     median: 60255 (46%)     max: 61260 MFLOPS
min: 23590     avg: 53623.3     median: 66280 (51%)     max: 71000 MFLOPS
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 9075     avg: 10547     median: 10547 (66%)     max: 12019 Points
13842 Points (87%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.4 points (106%)
7.5 points (107%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 12879     avg: 16948.6     median: 17369 (24%)     max: 25328 Points
min: 16115     avg: 18440.5     median: 18520 (26%)     max: 20526 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 4628     avg: 5795.6     median: 5933 (30%)     max: 6358 points
min: 5165     avg: 6335     median: 6724 (35%)     max: 7245 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 28688     avg: 29084     median: 29084 (19%)     max: 29480 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 4012     avg: 4157.5     median: 4157 (11%)     max: 4303 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
5788 Points (18%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2630QM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2820QM → 109%

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1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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