Intel Core i7-2637M vs Intel Core i7-2760QM vs Intel Core i7-2960XM

Intel Core i7-2637M

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The Intel Core i7-2637M is power efficient ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor for thin and light laptops. The base frequency of 1.7 GHz is relatively low, but due to Turbo Boost 2.0, the CPU may clock up to 2.8 GHz (on core loaded, 2.5 GHz with both cores loaded). However, this depends on the cooling and power consumption of the laptop. Due to HyperThreading, the i7-2637M is able to handle 4 threads in parallel. Compared to the slower i7-2617M, the 2637M offers a higher clock speed (processor core and turbo, graphics turbo).

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most notable 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 1200MHz (Turbo Boost). Due to the slower clock rate without the Turbo, compared to HD Graphics 3000 in 35W and 45W processors (usually clocked at 650 base speed 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. Thanks to the high Turbo Boost frequencies, the performance should be similar to the Core i3-2310M. However, the laptop cooling system has to keep the processor relatively cool for the Turbo Boost to work often.

The TDP of 17W (includes the integrated GPU and memory controller) allows the use of the 2637M CPU in small subnotebooks.

Intel Core i7-2760QM

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The Intel Core i7-2760QM is a fast high-end quad core processor for laptops and successor of the slower clocked Core i7-2720QM. 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 i7-2760QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the 2820QM, the 2760QM offers less level 3 cache (6 vs. 8MB) but should make this up due to the higher clock speed.

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 i7-2760QM 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 i7-2720QM (should be similar to the 2760QM). As the graphics card shares the fast last level cache, the processor is a bit slower with activated GPU.

The performance of the Core i7-2760QM is only slightly below the Core i7-2920XM (see benchmarks below). 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 relative high TDP rating of the 2760QM 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 i7-2960XM

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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 i7-2637MIntel Core i7-2760QMIntel Core i7-2960XM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy BridgeSandy Bridge
: Core i7 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i7-2960XM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-2637M1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2960XM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-2960XM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
1700 - 2800 MHz2400 - 3500 MHz2700 - 3700 MHz
128 KB256 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB1 MB
4 MB6 MB8 MB
2 / 44 / 84 / 8
17 45 55
624 995 995
32 32 32
149 mm2216 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
BGA1023FCBGA1224, FCPGA988FCPGA988
Turbo Boost 2.0, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization VT-x, Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d), Trusted Execution, AES, Intel 64, Anti-Theft, My WiFi, Idle States, Enhanced SpeedStep, Thermal Monitorin, Execute Disable BitHD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (350 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
$289 U.S.$378 U.S.$1096 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2637MIntel Core i7 2960XM

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
201 Points (5%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
93 Points (43%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
2.2 Points (5%)
5.6 Points (13%)
6.3 Points (14%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.1 Points (55%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3529     avg: 3578     median: 3600 (39%)     max: 3605 Points
min: 4451     avg: 4474.5     median: 4474 (49%)     max: 4499 Points
4928 Points (54%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 7046     avg: 7068.7     median: 7074 (11%)     max: 7086 Points
min: 14760     avg: 15868.8     median: 16211 (25%)     max: 16293 Points
18300 Points (28%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 8430     avg: 8639     median: 8722 (11%)     max: 8765 Points
min: 18048     avg: 19417     median: 19747 (26%)     max: 20126 Points
22311 Points (29%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4464     avg: 4469     median: 4471 (43%)     max: 4472 Points
min: 5471     avg: 5509.3     median: 5471 (53%)     max: 5623 Points
6184 Points (60%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 690     avg: 744     median: 765 (9%)     max: 776 seconds
294.3 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 20     avg: 21.2     median: 21 (4%)     max: 21 seconds
8.2 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
min: 2286     avg: 2324.5     median: 2324 (27%)     max: 2363 KB/s
4325 KB/s (51%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 11     avg: 12.1     median: 12 (0%)     max: 12 fps
28 fps (1%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 68     avg: 70.1     median: 69 (26%)     max: 72 fps
120.4 fps (45%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.1 GB/s (6%)
0.3 GB/s (14%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (7%)
0.5 GB/s (16%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.2 GB/s (6%)
3 GB/s (15%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2814     avg: 2836     median: 2834 (19%)     max: 2860 Points
min: 5677     avg: 5930     median: 6000 (40%)     max: 6042 Points
6820 Points (46%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 13     avg: 14     median: 14 (3%)     max: 14 Seconds
11 Seconds (2%)
10 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 31     avg: 32.3     median: 32 (1%)     max: 33 Seconds
min: 25     avg: 25.3     median: 25 (1%)     max: 26 Seconds
22 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 735     avg: 755     median: 757 (3%)     max: 772 Seconds
min: 604     avg: 609.7     median: 604 (3%)     max: 621 Seconds
568 Seconds (3%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
45450 MIPS (22%)
107700 MIPS (51%)
120900 MIPS (57%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
29870 MFLOPS (23%)
72380 MFLOPS (56%)
80500 MFLOPS (62%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
6.9 points (99%)
7.5 points (107%)
7.6 points (109%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 7546     avg: 7733     median: 7552 (11%)     max: 8101 Points
min: 16044     avg: 19256     median: 20451 (29%)     max: 20494 Points
23249 Points (32%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
3258 points (17%)
min: 6050     avg: 6810.3     median: 7061 (36%)     max: 7068 points
8098 points (42%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
27910 Points (18%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
29096 Points (34%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
2382 Points (6%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
3294 Points (10%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
4566 Points (6%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
2288 Points (47%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
4800 Points (16%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
2703 Points (45%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
2769 Points (44%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5048 Points (9%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
16640 Points (32%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 2637M +
29.1 Watt (6%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 2637M +
30.5 Watt (5%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2637M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2760QM → 183%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2960XM → 203%

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