Intel Core i7-2649M vs Intel Core i7-2640M vs Intel Core i7-2720QM

Intel Core i7-2649M

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The Intel Core i7-2649M is power efficient LV (Low Voltage) processor for laptops. The base frequency of 2.3 GHz is relatively low, but due to Turbo Boost 2.0, the CPU may clock up to 3.2 GHz (one core loaded, 2.9 GHz with both cores loaded). However, this is depending on the cooling and power consumption of the laptop. Due to HyperThreading, the i7-2649M is able to handle 4 threads in parallel. Compared to the similar called Core i7-2620M, the 2649M is slower but also needs less power (25W versus 35W TDP).

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 500 or 1100MHz (Turbo Boost). Due to the slower base clock rate, compared to HD Graphics 3000 in 35W and 45W processors (usually clocked at 650), the performance should be a bit lower.

The performance of the CPU should be a bit higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i7 LV. Therefore, the performance should a bit above the Core i3-390M if the Turbo can be used often.

The TDP of 25W (includes the integrated GPU and memory controller) allows the use of the 2649M CPU in thin notebooks.

Intel Core i7-2640M

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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 i7-2720QM

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The Intel Core i7-2720QM is a fast high-end 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 i7-2720QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the faster clocked 2820QM, the 2720QM offers less level 3 cache (6 vs. 8MB).

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 i7-2720QM 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 i7-2720QM is noticeable better than the old i7-720QM and even a bit faster than the fastest Clarksfield CPU the 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 2720QM can be found in the lower section of this page, or in our detailed review of the new Sandy Bridge quad core processors.

The relative high TDP rating of the 2720QM 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 i7-2649MIntel Core i7-2640MIntel Core i7-2720QM
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
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512 KB512 KB1 MB
4 MB4 MB6 MB
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624 624 995
32 32 32
149 mm2149 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
BGA1023FCBGA1224, FCPGA988
HD Graphics 3000 500-1100MHz, integrated DDR3-1333 memory controller, Virtualization, Trusted Execution, Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost 2.0HD Graphics 3000, DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 8GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (500 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
Intel Core i7 2649MIntel Core i7 2720QM
$346 U.S.$378 U.S.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
3.1 Points (7%)
5.3 Points (12%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.4 Points (68%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4009     avg: 4382.9     median: 4443 (46%)     max: 4506 Points
min: 4114     avg: 4167.8     median: 4167 (43%)     max: 4219 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 9691     avg: 9765.9     median: 9778 (15%)     max: 9833 Points
min: 13961     avg: 14649.4     median: 14852 (23%)     max: 15301 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 11067     avg: 11766.9     median: 11874 (16%)     max: 12037 Points
min: 15819     avg: 17946.3     median: 18193 (24%)     max: 19061 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5445     avg: 5549.1     median: 5534 (53%)     max: 5665 Points
min: 4204     avg: 5084     median: 5236 (51%)     max: 5299 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 478     avg: 493.5     median: 489 (6%)     max: 523 seconds
min: 410     avg: 423.1     median: 423 (5%)     max: 435 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 15     avg: 15.5     median: 15 (3%)     max: 16 seconds
min: 12     avg: 13     median: 13 (3%)     max: 13 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 (10%)     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: 3882     avg: 3933.5     median: 3927 (26%)     max: 3978 Points
min: 5133     avg: 5529.1     median: 5616 (38%)     max: 5772 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
11.2 Seconds (2%)
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 25     avg: 26     median: 26 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
min: 26     avg: 27     median: 27 (1%)     max: 28 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 604     avg: 626.2     median: 634 (3%)     max: 639 Seconds
min: 635     avg: 649.5     median: 647 (3%)     max: 671 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 64300     avg: 64522.5     median: 64545 (31%)     max: 64700 MIPS
109640 MIPS (52%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 39000     avg: 39255     median: 39135 (30%)     max: 39750 MFLOPS
66400 MFLOPS (51%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.2 points (103%)
7.5 points (107%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 10127     avg: 10509.3     median: 10559 (15%)     max: 10838 Points
min: 11457     avg: 17983.6     median: 18725 (26%)     max: 19716 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3902     avg: 4140.4     median: 4172 (21%)     max: 4320 points
min: 5473     avg: 6494.9     median: 6627 (34%)     max: 7334 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
26569 Points (17%)
36234 Points (23%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
2876 Points (7%)
5494 Points (14%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
7558 Points (23%)
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 i7-2640M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2720QM → 132%

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