Intel Core i7-2657M vs Intel Core i7-2920XM vs Intel Core i7-2860QM

Intel Core i7-2657M

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The Intel Core i7-2657M is power efficient ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor for thin and light laptops. The base frequency of 1.6 GHz is relatively low, but due to Turbo Boost 2.0, the CPU may clock up to 2.7 GHz (on core loaded, 2.4 GHz with both cores loaded). However, this depends on the cooling and power consumption of the laptop. Due to HyperThreading, the i7-2657M is able to handle 4 threads in parallel. Compared to the slower i7-2617M, the 2657M offers a higher clock speed (processor core and turbo, graphics turbo).

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 1000MHz (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. In our benchmarks (see below), the ULV processor was as fast as a Core i3-2310M due to the high Turbo Boost frequencies. 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 2657M CPU in small subnotebooks.

Intel Core i7-2920XM

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The Intel Core i7-2920XM is the fastest quad-core processor for laptops in Q1-2011. 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 i7-2920XM is now manufactured in 32nm, offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the slower clocked 2820QM, the 2920XM is specified with a higher TDP.

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 Core i7-2920XM 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.

Due to the high Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading, the performance of the Core i7-2920XM can reach levels of the fast desktop Core i5-2500K processor. Compared to the previous generation, the i7-2920XM is up to 42% faster than the old Core i7-940XM processor. Therefore, the performance should be sufficient for even the most demanding tasks like HD video editing or 3D games. Extensive benchmarks can be found at the end of this page and in our review of the new Sandy Bridge quad core processors.

The high TDP rating of the 2920XM enables the usage of the quad core only in large and heavy laptops (usually 15" and up). Compared to the previous generation of quad-cores, however, the TDP improved, as the integrated GPU is now included.

Intel Core i7-2860QM

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The Intel Core i7-2860QM is a fast high-end quad core processor for laptops and successor to the Core i7-2820QM. At the time of announcement (Sept. 2011) it was the fastest 45 Watt processor and even beats the older Core 7-2920XM. 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 i7-2860QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the slower clocked 2760QM, the 2860QM also 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 i7-2860QM 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 i7-2820QM (which should be similar to the 2860QM). As the graphics card shares the fast last level cache, the processor is a bit slower with activated GPU.

The performance of the Core i7-2860QM should be above the former fastest mobile CPU, the Core i7-2920XM. 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 2860QM 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 i7-2657MIntel Core i7-2920XMIntel Core i7-2860QM
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
1600 - 2700 MHz2500 - 3500 MHz2500 - 3600 MHz
128 KB256 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB1 MB
4 MB8 MB8 MB
2 / 44 / 84 / 8
17 55 45
624 995 995
32 32 32
149 mm2216 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
BGA1023FCPGA988
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 (650-1300MHz), DDR3-1066/1333/1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (350 - 1000 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
$317 U.S.$1096 U.S.$568 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2657MIntel Core i7 2920XM

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
1.9 Points (5%)
min: 5.7     avg: 6     median: 6 (16%)     max: 6.2 Points
min: 5.84     avg: 5.9     median: 5.9 (15%)     max: 5.91 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
3491 Points (36%)
min: 4282     avg: 4387     median: 4378.5 (45%)     max: 4507 Points
min: 4515     avg: 4576     median: 4576 (47%)     max: 4637 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6229 Points (10%)
min: 16067     avg: 16949     median: 17187.5 (29%)     max: 17355 Points
min: 16700     avg: 16810     median: 16809.5 (28%)     max: 16919 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7715 Points (10%)
min: 19727     avg: 20763     median: 20959 (28%)     max: 21407 Points
min: 20290     avg: 20328     median: 20328 (27%)     max: 20366 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4376 Points (41%)
min: 5343     avg: 5525     median: 5565 (52%)     max: 5628 Points
min: 5639     avg: 5720     median: 5719.5 (53%)     max: 5800 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 264.9     avg: 277     median: 273.7 (3%)     max: 295 seconds
278 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 8.29     avg: 8.5     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 8.9 seconds
7.8 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
min: 3296     avg: 3923     median: 3923 (46%)     max: 4550 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 30.4     avg: 30.8     median: 30.8 (20%)     max: 31.2 fps
32 fps (20%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 129.4     avg: 131     median: 131.4 (47%)     max: 133.4 fps
132 fps (47%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.293     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (16%)     max: 0.296 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (16%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.508     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (0%)     max: 0.521 GB/s
0.5 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 2.8     avg: 3     median: 3 (15%)     max: 3.1 GB/s
2.7 GB/s (14%)
Blender 2.79 *
996 Seconds (7%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
2546 Points (17%)
min: 5944     avg: 6100     median: 6131 (41%)     max: 6206 Points
min: 6273     avg: 6323     median: 6323 (42%)     max: 6373 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
14 Seconds (3%)
min: 10     avg: 10.5     median: 10 (2%)     max: 11.7 Seconds
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.57 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
32 Seconds (1%)
min: 24     avg: 24.6     median: 24 (1%)     max: 25.9 Seconds
min: 23     avg: 23.5     median: 23.5 (1%)     max: 23.94 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
751 Seconds (3%)
min: 580     avg: 600     median: 594 (3%)     max: 620 Seconds
min: 587.1     avg: 590     median: 590.1 (3%)     max: 593 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
40570 MIPS (19%)
min: 118300     avg: 121717     median: 121780 (58%)     max: 125070 MIPS
min: 111300     avg: 115310     median: 115310 (55%)     max: 119320 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
26000 MFLOPS (20%)
min: 71200     avg: 74190     median: 75680 (58%)     max: 75690 MFLOPS
min: 72360     avg: 73330     median: 73330 (56%)     max: 74300 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
6.6 points (85%)
min: 7.5     avg: 7.6     median: 7.6 (97%)     max: 7.6 points
7.6 points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
7732 Points (11%)
min: 20540     avg: 21107     median: 21148 (30%)     max: 21592 Points
21417 Points (30%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
3102 points (15%)
min: 7804     avg: 7915     median: 7914.5 (39%)     max: 8025 points
7590 points (37%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3508 Points (55%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
11209 Points (19%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2657M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2920XM → 168%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2860QM → 161%

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