Intel Core i7-2670QM vs Intel Core i7-2620M

Intel Core i7-2670QM

► remove Intel 2670QM

The Intel Core i7-2670QM is a fast quad core processor for laptops and successor to the popular i7-2630QM. 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 2630QM, the 2670QM offers higher base and turbo frequencies by 200MHz. Compared to the faster Core i7, the 2670QM 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 2670QM it is clocked from  650-1100MHz (Turbo Boost). The Core i7-2675QM in comparison offers a higher Turbo Boost frequency of 1200MHz for the GPU part.

Furthermore, an improved (compared to Clarkdale) 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 i7-2670QM should be only slightly slower than the old Core i7-2720QM that offers only a slightly higher Turbo Boost frequencies. Therefore, even demanding applications and games should run without performance problems.

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 i7-2620M

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The Intel Core i7-2620M is the fastest dual core processor at the time of introduction in Q1 2011. 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 2.7 GHz but due to Turbo Boost it can reach 3.2 GHz (2 cores active) and 3.4 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 i7-2620M 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).

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 i7-2620M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i7. In synthetic benchmarks the performance ranges from the old Core i7-620M to the Core i7-820QM quad core processor. On average it should be on a level of the fast Core i7-640M.

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

Intel Core i7-2670QMIntel Core i7-2620M
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 i7-2670QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM (compare)2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM (compare)2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M (compare)2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2700 - 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 i7-2670QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM (compare)2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM (compare)2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M (compare)2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-2620M2700 - 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
2200 - 3100 MHz2700 - 3400 MHz
256 KB128 KB
1 MB512 KB
6 MB4 MB
4 / 82 / 4
45 35
995 624
32 32
216 mm2149 mm2
HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization (VT-x)HD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), 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)
100 °C
rPGA988B, BGA1023
$346 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2620M

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 4.85     avg: 5.2     median: 5.2 (19%)     max: 5.34 Points
min: 2.6     avg: 3     median: 3.1 (11%)     max: 3.11 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3685     avg: 3879.2     median: 3899.5 (43%)     max: 3998 Points
min: 3532     avg: 4200.4     median: 4333 (47%)     max: 4384 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 14121     avg: 14804.4     median: 14842.5 (30%)     max: 15164 Points
min: 7650     avg: 9124.2     median: 9433 (19%)     max: 9632 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 17228     avg: 17966.8     median: 18076 (24%)     max: 18345 Points
min: 9634     avg: 11272.8     median: 11444 (15%)     max: 11711 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4628     avg: 4823.3     median: 4848 (47%)     max: 4960 Points
min: 4462     avg: 5324.6     median: 5412 (53%)     max: 5479 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 303     avg: 321.9     median: 328.1 (4%)     max: 334.632 seconds
min: 494     avg: 525.1     median: 505 (6%)     max: 593.5 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 9.5     avg: 10.4     median: 10.6 (2%)     max: 10.978 seconds
min: 11.565     avg: 16.3     median: 16.2 (3%)     max: 19.4 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 4037     avg: 4149     median: 4140 (49%)     max: 4270 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 26.32     avg: 26.6     median: 26.5 (18%)     max: 26.93 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 71.72     avg: 100.8     median: 115.1 (43%)     max: 115.6 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.25     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.258 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.443     avg: 0.5     median: 0.4 (15%)     max: 0.453 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 2.5     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (14%)     max: 2.7 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4617     avg: 5333.2     median: 5400.5 (15%)     max: 5464 Points
min: 3039     avg: 3753.1     median: 3827 (11%)     max: 3884 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
12 Seconds (3%)
min: 11     avg: 11.5     median: 11 (2%)     max: 14.3 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27     avg: 28.1     median: 28 (1%)     max: 29 Seconds
min: 26     avg: 27.3     median: 27 (1%)     max: 32.9 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 665     avg: 677.3     median: 675 (3%)     max: 693 Seconds
min: 620     avg: 685.4     median: 640.1 (3%)     max: 1098.43 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 89820     avg: 99008     median: 100470 (48%)     max: 103490 MIPS
min: 53030     avg: 55805     median: 53870 (26%)     max: 62450 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 65680     avg: 66132     median: 66000 (51%)     max: 66630 MFLOPS
min: 37790     avg: 37922.5     median: 37950 (29%)     max: 38000 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.5 points (96%)
min: 6.9     avg: 7.1     median: 7.1 (91%)     max: 7.1 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 16224     avg: 18128.6     median: 18363 (31%)     max: 18863 Points
min: 8605     avg: 11160.9     median: 10271 (17%)     max: 21984 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 6064     avg: 6437.4     median: 6490 (35%)     max: 6712 points
min: 3296     avg: 3946.6     median: 4060 (22%)     max: 4362 points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2670QM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2620M → 81%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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