Intel Core i7-2670QM vs Intel Core i7-2960XM

Intel Core i7-2670QM

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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 i7-2960XM

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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 i7-2670QMIntel Core i7-2960XM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy Bridge
Series: Core i7 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM compare2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM compare2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM compare2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM compare2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM compare2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-2670QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M compare2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M compare2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M compare2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M compare1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M compare1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M compare1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M compare1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM compare2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM compare2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM compare2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM compare2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM compare2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M compare2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M compare2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M compare2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M compare1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M compare1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M compare1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M compare1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
2200 - 3100 MHz2700 - 3700 MHz
256 KB256 KB
1 MB1 MB
6 MB8 MB
4 / 84 / 8
45 55
995 995
32 32
216 mm2216 mm2
HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization (VT-x)HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
100 °C
FCPGA988
$1096 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2960XM

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 4.85     avg: 5.2     median: 5.2 (10%)     max: 5.34 Points
6.3 Points (13%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3685     avg: 3879     median: 3899.5 (35%)     max: 3998
4928 (44%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 14121     avg: 14804     median: 14842.5 (25%)     max: 15164
18300 (31%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 17228     avg: 17967     median: 18076 (17%)     max: 18345 Points
22311 Points (21%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4628     avg: 4823     median: 4848 (37%)     max: 4960 Points
6184 Points (47%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 2670QM +
min: 303     avg: 322     median: 328.1 (4%)     max: 334.632 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 2670QM +
min: 9.5     avg: 10.3     median: 10.6 (2%)     max: 10.978 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 2670QM +
min: 4037     avg: 4149     median: 4140 (27%)     max: 4270
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 2670QM +
min: 26.32     avg: 26.6     median: 26.5 (12%)     max: 26.93 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 2670QM +
min: 71.72     avg: 101     median: 115.1 (34%)     max: 115.6 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 2670QM +
min: 0.25     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (11%)     max: 0.258 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 2670QM +
min: 0.443     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (12%)     max: 0.453 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 2670QM +
min: 2.5     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (10%)     max: 2.7 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4617     avg: 5333     median: 5400.5 (30%)     max: 5464 Points
6820 Points (38%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
12 s (3%)
10 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27     avg: 28.1     median: 28 (1%)     max: 29 s
22 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 665     avg: 677     median: 675 (3%)     max: 693 s
568 s (3%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 89820     avg: 99008     median: 100470 (48%)     max: 103490 MIPS
120900 MIPS (57%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 65680     avg: 66132     median: 66000 (51%)     max: 66630 MFLOPS
80500 MFLOPS (62%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.5 Points (96%)
7.6 Points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 16224     avg: 18129     median: 18363 (21%)     max: 18863 Points
23249 Points (27%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 6064     avg: 6437     median: 6490 (27%)     max: 6712 Points
8098 Points (33%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2670QM → 100% n=14

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2960XM → 118% n=14

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- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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