Intel Core i7-2720QM vs Intel Core i7-2617M vs Intel Core i7-2920XM

Intel Core i7-2720QM

► remove from comparison Intel 2720QM

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 i7-2617M

► remove from comparison Intel 2617M

The Intel Core i7-2617M is power efficient ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processor for thin and light laptops. The base frequency of 1.5 GHz is relatively low, but due to Turbo Boost 2.0, the CPU may clock up to 2.6 GHz (on core loaded, 2.3 GHz with both cores loaded). However, this is depending on the cooling and power consumption of the laptop. Due to HyperThreading, the i7-2617M is able to handle 4 threads in parallel. Compared to the slower i5-2537M, the 2617M offers a higher clock speed (processor core and turbo, graphics turbo) and more last level cache.

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 950MHz (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. Therefore, the performance should be similar to a Core i3-350M if the Turbo can be used often.

The TDP of 17W (includes the integrated GPU and memory controller) allows the use of the 2617M CPU in small subnotebooks.

Intel Core i7-2920XM

► remove from comparison Intel 2920XM

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 i7-2720QMIntel Core i7-2617MIntel Core i7-2920XM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy BridgeSandy Bridge
Series: Core i7 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-2720QM2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-2617M1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-2920XM2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
2200 - 3300 MHz1500 - 2600 MHz2500 - 3500 MHz
256 KB128 KB256 KB
1 MB512 KB1 MB
6 MB4 MB8 MB
4 / 82 / 44 / 8
45 17 55
995 624 995
32 32 32
216 mm2149 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988BGA1023FCPGA988
HD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR3-1066/1333/1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (350 - 950 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$378 U.S.$100 U.S.$1096 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2720QMIntel Core i7 2617MIntel Core i7 2920XM

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 5.12     avg: 5.3     median: 5.3 (11%)     max: 5.64 Points
2.1 Points (4%)
min: 5.7     avg: 6     median: 6 (12%)     max: 6.2 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4114     avg: 4168     median: 4167 (37%)     max: 4219
3315 (30%)
min: 4282     avg: 4387     median: 4378.5 (39%)     max: 4507
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 13961     avg: 14649     median: 14852 (25%)     max: 15301
6690 (11%)
min: 16067     avg: 16949     median: 17187.5 (29%)     max: 17355
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 15819     avg: 17946     median: 18193 (17%)     max: 19061 Points
8113 Points (8%)
min: 19727     avg: 20763     median: 20959 (20%)     max: 21407 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4204     avg: 5084     median: 5236 (39%)     max: 5299 Points
4143 Points (31%)
min: 5343     avg: 5525     median: 5565 (42%)     max: 5628 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 410.2     avg: 423     median: 423.5 (5%)     max: 435.633 s
783 s (9%)
min: 264.9     avg: 277     median: 273.7 (3%)     max: 295 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 12.13     avg: 13     median: 13.1 (3%)     max: 13.729 s
24.1 s (5%)
min: 8.29     avg: 8.5     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 8.9 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 2920XM +
min: 3296     avg: 3923     median: 3923 (25%)     max: 4550
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 2920XM +
min: 30.4     avg: 30.8     median: 30.8 (14%)     max: 31.2 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 2920XM +
min: 129.4     avg: 131     median: 131.4 (39%)     max: 133.4 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 2920XM +
min: 0.293     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (12%)     max: 0.296 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 2920XM +
min: 0.508     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (14%)     max: 0.521 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 2920XM +
min: 2.8     avg: 3     median: 3 (11%)     max: 3.1 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5133     avg: 5529     median: 5616 (31%)     max: 5772 Points
2762 Points (15%)
min: 5944     avg: 6100     median: 6131 (34%)     max: 6206 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12.3 s
15.3 s (3%)
min: 10     avg: 10.5     median: 10 (2%)     max: 11.7 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26     avg: 27     median: 27 (1%)     max: 28.2 s
34.8 s (1%)
min: 24     avg: 24.6     median: 24 (1%)     max: 25.9 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 635     avg: 650     median: 647 (3%)     max: 671 s
817 s (4%)
min: 580     avg: 600     median: 594 (3%)     max: 620 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 2720QM +
109640 MIPS (52%)
111%
1 2920XM +
min: 118300     avg: 121717     median: 121780 (58%)     max: 125070 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 2720QM +
66400 MFLOPS (51%)
114%
1 2920XM +
min: 71200     avg: 74190     median: 75680 (58%)     max: 75690 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
1 2720QM +
7.5 Points (96%)
101%
1 2920XM +
min: 7.5     avg: 7.6     median: 7.6 (97%)     max: 7.6 Points
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 11457     avg: 17984     median: 18725 (22%)     max: 19716 Points
7233 Points (8%)
min: 20540     avg: 21107     median: 21148 (24%)     max: 21592 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 5473     avg: 6495     median: 6627 (27%)     max: 7334 Points
119%
1 2920XM +
min: 7804     avg: 7915     median: 7914.5 (33%)     max: 8025 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 2720QM +
36234 Points (23%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
100%
1 2720QM +
5494 Points (14%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
100%
1 2720QM +
7558 Points (19%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2720QM → 100% n=12

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2617M → 72% n=12

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2920XM → 107% n=12

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- 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)