Intel Core i7-2720QM vs Intel Core i7-2629M vs Intel Core i7-2860QM

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 i7-2629M

► remove from comparison Intel 2629M

The Intel Core i7-2629M is power efficient LV (Low Voltage) processor for laptops. The base frequency of 2.1 GHz is relatively low, but due to Turbo Boost 2.0, the CPU may clock up to 3 GHz (on core loaded, 2.7 GHz with both cores loaded). However, this is depending on the cooling and power consumption of the laptop. Due to HyperThreading, the i7-2629M is able to handle 4 threads in parallel. Compared to the similar called Core i7-2620M, the 2629M 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 i3-380M if the Turbo can be used often.

The TDP of 25W (includes the integrated GPU and memory controller) allows the use of the 2629M CPU in thin notebooks.

Intel Core i7-2860QM

► remove from comparison Intel 2860QM

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 i7-2720QMIntel Core i7-2629MIntel Core i7-2860QM
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 MHz2100 - 3000 MHz2500 - 3600 MHz
256 KB128 KB256 KB
1 MB512 KB1 MB
6 MB4 MB8 MB
4 / 82 / 44 / 8
45 25 45
995 624 995
32 32 32
216 mm2149 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988BGA1023
HD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 500-1100MHz, integrated DDR3-1333 memory controller, Virtualization, Trusted Execution, Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost 2.0HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (500 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$378 U.S.$311 U.S.$568 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2720QMIntel Core i7 2629M

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - 2860QM
34.7 pt (35%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 CPU (Multi Core)
100%
1 2860QM +
2699 Points (10%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 CPU (Single Core)
100%
1 2860QM +
692 Points (42%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
100%
1 2860QM +
268 Points (42%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
100%
1 2860QM +
1065 Points (10%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
1 2860QM +
533 Points (12%)
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
1 2860QM +
123 Points (45%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 5.12     avg: 5.3     median: 5.3 (11%)     max: 5.64 Points
111%
1 2860QM +
min: 5.84     avg: 5.9     median: 5.9 (12%)     max: 5.91 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 4114     avg: 4168     median: 4167 (37%)     max: 4219
110%
1 2860QM +
min: 4515     avg: 4576     median: 4576 (41%)     max: 4637
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 13961     avg: 14649     median: 14852 (25%)     max: 15301
113%
1 2860QM +
min: 16700     avg: 16810     median: 16809.5 (28%)     max: 16919
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 15819     avg: 17946     median: 18193 (17%)     max: 19061 Points
112%
1 2860QM +
min: 20290     avg: 20328     median: 20328 (19%)     max: 20366 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 4204     avg: 5084     median: 5236 (39%)     max: 5299 Points
109%
1 2860QM +
min: 5639     avg: 5720     median: 5719.5 (43%)     max: 5800 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 410.2     avg: 423     median: 423.5 (5%)     max: 435.633 s
102%
1 2860QM +
278 s (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 12.13     avg: 13     median: 13.1 (3%)     max: 13.729 s
101%
1 2860QM +
7.8 s (2%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
100%
1 2860QM +
16361 MIPS (13%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
100%
1 2860QM +
3875 MIPS (25%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 2860QM +
32 fps (14%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 2860QM +
132 fps (39%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
100%
1 2860QM +
2.8 fps (9%)
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TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 2860QM +
0.3 GB/s (12%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 2860QM +
0.5 GB/s (14%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 2860QM +
2.7 GB/s (10%)
Blender 2.79 - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
100%
1 2860QM +
min: 985     avg: 991     median: 990.5 (7%)     max: 996 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
100%
1 2860QM +
min: 0.95     avg: 1     median: 1 (21%)     max: 0.991 sec
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 5133     avg: 5529     median: 5616 (31%)     max: 5772 Points
113%
1 2860QM +
min: 6273     avg: 6323     median: 6323 (35%)     max: 6373 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12.3 s
100%
1 2860QM +
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.57 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 26     avg: 27     median: 27 (1%)     max: 28.2 s
100%
1 2860QM +
min: 23     avg: 23.5     median: 23.5 (1%)     max: 23.94 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 635     avg: 650     median: 647 (3%)     max: 671 s
100%
1 2860QM +
min: 587.1     avg: 590     median: 590.1 (3%)     max: 593 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 2720QM +
109640 MIPS (52%)
105%
1 2860QM +
min: 111300     avg: 115310     median: 115310 (55%)     max: 119320 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 2720QM +
66400 MFLOPS (51%)
110%
1 2860QM +
min: 72360     avg: 73330     median: 73330 (56%)     max: 74300 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
1 2720QM +
7.5 Points (96%)
101%
1 2860QM +
7.6 Points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 11457     avg: 17984     median: 18725 (22%)     max: 19716 Points
114%
1 2860QM +
21417 Points (25%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 5473     avg: 6495     median: 6627 (27%)     max: 7334 Points
115%
1 2860QM +
7590 Points (31%)
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%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 2860QM +
min: 3439     avg: 3474     median: 3473.5 (47%)     max: 3508
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 2860QM +
min: 11209     avg: 11222     median: 11222 (18%)     max: 11235
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 2860QM +
756 (45%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 2860QM +
2866 (17%)
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 2860QM +
min: 714     avg: 733     median: 732.5 (40%)     max: 751
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 2860QM +
min: 2832     avg: 2833     median: 2832.5 (17%)     max: 2833
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 2860QM +
1347 ms (2%)

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