Intel Core i7-2720QM vs Intel Core i7-2760QM

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 i7-2760QM

► remove Intel 2760QM

The Intel Core i7-2760QM is a fast high-end quad core processor for laptops and successor of the slower clocked Core i7-2720QM. 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 i7-2760QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the 2820QM, the 2760QM offers less level 3 cache (6 vs. 8MB) but should make this up due to the higher clock speed.

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 i7-2760QM 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 i7-2720QM (should be similar to the 2760QM). As the graphics card shares the fast last level cache, the processor is a bit slower with activated GPU.

The performance of the Core i7-2760QM is only slightly below the Core i7-2920XM (see benchmarks below). 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 2760QM 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 i7-2760QM
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 i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM (compare)2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-2720QM2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM (compare)2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM (compare)2200 - 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 i7-2620M (compare)2700 - 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 i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM (compare)2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM (compare)2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM (compare)2200 - 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 i7-2620M (compare)2700 - 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 - 3300 MHz2400 - 3500 MHz
256 KB256 KB
1 MB1 MB
6 MB6 MB
4 / 84 / 8
45 45
995 995
32 32
216 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988FCBGA1224, FCPGA988
HD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
$378 U.S.$378 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2720QM

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
5.3 Points (16%)
5.6 Points (17%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4114     avg: 4167.8     median: 4167 (46%)     max: 4219 Points
min: 4451     avg: 4474.5     median: 4474 (49%)     max: 4499 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 13961     avg: 14649.4     median: 14852 (30%)     max: 15301 Points
min: 14760     avg: 15868.8     median: 16211 (33%)     max: 16293 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 15819     avg: 17946.3     median: 18193 (24%)     max: 19061 Points
min: 18048     avg: 19417     median: 19747 (26%)     max: 20126 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4204     avg: 5084     median: 5236 (51%)     max: 5299 Points
min: 5471     avg: 5509.3     median: 5471 (53%)     max: 5623 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 410     avg: 423.1     median: 423 (5%)     max: 435 seconds
294.3 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 12     avg: 13     median: 13 (3%)     max: 13 seconds
8.2 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
4325 KB/s (51%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
28 fps (1%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
120.4 fps (45%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (28%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (16%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
3 GB/s (16%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5133     avg: 5529.1     median: 5616 (38%)     max: 5772 Points
min: 5677     avg: 5930     median: 6000 (40%)     max: 6042 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
11 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26     avg: 27     median: 27 (1%)     max: 28 Seconds
min: 25     avg: 25.3     median: 25 (1%)     max: 26 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 635     avg: 649.5     median: 647 (3%)     max: 671 Seconds
min: 604     avg: 609.7     median: 604 (3%)     max: 621 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
109640 MIPS (52%)
107700 MIPS (51%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
66400 MFLOPS (51%)
72380 MFLOPS (56%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.5 points (107%)
7.5 points (107%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 11457     avg: 17983.6     median: 18725 (27%)     max: 19716 Points
min: 16044     avg: 19256     median: 20451 (30%)     max: 20494 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 5473     avg: 6494.9     median: 6627 (36%)     max: 7334 points
min: 6050     avg: 6810.3     median: 7061 (38%)     max: 7068 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
36234 Points (23%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
5494 Points (14%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
7558 Points (26%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2720QM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2760QM → 103%

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

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