Intel Core i7-2720QM vs Intel Core i7-2960XM

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 i7-2960XM

► remove Intel 2960XM

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 i7-2720QMIntel Core i7-2960XM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy Bridge
: 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 i7-2720QM2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM compare2.2 - 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 i7-2720QM2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM compare2.2 - 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 - 3300 MHz2700 - 3700 MHz
256 KB256 KB
1 MB1 MB
6 MB8 MB
4 / 84 / 8
45 55
995 995
32 32
216 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988FCPGA988
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)
Architecturex86x86
$378 U.S.$1096 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2720QMIntel Core i7 2960XM

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 5.12     avg: 5.3     median: 5.3 (11%)     max: 5.64 Points
6.3 Points (13%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4114     avg: 4168     median: 4167 (37%)     max: 4219
4928 (44%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 13961     avg: 14649     median: 14852 (25%)     max: 15301
18300 (31%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 15819     avg: 17946     median: 18193 (17%)     max: 19061 Points
22311 Points (21%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4204     avg: 5084     median: 5236 (39%)     max: 5299 Points
6184 Points (47%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 410.2     avg: 423     median: 423.5 (5%)     max: 435.633 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 2720QM +
min: 12.13     avg: 13     median: 13.1 (3%)     max: 13.729 s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5133     avg: 5529     median: 5616 (31%)     max: 5772 Points
6820 Points (38%)
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
10 s (2%)
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
22 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 635     avg: 650     median: 647 (3%)     max: 671 s
568 s (3%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
109640 MIPS (52%)
120900 MIPS (57%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
66400 MFLOPS (51%)
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: 11457     avg: 17984     median: 18725 (22%)     max: 19716 Points
23249 Points (27%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 5473     avg: 6495     median: 6627 (28%)     max: 7334 Points
8098 Points (35%)
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=14

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2960XM → 115% n=14

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1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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