Intel Core i7-2760QM vs Intel Core i7-2620M vs Intel Core i7-2670QM

Intel Core i7-2760QM

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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 i7-2620M

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The Intel Core i7-2620M is the fastest dual core processor at the time of introduction in Q1 2011. It is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture and offers Hyperthreading to handle 4 threads at once (for a better usage of the pipeline). Compared to the slower Core i5, the i7 offers a larger last level cache of 4MB. The base clock speed is 2.7 GHz but due to Turbo Boost it can reach 3.2 GHz (2 cores active) and 3.4 GHz (1 core active).

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 256Bit AVX instructions, the improved Turbo 2.0 and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. 

Der i7-2620M 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 2620M it is clocked from 650-1300MHz (Turbo Boost).

Furthermore, an improved dual-channel DDR3 memory controller is included on the CPU die that is used by the CPU and GPU part.

Due to the improved architecture and the new Turbo Boost 2.0, the average performance of the Core i7-2620M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i7. In synthetic benchmarks the performance ranges from the old Core i7-620M to the Core i7-820QM quad core processor. On average it should be on a level of the fast Core i7-640M.

The 35W TDP rating includes the integrated GPU and memory controller.

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 i7-2760QMIntel Core i7-2620MIntel Core i7-2670QM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy BridgeSandy Bridge
: Core i7 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i7-2960XM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2960XM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-2620M2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2960XM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-2670QM2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
2400 - 3500 MHz2700 - 3400 MHz2200 - 3100 MHz
256 KB128 KB256 KB
1 MB512 KB1 MB
6 MB4 MB6 MB
4 / 82 / 44 / 8
45 35 45
995 624 995
32 32 32
216 mm2149 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988rPGA988B, BGA1023
HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 8GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization (VT-x)
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1100 MHz)
$378 U.S.$346 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2620M

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 5.49     avg: 5.6     median: 5.6 (13%)     max: 5.66 Points
min: 2.6     avg: 3     median: 3.1 (7%)     max: 3.11 Points
min: 4.85     avg: 5.2     median: 5.2 (12%)     max: 5.34 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4451     avg: 4475     median: 4474 (46%)     max: 4499
min: 3532     avg: 4200     median: 4333 (45%)     max: 4384
min: 3685     avg: 3879     median: 3899.5 (40%)     max: 3998
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 14760     avg: 15869     median: 16211 (27%)     max: 16293
min: 7650     avg: 9124     median: 9433 (16%)     max: 9632
min: 14121     avg: 14804     median: 14842.5 (25%)     max: 15164
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 18048     avg: 19417     median: 19747 (23%)     max: 20126 Points
min: 9634     avg: 11273     median: 11444 (13%)     max: 11711 Points
min: 17228     avg: 17967     median: 18076 (21%)     max: 18345 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 5471     avg: 5509     median: 5471.5 (48%)     max: 5623 Points
min: 4462     avg: 5325     median: 5412 (47%)     max: 5479 Points
min: 4628     avg: 4823     median: 4848 (42%)     max: 4960 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
294 s (3%)
min: 494     avg: 525     median: 505 (6%)     max: 593.5 s
min: 303     avg: 322     median: 328.1 (4%)     max: 334.632 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
8.2 s (2%)
min: 11.565     avg: 16.3     median: 16.2 (3%)     max: 19.4 s
min: 9.5     avg: 10.3     median: 10.6 (2%)     max: 10.978 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
4325 (44%)
4325 (44%)
min: 4037     avg: 4149     median: 4140 (43%)     max: 4270
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
28 fps (17%)
28 fps (17%)
min: 26.32     avg: 26.6     median: 26.5 (16%)     max: 26.93 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
120 fps (41%)
120.4 fps (42%)
min: 71.72     avg: 101     median: 115.1 (40%)     max: 115.6 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.3 GB/s (0%)
0.3 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.25     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.258 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.5 GB/s (0%)
0.5 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.443     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.453 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
3 GB/s (0%)
3 GB/s (0%)
min: 2.5     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (0%)     max: 2.7 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5677     avg: 5930     median: 6000.5 (40%)     max: 6042 Points
min: 3039     avg: 3753     median: 3827 (26%)     max: 3884 Points
min: 4617     avg: 5333     median: 5400.5 (36%)     max: 5464 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11     median: 11 (2%)     max: 11.1 s
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11 (2%)     max: 14.3 s
12 s (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 25     avg: 25.3     median: 25 (1%)     max: 26 s
min: 26     avg: 27.3     median: 27 (1%)     max: 32.9 s
min: 27     avg: 28.1     median: 28 (1%)     max: 29 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 604     avg: 610     median: 604 (3%)     max: 621 s
min: 620     avg: 685     median: 640.1 (3%)     max: 1098.43 s
min: 665     avg: 677     median: 675 (3%)     max: 693 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
107700 MIPS (51%)
min: 53030     avg: 55805     median: 53870 (26%)     max: 62450 MIPS
min: 89820     avg: 99008     median: 100470 (48%)     max: 103490 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
72380 MFLOPS (56%)
min: 37790     avg: 37923     median: 37950 (29%)     max: 38000 MFLOPS
min: 65680     avg: 66132     median: 66000 (51%)     max: 66630 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.5 Points (96%)
min: 6.9     avg: 7.1     median: 7.1 (91%)     max: 7.1 Points
7.5 Points (96%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 16044     avg: 19256     median: 20451 (29%)     max: 20494 Points
min: 8605     avg: 11161     median: 10271 (14%)     max: 21984 Points
min: 16224     avg: 18129     median: 18363 (26%)     max: 18863 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 6050     avg: 6810     median: 7061.5 (32%)     max: 7068 Points
min: 3296     avg: 3947     median: 4060 (18%)     max: 4362 Points
min: 6064     avg: 6437     median: 6490 (29%)     max: 6712 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2760QM → 100% n=22

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2620M → 83% n=22

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2670QM → 94% n=22

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