Intel Core i7-2760QM vs Intel Core i7-2640M vs Intel Core i7-2630QM

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 i7-2640M

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The Intel Core i7-2640M is the fastest dual core processor at the time of introduction in Q3 2011 and successor of the slower clocked i7-2620M. 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 2.8 GHz but due to Turbo Boost it can reach 3.3 GHz (2 cores active) and 3.5 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 i7-2640M 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), and in the 2640M it should be similar.

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 i7-2640M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i7 dual core. The performance should even excel the old high-end quad core models like the Core i7-820QM.

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

Intel Core i7-2630QM

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The Intel Core i7-2630QM is a fast 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 i7-2630QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. The difference to the similar 2635QM is the slower Turbo Boost clock rate for the integrated GPU (1100MHz versus 1300MHz) and the different package (rPGA versus BGA). Compared to the faster Core i7, the 2630QM 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 2630QM it is clocked from 650-1100MHz (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.

The performance of the Core i7-2630QM should be about 10-15% faster than a similar clocked Clarksfield Core i7 (see first tests by Anandtech). Therefore, the 2630QM should be on a level (or even faster) than a Core i7-920XM Quad-Core.

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 i7-2640MIntel Core i7-2630QM
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 MHz2800 - 3500 MHz2000 - 2900 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 °C100 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988FCPGA988
HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000, DDR3-1066/1333 Memory Controller (max 8GB), HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 (650-1100MHz), 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 2630QM

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 5.49     avg: 5.6     median: 5.6 (21%)     max: 5.66 Points
min: 3.07     avg: 3.1     median: 3.2 (12%)     max: 3.2 Points
min: 3.89     avg: 4.7     median: 4.8 (18%)     max: 5.04 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.4 Points (56%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4451     avg: 4474.5     median: 4474 (49%)     max: 4499 Points
min: 4009     avg: 4382.9     median: 4443 (49%)     max: 4506 Points
min: 3449     avg: 3653.4     median: 3662 (40%)     max: 3772 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 14760     avg: 15868.8     median: 16211 (33%)     max: 16293 Points
min: 9691     avg: 9765.9     median: 9778 (20%)     max: 9833 Points
min: 11111     avg: 13692.3     median: 13833 (28%)     max: 14394 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 18048     avg: 19417     median: 19747 (26%)     max: 20126 Points
min: 11067     avg: 11766.9     median: 11874 (16%)     max: 12037 Points
min: 13512     avg: 16643.1     median: 16803 (22%)     max: 17347 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5471     avg: 5509.3     median: 5471.5 (53%)     max: 5623 Points
min: 5445     avg: 5549.1     median: 5534 (54%)     max: 5665 Points
min: 4325     avg: 4557.5     median: 4569 (44%)     max: 4679 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
294.3 seconds (3%)
min: 478.5     avg: 493.5     median: 489 (6%)     max: 523.632 seconds
min: 313.2     avg: 331.9     median: 325.6 (4%)     max: 435 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
8.2 seconds (2%)
min: 15     avg: 15.5     median: 15.1 (3%)     max: 16.614 seconds
min: 9.7     avg: 10.3     median: 10.1 (2%)     max: 12.5 seconds
WinRAR - Result
4325 KB/s (51%)
min: 2555     avg: 2632     median: 2620 (31%)     max: 2733 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
28 fps (1%)
min: 16.38     avg: 16.9     median: 17 (0%)     max: 17.21 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
120.4 fps (45%)
min: 88.74     avg: 91     median: 89.4 (33%)     max: 95 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (15%)
min: 0.124     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (8%)     max: 0.152 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (16%)
min: 0.198     avg: 0.2     median: 0.3 (9%)     max: 0.27 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
3 GB/s (15%)
1.6 GB/s (8%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5677     avg: 5930     median: 6000.5 (42%)     max: 6042 Points
min: 3882     avg: 3933.5     median: 3927 (27%)     max: 3978 Points
min: 4050     avg: 4911.6     median: 5039 (35%)     max: 5127 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11     median: 11 (2%)     max: 11.1 Seconds
min: 11     avg: 11.2     median: 11 (2%)     max: 11.66 Seconds
min: 13     avg: 13.2     median: 13 (3%)     max: 14.2 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 25     avg: 25.3     median: 25 (1%)     max: 26 Seconds
min: 25     avg: 26     median: 26 (1%)     max: 27.04 Seconds
min: 29     avg: 30.4     median: 30.2 (1%)     max: 32 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 604     avg: 609.7     median: 604 (3%)     max: 621 Seconds
min: 604     avg: 626.2     median: 634 (3%)     max: 639 Seconds
min: 712.5     avg: 730.4     median: 728.5 (3%)     max: 778 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
107700 MIPS (51%)
min: 64300     avg: 64522.5     median: 64545 (31%)     max: 64700 MIPS
98320 MIPS (47%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
72380 MFLOPS (56%)
min: 39000     avg: 39255     median: 39135 (30%)     max: 39750 MFLOPS
min: 59250     avg: 60255     median: 60255 (46%)     max: 61260 MFLOPS
PCMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 9075     avg: 10547     median: 10547 (66%)     max: 12019 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.5 points (96%)
min: 7     avg: 7.2     median: 7.1 (91%)     max: 7.6 points
min: 7.4     avg: 7.4     median: 7.4 (95%)     max: 7.5 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 16044     avg: 19256     median: 20451 (34%)     max: 20494 Points
min: 10127     avg: 10509.3     median: 10559 (18%)     max: 10838 Points
min: 12879     avg: 16948.6     median: 17369 (29%)     max: 25328 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 6050     avg: 6810.3     median: 7061.5 (38%)     max: 7068 points
min: 3902     avg: 4140.4     median: 4172 (22%)     max: 4320 points
min: 4628     avg: 5795.6     median: 5933.5 (32%)     max: 6358 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
26569 Points (17%)
min: 28688     avg: 29084     median: 29084 (19%)     max: 29480 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
2876 Points (7%)
min: 4012     avg: 4157.5     median: 4157.5 (11%)     max: 4303 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
5788 Points (21%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
7873 Points (64%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
6847 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
7293 Points (21%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
6298 Points (19%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
6913 Points (26%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2760QM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2640M → 81%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2630QM → 95%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)