Intel Core i7-2760QM vs Intel Core i7-2720QM vs Intel Core i7-2860QM

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 i7-2720QM

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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 i7-2860QM

► remove 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 i7-2760QMIntel Core i7-2720QMIntel Core i7-2860QM
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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
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FCBGA1224, FCPGA988FCBGA1224, FCPGA988
HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD 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)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
$378 U.S.$378 U.S.$568 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2720QM

Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
268 Points (50%)
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
1065 Points (11%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
533 Points (12%)
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
123 Points (55%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 5.49     avg: 5.6     median: 5.6 (13%)     max: 5.66 Points
min: 5.12     avg: 5.3     median: 5.3 (12%)     max: 5.64 Points
min: 5.84     avg: 5.9     median: 5.9 (13%)     max: 5.91 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4451     avg: 4475     median: 4474 (46%)     max: 4499 Points
min: 4114     avg: 4168     median: 4167 (43%)     max: 4219 Points
min: 4515     avg: 4576     median: 4576 (47%)     max: 4637 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 14760     avg: 15869     median: 16211 (27%)     max: 16293 Points
min: 13961     avg: 14649     median: 14852 (25%)     max: 15301 Points
min: 16700     avg: 16810     median: 16809.5 (28%)     max: 16919 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 18048     avg: 19417     median: 19747 (23%)     max: 20126 Points
min: 15819     avg: 17946     median: 18193 (21%)     max: 19061 Points
min: 20290     avg: 20328     median: 20328 (24%)     max: 20366 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5471     avg: 5509     median: 5471.5 (51%)     max: 5623 Points
min: 4204     avg: 5084     median: 5236 (49%)     max: 5299 Points
min: 5639     avg: 5720     median: 5719.5 (53%)     max: 5800 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
294 seconds (3%)
min: 410.2     avg: 423     median: 423.5 (5%)     max: 435.633 seconds
278 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
8.2 seconds (2%)
min: 12.13     avg: 13     median: 13.1 (3%)     max: 13.729 seconds
7.8 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
4325 KB/s (44%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
16361 MIPS (16%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
3875 MIPS (25%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
28 fps (17%)
32 fps (19%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
120 fps (41%)
132 fps (46%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
2.8 fps (10%)
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TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (12%)
0.3 GB/s (13%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (13%)
0.5 GB/s (15%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
3 GB/s (15%)
2.7 GB/s (14%)
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU *
min: 985     avg: 991     median: 990.5 (7%)     max: 996 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean *
1 sec (21%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5677     avg: 5930     median: 6000.5 (40%)     max: 6042 Points
min: 5133     avg: 5529     median: 5616 (38%)     max: 5772 Points
min: 6273     avg: 6323     median: 6323 (42%)     max: 6373 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11     median: 11 (2%)     max: 11.1 Seconds
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12.3 Seconds
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.57 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 25     avg: 25.3     median: 25 (1%)     max: 26 Seconds
min: 26     avg: 27     median: 27 (1%)     max: 28.2 Seconds
min: 23     avg: 23.5     median: 23.5 (1%)     max: 23.94 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 604     avg: 610     median: 604 (3%)     max: 621 Seconds
min: 635     avg: 650     median: 647 (3%)     max: 671 Seconds
min: 587.1     avg: 590     median: 590.1 (3%)     max: 593 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
107700 MIPS (51%)
109640 MIPS (52%)
min: 111300     avg: 115310     median: 115310 (55%)     max: 119320 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
72380 MFLOPS (56%)
66400 MFLOPS (51%)
min: 72360     avg: 73330     median: 73330 (56%)     max: 74300 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.5 points (96%)
7.5 points (96%)
7.6 points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 16044     avg: 19256     median: 20451 (29%)     max: 20494 Points
min: 11457     avg: 17984     median: 18725 (26%)     max: 19716 Points
21417 Points (30%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 6050     avg: 6810     median: 7061.5 (32%)     max: 7068 points
min: 5473     avg: 6495     median: 6627 (30%)     max: 7334 points
7590 points (34%)
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 (24%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3439     avg: 3474     median: 3473.5 (55%)     max: 3508 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 11209     avg: 11222     median: 11222 (19%)     max: 11235 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
756 Points (53%)
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2866 Points (18%)
Geekbench 5.1 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
751 Points (52%)
Geekbench 5.1 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2832 Points (23%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
1347 ms (2%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2760QM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2720QM → 97%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2860QM → 102%

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