Intel Core i7-2760QM vs Intel Core i7-2920XM vs Intel Core i7-2629M

Intel Core i7-2760QM

► remove from comparison 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 i7-2920XM

► remove from comparison Intel 2920XM

The Intel Core i7-2920XM is the fastest quad-core processor for laptops in Q1-2011. 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 i7-2920XM is now manufactured in 32nm, offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the slower clocked 2820QM, the 2920XM is specified with a higher TDP.

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 Core i7-2920XM 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.

Due to the high Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading, the performance of the Core i7-2920XM can reach levels of the fast desktop Core i5-2500K processor. Compared to the previous generation, the i7-2920XM is up to 42% faster than the old Core i7-940XM processor. Therefore, the performance should be sufficient for even the most demanding tasks like HD video editing or 3D games. Extensive benchmarks can be found at the end of this page and in our review of the new Sandy Bridge quad core processors.

The high TDP rating of the 2920XM enables the usage of the quad core only in large and heavy laptops (usually 15" and up). Compared to the previous generation of quad-cores, however, the TDP improved, as the integrated GPU is now included.

Intel Core i7-2629M

► remove from comparison Intel 2629M

The Intel Core i7-2629M is power efficient LV (Low Voltage) processor for laptops. The base frequency of 2.1 GHz is relatively low, but due to Turbo Boost 2.0, the CPU may clock up to 3 GHz (on core loaded, 2.7 GHz with both cores loaded). However, this is depending on the cooling and power consumption of the laptop. Due to HyperThreading, the i7-2629M is able to handle 4 threads in parallel. Compared to the similar called Core i7-2620M, the 2629M is slower but also needs less power (25W versus 35W TDP).

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements is the improved Turbo 2.0 and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. 

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 clocked at 500 or 1100MHz (Turbo Boost). Due to the slower base clock rate, compared to HD Graphics 3000 in 35W and 45W processors (usually clocked at 650), the performance should be a bit lower.

The performance of the CPU should be a bit higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i7 LV. Therefore, the performance should a bit above the Core i3-380M if the Turbo can be used often.

The TDP of 25W (includes the integrated GPU and memory controller) allows the use of the 2629M CPU in thin notebooks.

Intel Core i7-2760QMIntel Core i7-2920XMIntel Core i7-2629M
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy BridgeSandy Bridge
Series: 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 MHz2500 - 3500 MHz2100 - 3000 MHz
256 KB256 KB128 KB
1 MB1 MB512 KB
6 MB8 MB4 MB
4 / 84 / 82 / 4
45 55 25
995 995 624
32 32 32
216 mm2216 mm2149 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988FCPGA988BGA1023
HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR3-1066/1333/1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 500-1100MHz, integrated DDR3-1333 memory controller, Virtualization, Trusted Execution, Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost 2.0
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (500 - 1100 MHz)
$378 U.S.$1096 U.S.$311 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2920XMIntel Core i7 2629M

Benchmarks

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: 5.7     avg: 6     median: 6 (14%)     max: 6.2 Points
min: 5.49     avg: 5.6     median: 5.6 (13%)     max: 5.66 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4451     avg: 4475     median: 4474 (46%)     max: 4499
min: 4282     avg: 4387     median: 4378.5 (45%)     max: 4507
min: 4451     avg: 4474.5     median: 4474 (46%)     max: 4499
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 14760     avg: 15869     median: 16211 (27%)     max: 16293
min: 16067     avg: 16949     median: 17187.5 (29%)     max: 17355
min: 14760     avg: 15868.8     median: 16211 (27%)     max: 16293
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 18048     avg: 19417     median: 19747 (23%)     max: 20126 Points
min: 19727     avg: 20763     median: 20959 (24%)     max: 21407 Points
min: 18048     avg: 19417     median: 19747 (23%)     max: 20126 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 5471     avg: 5509     median: 5471.5 (48%)     max: 5623 Points
min: 5343     avg: 5525     median: 5565 (49%)     max: 5628 Points
min: 5471     avg: 5509.3     median: 5471.5 (48%)     max: 5623 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
294 s (3%)
min: 264.9     avg: 277     median: 273.7 (3%)     max: 295 s
294.3 s (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
8.2 s (2%)
min: 8.29     avg: 8.5     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 8.9 s
8.2 s (2%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
4325 (44%)
min: 3296     avg: 3923     median: 3923 (40%)     max: 4550
4325 (44%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
28 fps (17%)
min: 30.4     avg: 30.8     median: 30.8 (18%)     max: 31.2 fps
28 fps (17%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
120 fps (41%)
min: 129.4     avg: 131     median: 131.4 (45%)     max: 133.4 fps
120.4 fps (42%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.3 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.293     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.296 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.5 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.508     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (0%)     max: 0.521 GB/s
0.5 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
3 GB/s (0%)
min: 2.8     avg: 3     median: 3 (0%)     max: 3.1 GB/s
3 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5677     avg: 5930     median: 6000.5 (40%)     max: 6042 Points
min: 5944     avg: 6100     median: 6131 (41%)     max: 6206 Points
min: 5677     avg: 5930     median: 6000.5 (40%)     max: 6042 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: 10     avg: 10.5     median: 10 (2%)     max: 11.7 s
min: 11     avg: 11     median: 11 (2%)     max: 11.1 s
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: 24     avg: 24.6     median: 24 (1%)     max: 25.9 s
min: 25     avg: 25.3     median: 25 (1%)     max: 26 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: 580     avg: 600     median: 594 (3%)     max: 620 s
min: 604     avg: 609.7     median: 604 (3%)     max: 621 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
107700 MIPS (51%)
min: 118300     avg: 121717     median: 121780 (58%)     max: 125070 MIPS
107700 MIPS (51%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
72380 MFLOPS (56%)
min: 71200     avg: 74190     median: 75680 (58%)     max: 75690 MFLOPS
72380 MFLOPS (56%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.5 Points (96%)
min: 7.5     avg: 7.6     median: 7.6 (97%)     max: 7.6 Points
7.5 Points (96%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 16044     avg: 19256     median: 20451 (29%)     max: 20494 Points
min: 20540     avg: 21107     median: 21148 (30%)     max: 21592 Points
min: 16044     avg: 19256     median: 20451 (29%)     max: 20494 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 6050     avg: 6810     median: 7061.5 (32%)     max: 7068 Points
min: 7804     avg: 7915     median: 7914.5 (36%)     max: 8025 Points
min: 6050     avg: 6810.3     median: 7061.5 (32%)     max: 7068 Points

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

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2920XM → 104% n=22

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2629M → 100% n=22

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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