Intel Core i7-2760QM vs Intel Core i7-2920XM vs Intel Core i7-2860QM

Intel Core i7-2760QM

► remove 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 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 i7-2860QM

► 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 i7-2920XMIntel 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, FCPGA988FCPGA988
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, 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.$1096 U.S.$568 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2920XM

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: 5.7     avg: 6     median: 6 (14%)     max: 6.2 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: 4282     avg: 4387     median: 4378.5 (45%)     max: 4507 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: 16067     avg: 16949     median: 17187.5 (29%)     max: 17355 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: 19727     avg: 20763     median: 20959 (24%)     max: 21407 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: 5343     avg: 5525     median: 5565 (52%)     max: 5628 Points
min: 5639     avg: 5720     median: 5719.5 (53%)     max: 5800 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
294 seconds (3%)
min: 264.9     avg: 277     median: 273.7 (3%)     max: 295 seconds
278 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
8.2 seconds (2%)
min: 8.29     avg: 8.5     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 8.9 seconds
7.8 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
4325 KB/s (44%)
min: 3296     avg: 3923     median: 3923 (40%)     max: 4550 KB/s
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%)
min: 30.4     avg: 30.8     median: 30.8 (18%)     max: 31.2 fps
32 fps (19%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
120 fps (41%)
min: 129.4     avg: 131     median: 131.4 (45%)     max: 133.4 fps
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%)
min: 0.293     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (13%)     max: 0.296 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (13%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (13%)
min: 0.508     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (14%)     max: 0.521 GB/s
0.5 GB/s (15%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
3 GB/s (15%)
min: 2.8     avg: 3     median: 3 (15%)     max: 3.1 GB/s
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: 5944     avg: 6100     median: 6131 (41%)     max: 6206 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: 10     avg: 10.5     median: 10 (2%)     max: 11.7 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: 24     avg: 24.6     median: 24 (1%)     max: 25.9 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: 580     avg: 600     median: 594 (3%)     max: 620 Seconds
min: 587.1     avg: 590     median: 590.1 (3%)     max: 593 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
107700 MIPS (51%)
min: 118300     avg: 121717     median: 121780 (58%)     max: 125070 MIPS
min: 111300     avg: 115310     median: 115310 (55%)     max: 119320 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
72380 MFLOPS (56%)
min: 71200     avg: 74190     median: 75680 (58%)     max: 75690 MFLOPS
min: 72360     avg: 73330     median: 73330 (56%)     max: 74300 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.5 points (96%)
min: 7.5     avg: 7.6     median: 7.6 (97%)     max: 7.6 points
7.6 points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 16044     avg: 19256     median: 20451 (29%)     max: 20494 Points
min: 20540     avg: 21107     median: 21148 (30%)     max: 21592 Points
21417 Points (30%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 6050     avg: 6810     median: 7061.5 (32%)     max: 7068 points
min: 7804     avg: 7915     median: 7914.5 (36%)     max: 8025 points
7590 points (34%)
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 i7-2920XM → 104%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2860QM → 102%

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