Intel Core i7-2760QM vs Intel Core i7-2960XM

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 i7-2960XM

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The Intel Core i7-2960XM is the fastest quad-core processor for laptops in Q3-2011 and successor to the Core i7-2920XM. 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 i7-2960XM is now manufactured in 32nm, offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the slower clocked 2860QM, the 2960XM is specified with a higher TDP.

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 265Bit 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 i7-2960XM 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 i7-2920XM (therefore it should be similar or faster in the 2960XM). 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, large L3 Cache, and Hyperthreading, the performance of the Core i7-2960XM is only slightly lower than the desktop Core i7-2600K. In 2011 it is the fastest mobile processors for laptops. Therefore, the performance should be sufficient for even the most demanding tasks like HD video editing or demanding 3D games.

The high TDP rating of the 2960XM enables the usage of the quad core only in large and heavy laptops (usually 15" and up). Compared to the previous generation (Clarkdale, e.g. Core i7-940XM) of quad-cores, however, the TDP improved, as the integrated GPU is now included.

Intel Core i7-2760QMIntel Core i7-2960XM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy Bridge
: Core i7 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i7-2960XM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM compare2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM compare2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM compare2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM compare2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM compare2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM compare2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M compare2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M compare2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M compare2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M compare2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M compare1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M compare1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M compare1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M compare1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-2960XM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM compare2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM2400 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM compare2300 - 3400 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM compare2200 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM compare2200 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM compare2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM compare2000 - 2900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M compare2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M compare2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M compare2300 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M compare2100 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M compare1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M compare1700 - 2800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M compare1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M compare1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
2400 - 3500 MHz2700 - 3700 MHz
256 KB256 KB
1 MB1 MB
6 MB8 MB
4 / 84 / 8
45 55
995 995
32 32
216 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988FCPGA988
HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 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)
$378 U.S.$1096 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2960XM

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 5.49     avg: 5.6     median: 5.6 (13%)     max: 5.66 Points
6.3 Points (14%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4451     avg: 4475     median: 4474 (46%)     max: 4499
4928 (51%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 14760     avg: 15869     median: 16211 (27%)     max: 16293
18300 (31%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 18048     avg: 19417     median: 19747 (23%)     max: 20126 Points
22311 Points (26%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 5471     avg: 5509     median: 5471.5 (48%)     max: 5623 Points
6184 Points (54%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
294 s (3%)
294.3 s (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
8.2 s (2%)
8.2 s (2%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
4325 (44%)
4325 (44%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
28 fps (17%)
28 fps (17%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
120 fps (41%)
120.4 fps (42%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.3 GB/s (0%)
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.5 GB/s (0%)
0.5 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
3 GB/s (0%)
3 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5677     avg: 5930     median: 6000.5 (40%)     max: 6042 Points
6820 Points (46%)
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
10 s (2%)
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
22 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 604     avg: 610     median: 604 (3%)     max: 621 s
568 s (3%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
107700 MIPS (51%)
120900 MIPS (57%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
72380 MFLOPS (56%)
80500 MFLOPS (62%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.5 Points (96%)
7.6 Points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 16044     avg: 19256     median: 20451 (29%)     max: 20494 Points
23249 Points (32%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 6050     avg: 6810     median: 7061.5 (32%)     max: 7068 Points
8098 Points (37%)

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

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2960XM → 106% n=22

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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