Intel Core i7-2960XM vs Intel Core i7-2630QM

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 i7-2630QM

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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).

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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 i7-2760QM compare2400 - 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 i7-2630QM2000 - 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 i7-2760QM compare2400 - 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 i7-2630QM2000 - 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
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HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, 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 - 1100 MHz)
$1096 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2960XMIntel Core i7 2630QM

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
6.3 Points (14%)
min: 3.89     avg: 4.7     median: 4.8 (11%)     max: 5.04 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
4928 (51%)
min: 3449     avg: 3653     median: 3662 (38%)     max: 3772
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
18300 (31%)
min: 11111     avg: 13692     median: 13833 (23%)     max: 14394
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
22311 Points (26%)
min: 13512     avg: 16643     median: 16803 (19%)     max: 17347 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
6184 Points (54%)
min: 4325     avg: 4558     median: 4569 (40%)     max: 4679 Points
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
6820 Points (46%)
min: 4050     avg: 4912     median: 5039 (34%)     max: 5127 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
10 s (2%)
min: 13     avg: 13.2     median: 13 (3%)     max: 14.2 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22 s (1%)
min: 29     avg: 30.4     median: 30.2 (1%)     max: 32 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
568 s (3%)
min: 712.5     avg: 730     median: 728.5 (3%)     max: 778 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
120900 MIPS (57%)
98320 MIPS (47%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
80500 MFLOPS (62%)
min: 59250     avg: 60255     median: 60255 (46%)     max: 61260 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.6 Points (97%)
min: 7.4     avg: 7.4     median: 7.4 (95%)     max: 7.5 Points
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
23249 Points (32%)
min: 12879     avg: 16949     median: 17369 (24%)     max: 25328 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
8098 Points (37%)
min: 4628     avg: 5796     median: 5933.5 (27%)     max: 6358 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2960XM → 100% n=14

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2630QM → 82% n=14

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