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Intel Core i7-2960XM vs Intel Core i7-2635QM

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 i7-2635QM

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The Intel Core i7-2635QM 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 i7-2635QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the faster Core i7, the 2635QM does not support Trusted Execution functions and VT-d (VT-x Virtualization only).

Compared to the Core i7-2630QM, the 2635QM offers a slightly higher Turbo Boost frequency for the GPU (1200MHz versus 1100MHz) and is offered in the BGA Package (2630QM rPGA).

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 256Bit AVX instructions, the improved Turbo 2.0 and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. 

Der i7-2635QM 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 2635QM it is clocked from 650-1200MHz (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 i7-2635QM should be about 10-15% faster than a similar clocked Clarksfield Core i7 (see first tests by Anandtech). Therefore, the 2635QM should be on a level (or even faster) than a Core i7-920XM Quad-Core.

Intel Core i7-2960XMIntel Core i7-2635QM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Sandy BridgeSandy Bridge
Series: Core i7 Sandy Bridge
» Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM compare2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM compare2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM compare2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM compare2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM compare2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M compare2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M compare2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M compare2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M compare1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M compare1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M compare1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M compare1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2960XM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM compare2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM compare2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM compare2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM compare2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2720QM compare2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-2635QM2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M compare2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M compare2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M compare2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M compare1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M compare1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M compare1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M compare1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
2700 - 3700 MHz2000 - 2900 MHz
256 KB256 KB
1 MB1 MB
8 MB6 MB
4 / 84 / 8
55 45
995 995
32 32
216 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C
FCPGA988FCBGA1224
HD Graphics 3000, DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 3000 (650-1200MHz), DDR-1333 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1200 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$1096 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2960XMIntel Core i7 2635QM

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
6.3 Points (12%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
4928 (44%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
18300 (30%)
min: 13045     avg: 13521     median: 13581 (22%)     max: 13581
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
22311 Points (21%)
15522 Points (15%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
6184 Points (44%)
4583 Points (32%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 2635QM +
486 s (6%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 2635QM +
15 s (3%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
6820 Points (38%)
4906 Points (27%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
10 s (2%)
14 s (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22 s (1%)
31 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
568 s (3%)
719 s (3%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 2960XM +
120900 MIPS (57%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 2960XM +
80500 MFLOPS (62%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.6 Points (97%)
7.4 Points (95%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
23249 Points (27%)
16710 Points (19%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
8098 Points (30%)
5658 Points (21%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2960XM → 100% n=12

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2635QM → 81% n=12

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