Intel Core i7-2960XM vs Intel Core i7-2860QM

Intel Core i7-2960XM

► remove Intel 2960XM

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 i7-2860QM

► 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.

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» Intel Core i7-2960XM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM2500 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
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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 i7-2630QM 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 i7-2860QM2500 - 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 i7-2630QM 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
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995 995
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216 mm2216 mm2
100 °C100 °C
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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)
$1096 U.S.$568 U.S.
Intel Core i7 2960XM

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
6.3 Points (14%)
min: 5.84     avg: 5.9     median: 5.9 (13%)     max: 5.91 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
4928 Points (51%)
min: 4515     avg: 4576     median: 4576 (47%)     max: 4637 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18300 Points (31%)
min: 16700     avg: 16810     median: 16809.5 (28%)     max: 16919 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
22311 Points (26%)
min: 20290     avg: 20328     median: 20328 (24%)     max: 20366 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6184 Points (57%)
min: 5639     avg: 5720     median: 5719.5 (53%)     max: 5800 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
278 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
7.8 seconds (2%)
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
32 fps (19%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
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 (0%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
2.7 GB/s (0%)
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 - CPU Score
6820 Points (46%)
min: 6273     avg: 6323     median: 6323 (42%)     max: 6373 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
10 Seconds (2%)
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.57 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
22 Seconds (1%)
min: 23     avg: 23.5     median: 23.5 (1%)     max: 23.94 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
568 Seconds (3%)
min: 587.1     avg: 590     median: 590.1 (3%)     max: 593 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
120900 MIPS (57%)
min: 111300     avg: 115310     median: 115310 (55%)     max: 119320 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
80500 MFLOPS (62%)
min: 72360     avg: 73330     median: 73330 (56%)     max: 74300 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.6 points (97%)
7.6 points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
23249 Points (32%)
21417 Points (30%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
8098 points (37%)
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 / 5.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
751 Points (52%)
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
2832 Points (23%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
1347 ms (2%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2960XM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-2860QM → 98%

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