Intel Core i7-3520M vs Intel Core i7-3630QM

Intel Core i7-3520M

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The Intel Core i7-3520M is the fastest dual-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture at the time of introduction in Q2 2012. Due to Hyperthreading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.9 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.6 GHz (for 1 active core). As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessor Core i7-2640M, it offers a 4 MB L3-Cache.

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support.

The performance of the Core i7-3520M is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is about 5 - 10 % above the old i7-2640M (see benchmarks below).

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1250 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the fastest variants.

Just like most other Ivy Bridge dual-cores, the i7-3520M is rated at a TDP of 35 W. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i7.

Intel Core i7-3630QM

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The Intel Core i7-3630QM is a fast quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and successor of the i7-3630QM. Due to Hyperthreading, the four cores can handle up to eight threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.4 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.3 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.4 GHz (for 1 active core).

Ivy Bridge is an enhanced die shrink of the Sandy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm (versus 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs) and are the first to introduce 3D transistors for increased energy efficiency when compared to similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processors. Other new features are integrated PCI Express 3.0 and  DDR3(L)-1600 support. Except VT-d and vPro the 3630QM supports all functions of the Ivy Bridge core like VT-x, AES or Trusted Execution.

The performance of the Core i7-3630QM should be slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance should be above the former fastest model, the Core i7-2920XM.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

As with most quad-core Ivy Bridge models, the Core i7-3630QM is specified at a TDP of 45 Watts including graphics card and memory controller. Therefore, the CPU is well-suited for laptops 15-inches or greater.

Intel Core i7-3520MIntel Core i7-3630QM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Ivy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i7 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i7-3940XM compare3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM compare2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM compare2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM compare2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM compare2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM compare2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM compare2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM compare2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM compare2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM compare2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM compare2.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M compare3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-3520M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U compare2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U compare2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U compare2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U compare1.9 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y compare1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3940XM compare3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM compare2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM compare2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM compare2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM compare2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM compare2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM compare2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-3630QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM compare2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM compare2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM compare2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM compare2.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M compare3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U compare2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U compare2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U compare2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U compare1.9 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y compare1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
2900 - 3600 MHz2400 - 3400 MHz
128 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB
4 MB6 MB
2 / 44 / 8
35 45
22 22
105 °C105 °C
BGA1023, PGA988FCPGA988
HD Graphics 4000, DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000, DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1250 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1150 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$346 U.S.
Intel Core i7 3520M
1400
160 mm2

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 3     avg: 3.3     median: 3.4 (7%)     max: 3.44 Points
min: 5.52     avg: 6.3     median: 6.4 (13%)     max: 6.48 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.41     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (46%)     max: 1.47 Points
min: 1.39     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (45%)     max: 1.42 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4408     avg: 4813     median: 4855 (43%)     max: 4903
min: 4554     avg: 4630     median: 4654 (42%)     max: 4692
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 9112     avg: 10167     median: 10467 (18%)     max: 10605
min: 17902     avg: 18054     median: 18091 (30%)     max: 18189
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 11581     avg: 12766     median: 12889.5 (12%)     max: 13151 Points
min: 19766     avg: 21754     median: 22003 (21%)     max: 22168 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 6029     avg: 6128     median: 6146.5 (46%)     max: 6203 Points
min: 5735     avg: 5832     median: 5821 (44%)     max: 5953 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 456     avg: 493     median: 492.1 (6%)     max: 569.853 s
min: 242     avg: 278     median: 261.1 (3%)     max: 362.192 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 14.4     avg: 15.5     median: 15.4 (3%)     max: 17.097 s
min: 7.7     avg: 9.1     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 11.963 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 2661     avg: 2863     median: 2715 (17%)     max: 3527
4491 (29%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 6.7     avg: 16.1     median: 18.9 (9%)     max: 19.44 fps
min: 34.68     avg: 35.1     median: 35.3 (16%)     max: 35.32 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 35.1     avg: 86.2     median: 98.6 (29%)     max: 101.8 fps
min: 133.8     avg: 137     median: 136.9 (40%)     max: 141.34 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.164     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.176 GB/s
min: 0.322     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.328 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.249     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.302 GB/s
min: 0.553     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.57 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 1.2     avg: 1.6     median: 1.7 (0%)     max: 1.7 GB/s
min: 3     avg: 3.1     median: 3.1 (0%)     max: 3.1 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3528     avg: 4086     median: 4134 (23%)     max: 4212 Points
min: 5730     avg: 6355     median: 6392 (35%)     max: 6565 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10 (2%)     max: 10.94 s
min: 10.891     avg: 10.9     median: 10.9 (2%)     max: 11 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 24     avg: 24.8     median: 25 (1%)     max: 25.866 s
min: 25     avg: 25.1     median: 25.1 (1%)     max: 25.314 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 565     avg: 591     median: 594 (3%)     max: 612 s
min: 601.235     avg: 613     median: 617 (3%)     max: 618.1 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 55800     avg: 63808     median: 67130 (32%)     max: 69140 MIPS
min: 110700     avg: 113093     median: 111410 (53%)     max: 117170 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 41450     avg: 42502     median: 42450 (33%)     max: 44032 MFLOPS
min: 77100     avg: 78210     median: 77310 (59%)     max: 80220 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.2 Points (92%)
min: 7.5     avg: 7.6     median: 7.6 (97%)     max: 7.6 Points
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 9277     avg: 11188     median: 11511 (13%)     max: 11788 Points
min: 19869     avg: 21901     median: 22161 (26%)     max: 22539 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 3582     avg: 4275     median: 4466 (19%)     max: 4774 Points
min: 6127     avg: 7104     median: 6954 (30%)     max: 7848 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
39221 Points (25%)
min: 40335     avg: 41261     median: 41354 (27%)     max: 41999 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
3393 Points (9%)
min: 5806     avg: 6067     median: 6098.5 (15%)     max: 6263 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
4772 Points (12%)
min: 8315     avg: 8404     median: 8425 (21%)     max: 8473 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
100%
1 3630QM +
min: 4993     avg: 6744     median: 6743.5 (54%)     max: 8494 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
100%
1 3630QM +
min: 5030     avg: 6268     median: 6267.5 (57%)     max: 7505 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
100%
1 3630QM +
min: 11570     avg: 11755     median: 11755 (23%)     max: 11940 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
100%
1 3630QM +
min: 10711     avg: 10734     median: 10733.5 (22%)     max: 10756 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 3630QM +
min: 9303     avg: 9799     median: 9798.5 (26%)     max: 10294 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3520M → 100% n=26

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3630QM → 146% n=26

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1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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