Intel Core i7-3520M vs Intel Core i7-3687U vs Intel Core i7-3537U

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 i7-3687U

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The Intel Core i7-3687U is the fastest ULV-processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture at the time of introduction in Q1 2013. 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 2.1 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.3 GHz (for 1 active core). As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessors, 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 i7-3687U is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. Therefore, and because of the higher clock speed, the old Core i7-2677M is easily outperformed.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 350 MHz up to 1200 MHz with Turbo Boost, delivering a performance comparable with an AMD Radeon HD 6620G.

The ULV-CPUs are rated at a TDP of 17 W including graphics card and memory controller.  Therefore, the CPU is suited for small laptops and ultrabooks.

Intel Core i7-3537U

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The Intel Core i7-3537U is a fast ULV-processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture released in Q1 2013. 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 2.0 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.1 GHz (for 1 active core). As its Sandy-Bridge-based predecessors, 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 i7-3537U is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. Therefore, and because of the higher clock speed, the Core i7-2677M is easily outperformed by more than 10 %.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 350 MHz up to 1200 MHz with Turbo Boost, delivering a performance comparable with an AMD Radeon HD 6620G.

The ULV-CPUs are rated at a TDP of 17 W including graphics card and memory controller.  Therefore, the CPU is suited for small laptops and ultrabooks.

Intel Core i7-3520MIntel Core i7-3687UIntel Core i7-3537U
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Ivy BridgeIvy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i7 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i7-3940XM3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM2100 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-3520M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U2000 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U1900 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3940XM3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM2100 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-3687U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U2000 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U1900 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3940XM3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM2100 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U2000 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-3537U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U1900 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
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BGA1023, PGA988BGA1023FCBGA1023
HD Graphics 4000, DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000 (350-1200 MHz), Turbo Boost 2.0, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization VT-x, Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d), Trusted Execution, AES, Intel 64, Anti-Theft, My WiFi, Idle States, Enhanced SpeedStep, Thermal Monitorin, Execute Disable BitTurbo Boost 2.0, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization VT-x, Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d), Trusted Execution, AES, Intel 64, Anti-Theft, My WiFi, Idle States, Enhanced SpeedStep, Thermal Monitorin, Execute Disable Bit
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1250 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (350 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (350 - 1200 MHz)
$346 U.S.$346 U.S.
Intel Core i7 3520MIntel Core i7 3687UIntel Core i7 3537U

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
247 Points (6%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
104 Points (48%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3     avg: 3.3     median: 3.4 (9%)     max: 3.44 Points
min: 1.7     avg: 2.6     median: 2.9 (7%)     max: 2.92 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.41     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (59%)     max: 1.47 Points
min: 0.86     avg: 1.2     median: 1.3 (52%)     max: 1.28 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4408     avg: 4813     median: 4855 (50%)     max: 4903 Points
min: 4169     avg: 4254     median: 4271 (44%)     max: 4306 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 9112     avg: 10167     median: 10467 (18%)     max: 10605 Points
min: 7748     avg: 8710     median: 9000 (15%)     max: 9092 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 11581     avg: 12766     median: 12889.5 (17%)     max: 13151 Points
min: 6522     avg: 10088     median: 11002 (14%)     max: 11391 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 6029     avg: 6128     median: 6146.5 (57%)     max: 6203 Points
min: 4383     avg: 5033     median: 5268 (49%)     max: 5429 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 456     avg: 493     median: 492.1 (6%)     max: 569.853 seconds
min: 535.502     avg: 570     median: 586 (7%)     max: 589.128 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 14.4     avg: 15.5     median: 15.4 (3%)     max: 17.097 seconds
min: 17.145     avg: 18.1     median: 18.4 (4%)     max: 18.731 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2661     avg: 2863     median: 2715 (32%)     max: 3527 KB/s
2544 KB/s (30%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 6.7     avg: 16.1     median: 18.9 (12%)     max: 19.44 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 35.1     avg: 86.2     median: 98.6 (35%)     max: 101.8 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.164     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (9%)     max: 0.176 GB/s
0.2 GB/s (8%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.249     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.302 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 1.2     avg: 1.6     median: 1.7 (9%)     max: 1.7 GB/s
1.4 GB/s (7%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3528     avg: 4086     median: 4134 (28%)     max: 4212 Points
min: 2219     avg: 3354     median: 3645 (24%)     max: 3677 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10 (2%)     max: 10.94 Seconds
min: 12.251     avg: 12.4     median: 12.4 (3%)     max: 12.465 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 24     avg: 24.8     median: 25 (1%)     max: 25.866 Seconds
min: 27.97     avg: 28.4     median: 28.4 (1%)     max: 28.86 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 565     avg: 591     median: 594 (3%)     max: 612 Seconds
min: 654.158     avg: 667     median: 666.6 (3%)     max: 679 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 55800     avg: 63808     median: 67130 (32%)     max: 69140 MIPS
min: 49330     avg: 53665     median: 53665 (25%)     max: 58000 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 41450     avg: 42502     median: 42450 (33%)     max: 44032 MFLOPS
min: 35470     avg: 36060     median: 36060 (28%)     max: 36650 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.2 points (92%)
7.1 points (91%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 9277     avg: 11188     median: 11511 (16%)     max: 11788 Points
min: 9703     avg: 9928     median: 9949 (14%)     max: 10133 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3582     avg: 4275     median: 4466 (22%)     max: 4774 points
min: 1981     avg: 3414     median: 3692 (18%)     max: 3952 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
39221 Points (25%)
min: 8127     avg: 23626     median: 27951 (18%)     max: 34578 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
3393 Points (9%)
min: 723     avg: 2147     median: 2757 (7%)     max: 2867 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
4772 Points (16%)
min: 963     avg: 3015     median: 3749 (13%)     max: 4061 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3520M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3537U → 89%

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