Intel Core i7-3520M vs Intel Core i7-3940XM

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 i7-3940XM

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The Intel Core i7-3940XM is the fastest quad-core processor for laptops (at the time of introduction in September 2012) an successor of the i7-3920XM. 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 3.0 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.7 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.8 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.9 GHz (for 1 active core). Furthermore, the Extreme CPUs offer an unlocked multiplicator for easy overclocking.

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 i7-3940XM should be slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. Because of the higher clock speed, the former champion Core i7-3920XM should be outperformed by about 3%.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1350 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it the fastest variant.

The XM CPUs are rated at a TDP of 55 Watts including graphics card and memory controller and therefore 10 Watt higher than the other quad-core models.  Therefore, the CPU is well-suited for laptops 17-inches or greater.

Intel Core i7-3520MIntel Core i7-3940XM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Ivy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i7 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i7-3940XM3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM (compare)2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM (compare)2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM (compare)2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM (compare)2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM (compare)2100 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M (compare)3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-3520M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U (compare)2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U (compare)2000 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U (compare)2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U (compare)1900 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y (compare)1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-3940XM3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM (compare)2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM (compare)2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM (compare)2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM (compare)2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM (compare)2100 - 3100 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M (compare)3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U (compare)2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U (compare)2000 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U (compare)2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U (compare)1900 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y (compare)1500 - 2600 MHz2 / 44 MB
2900 - 3600 MHz3000 - 3900 MHz
128 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB
4 MB8 MB
2 / 44 / 8
35 55
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 - 1350 MHz)
$346 U.S.$1096 U.S.
Intel Core i7 3520M
1400
160 mm2

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3     avg: 3.3     median: 3.4 (9%)     max: 3.44 Points
min: 7.45     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (19%)     max: 7.46 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.41     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (59%)     max: 1.47 Points
min: 1.62     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (66%)     max: 1.63 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4408     avg: 4813     median: 4855 (50%)     max: 4903 Points
min: 5246     avg: 5255     median: 5252 (54%)     max: 5267 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 9112     avg: 10167     median: 10467 (18%)     max: 10605 Points
min: 20438     avg: 20582     median: 20564 (35%)     max: 20744 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 11581     avg: 12766     median: 12889.5 (17%)     max: 13151 Points
min: 25475     avg: 25600     median: 25624 (34%)     max: 25700 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 6029     avg: 6128     median: 6146.5 (57%)     max: 6203 Points
min: 6506     avg: 6621     median: 6669 (62%)     max: 6687 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 456     avg: 493     median: 492.1 (6%)     max: 569.853 seconds
min: 208.8     avg: 219     median: 215.7 (3%)     max: 233 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 14.4     avg: 15.5     median: 15.4 (3%)     max: 17.097 seconds
min: 6.8     avg: 7     median: 7 (1%)     max: 7.169 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2661     avg: 2863     median: 2715 (32%)     max: 3527 KB/s
min: 3467     avg: 4124     median: 4123.5 (48%)     max: 4780 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 6.7     avg: 16.1     median: 18.9 (12%)     max: 19.44 fps
40.6 fps (26%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 35.1     avg: 86.2     median: 98.6 (35%)     max: 101.8 fps
161 fps (57%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.164     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (9%)     max: 0.176 GB/s
min: 0.373     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (20%)     max: 0.386 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.249     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.302 GB/s
min: 0.64     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (0%)     max: 0.66 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 1.2     avg: 1.6     median: 1.7 (9%)     max: 1.7 GB/s
min: 3.5     avg: 3.6     median: 3.7 (19%)     max: 3.7 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3528     avg: 4086     median: 4134 (28%)     max: 4212 Points
min: 7166     avg: 7182     median: 7176 (48%)     max: 7203 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10 (2%)     max: 10.94 Seconds
min: 9     avg: 9.2     median: 9 (2%)     max: 9.554 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 24     avg: 24.8     median: 25 (1%)     max: 25.866 Seconds
min: 21     avg: 21.1     median: 21 (1%)     max: 21.256 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 565     avg: 591     median: 594 (3%)     max: 612 Seconds
min: 518     avg: 526     median: 525.5 (2%)     max: 533 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 55800     avg: 63808     median: 67130 (32%)     max: 69140 MIPS
min: 147240     avg: 147620     median: 147620 (70%)     max: 148000 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 41450     avg: 42502     median: 42450 (33%)     max: 44032 MFLOPS
min: 89600     avg: 89630     median: 89630 (69%)     max: 89660 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.2 points (92%)
7.7 points (99%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 9277     avg: 11188     median: 11511 (16%)     max: 11788 Points
min: 25344     avg: 25795     median: 25885 (36%)     max: 26157 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3582     avg: 4275     median: 4466 (22%)     max: 4774 points
min: 7611     avg: 8737     median: 9032 (44%)     max: 9568 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
39221 Points (25%)
48410 Points (31%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
3393 Points (9%)
7208 Points (18%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
4772 Points (16%)
9863 Points (34%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3520M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3940XM → 166%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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