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Intel Core i7-3537U vs Intel Core i7-3612QM vs Intel Core i7-3940XM

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 i7-3612QM

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The Intel Core i7-3612QM is a fast quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. It is the fastest mobile processor rated at 35 Watt (at the time of announcement in mid 2012). 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 2.1 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.0 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.1 GHz (for 1 active core). Compared to the other quad core CPU, the 3612QM is specified at a TDP of only 35 Watt (similar to the dual-core CPUs). The BGA version (that is directly soldered to the mainboard) supports VT-d virtualization, whereas the rPGA version does not. Both dont support vPro, but otherwise all Ivy Bridge features like AES or VT-x are useable.

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 i7-3612QM is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is similar to the Sandy Bridge Core i7-2820QM. Altough the 3612QM has a higher model number than the 3610QM, it offers slower clock rates and therefore performs worse. However, the 3610QM is specified at a much higher TDP of 45 Watt.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

With a TDP of only 35 Watt, the Core i7-3612QM is the first quad-core CPU from Intel that is specified at the level of the dual-core mobile CPUs. 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.

ModelIntel Core i7-3537UIntel Core i7-3612QMIntel Core i7-3940XM
SeriesIntel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
CodenameIvy BridgeIvy BridgeIvy Bridge
Series: Core i7 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i7-3940XM3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM2.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-3537U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U1.9 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3940XM3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-3612QM2.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U1.9 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-3940XM3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM2.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U1.9 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Clock2000 - 3100 MHz2100 - 3100 MHz3000 - 3900 MHz
L1 Cache128 KB256 KB256 KB
L2 Cache512 KB1 MB1 MB
L3 Cache4 MB6 MB8 MB
Cores / Threads2 / 44 / 84 / 8
TDP17 Watt35 Watt55 Watt
Technology22 nm22 nm22 nm
max. Temp.105 °C105 °C105 °C
SocketFCBGA1023FCBGA1224, FCPGA988FCPGA988
FeaturesTurbo 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 BitHD Graphics 4000 (650-1100MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000, DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (350 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1350 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$346 U.S.$1096 U.S.
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Core i7 3537UIntel Core i7 3612QM
Transistors1400 Million1400 Million
Die Size160 mm2160 mm2

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
1 3537U +
247 Points (3%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
1 3537U +
104 Points (32%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1.7     avg: 2.6     median: 2.9 (4%)     max: 2.92 Points
min: 4.2     avg: 5.4     median: 5.6 (8%)     max: 5.66 Points
min: 7.45     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (11%)     max: 7.46 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 0.86     avg: 1.2     median: 1.3 (4%)     max: 1.28 Points
min: 0.89     avg: 1.2     median: 1.3 (4%)     max: 1.29 Points
min: 1.62     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (5%)     max: 1.63 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4169     avg: 4254     median: 4271 (35%)     max: 4306 Points
min: 2961     avg: 3947     median: 4112.5 (34%)     max: 4163 Points
min: 5246     avg: 5255     median: 5252 (43%)     max: 5267 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 7748     avg: 8710     median: 9000 (10%)     max: 9092 Points
min: 11636     avg: 15072     median: 15678 (18%)     max: 15937 Points
min: 20438     avg: 20582     median: 20564 (24%)     max: 20744 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 6522     avg: 10088     median: 11002 (8%)     max: 11391 Points
min: 14549     avg: 18508     median: 19210 (15%)     max: 19463 Points
min: 25475     avg: 25600     median: 25624 (19%)     max: 25700 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4383     avg: 5033     median: 5268 (29%)     max: 5429 Points
min: 3753     avg: 4989     median: 5226 (28%)     max: 5413 Points
min: 6506     avg: 6621     median: 6669 (36%)     max: 6687 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 536     avg: 570     median: 586 (7%)     max: 589 s
min: 276     avg: 338     median: 297.9 (4%)     max: 579 s
min: 208.8     avg: 219.2     median: 215.7 (3%)     max: 233 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 17.15     avg: 18.1     median: 18.4 (4%)     max: 18.73 s
min: 8     avg: 9.5     median: 9.6 (2%)     max: 10.16 s
min: 6.8     avg: 7     median: 7 (1%)     max: 7.169 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
2544 Points (15%)
min: 3961     avg: 4028     median: 4047 (23%)     max: 4057 Points
min: 3467     avg: 4124     median: 4123.5 (24%)     max: 4780 Points
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 3612QM +
min: 30.94     avg: 31.1     median: 31.1 (11%)     max: 31.14 fps
131%
1 3940XM +
40.6 fps (15%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 3612QM +
min: 122.1     avg: 123.6     median: 123.8 (29%)     max: 124.6 fps
130%
1 3940XM +
161.1 fps (38%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.2 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.218     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.291 GB/s
min: 0.373     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.386 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.3 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.366     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (0%)     max: 0.501 GB/s
min: 0.64     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (0%)     max: 0.66 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
1.4 GB/s (0%)
min: 2.1     avg: 2.5     median: 2.7 (0%)     max: 2.8 GB/s
min: 3.5     avg: 3.6     median: 3.7 (0%)     max: 3.7 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2219     avg: 3354     median: 3645 (8%)     max: 3677 Points
min: 4078     avg: 5080     median: 5466 (12%)     max: 5552 Points
min: 7166     avg: 7182     median: 7176 (15%)     max: 7203 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12.25     avg: 12.4     median: 12.4 (3%)     max: 12.47 s
min: 12     avg: 12.8     median: 12.3 (3%)     max: 17 s
min: 9     avg: 9.2     median: 9 (2%)     max: 9.554 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27.97     avg: 28.4     median: 28.4 (1%)     max: 28.86 s
min: 27     avg: 29.1     median: 28.1 (1%)     max: 39 s
min: 21     avg: 21.1     median: 21 (1%)     max: 21.26 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 654     avg: 667     median: 666.5 (3%)     max: 679 s
min: 648     avg: 792     median: 661 (3%)     max: 1931 s
min: 518     avg: 526     median: 525.5 (2%)     max: 533 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 49330     avg: 53665     median: 53665 (25%)     max: 58000 MIPS
min: 72000     avg: 86945     median: 89930 (43%)     max: 95920 MIPS
min: 147240     avg: 147620     median: 147620 (70%)     max: 148000 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 35470     avg: 36060     median: 36060 (28%)     max: 36650 MFLOPS
min: 51000     avg: 65015     median: 69190 (53%)     max: 70680 MFLOPS
min: 89600     avg: 89630     median: 89630 (69%)     max: 89660 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.1 Points (91%)
min: 7.2     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (96%)     max: 7.5 Points
7.7 Points (99%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 9703     avg: 9928     median: 9949 (9%)     max: 10133 Points
min: 8328     avg: 16910     median: 17837.5 (17%)     max: 19780 Points
min: 25344     avg: 25795     median: 25885 (24%)     max: 26157 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 1981     avg: 3414     median: 3692 (10%)     max: 3952 Points
min: 5234     avg: 6378     median: 6388.5 (18%)     max: 7418 Points
min: 7611     avg: 8737     median: 9032 (25%)     max: 9568 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 3537U +
min: 8127     avg: 23626     median: 27951 (18%)     max: 34578 Points
173%
1 3940XM +
48410 Points (31%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
100%
1 3537U +
min: 723     avg: 2147     median: 2757 (7%)     max: 2867 Points
261%
1 3940XM +
7208 Points (18%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
100%
1 3537U +
min: 963     avg: 3015     median: 3749 (7%)     max: 4061 Points
263%
1 3940XM +
9863 Points (18%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3537U → 100% n=21

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3612QM → 145% n=21

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3940XM → 185% n=21

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