Intel Core i7-3540M vs Intel Core i7-3720QM

Intel Core i7-3540M

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The Intel Core i7-3540M is the fastest dual-core 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 3.0 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.7 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 i7-3540M 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.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 650 MHz up to 1300 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the fastest variants.

Just like most other Ivy Bridge dual-cores, the i7-3540M is rated at a TDP of 35 W. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i7.

Intel Core i7-3720QM

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The Intel Core i7-3720QM is a fast high-end quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. 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 2.6 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.5 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.6 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.

The performance of the Core i7-3720QM is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is higher than 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 1250 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

As with most quad-core Ivy Bridge models, the Core i7-3720QM 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 i7-3540MIntel Core i7-3720QM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Ivy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i7 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i7-3940XM (compare)3000 - 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 i7-3720QM2600 - 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 i7-3540M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M (compare)2900 - 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 i7-3940XM (compare)3000 - 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 i7-3720QM2600 - 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 i7-3540M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M (compare)2900 - 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
3000 - 3700 MHz2600 - 3600 MHz
128 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB
4 MB6 MB
2 / 44 / 8
35 45
22 22
105 °C105 °C
BGA1023, PGA988FCBGA1224, FCPGA988
HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000 (650-1250MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1250 MHz)
Intel Core i7 3540MIntel Core i7 3720QM
1400
160 mm2
$378 U.S.

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
610 Points (21%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
126 Points (61%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3.41     avg: 3.5     median: 3.5 (14%)     max: 3.49 Points
min: 5.96     avg: 6.6     median: 6.7 (28%)     max: 6.85 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.52     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (65%)     max: 1.54 Points
min: 1.39     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (63%)     max: 1.5 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5018     avg: 5029.5     median: 5029.5 (60%)     max: 5041 Points
min: 4749     avg: 4826.5     median: 4821 (58%)     max: 4916 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 10628     avg: 10810.5     median: 10810.5 (22%)     max: 10993 Points
min: 14659     avg: 18497.8     median: 18879 (38%)     max: 19231 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 13307     avg: 13434.5     median: 13434.5 (19%)     max: 13562 Points
min: 21405     avg: 23107.9     median: 23211 (33%)     max: 23615 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 6326     avg: 6414     median: 6414 (71%)     max: 6502 Points
min: 5932     avg: 6090.8     median: 6097 (67%)     max: 6204 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
471.2 seconds (6%)
min: 226.9     avg: 238.9     median: 235.2 (3%)     max: 258.421 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
14.9 seconds (3%)
min: 7.64     avg: 7.8     median: 7.9 (2%)     max: 7.941 seconds
WinRAR - Result
2940 KB/s (35%)
min: 3125     avg: 4248.9     median: 4365 (52%)     max: 4613 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
19.9 fps (15%)
min: 29.85     avg: 35.7     median: 37 (28%)     max: 37.67 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
105.3 fps (45%)
min: 127.32     avg: 144.1     median: 146.7 (62%)     max: 150.05 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.27     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.513 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.39     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.606 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.7 GB/s (9%)
min: 1.8     avg: 3.1     median: 3.3 (17%)     max: 3.4 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4267     avg: 4319.5     median: 4319.5 (34%)     max: 4372 Points
min: 5981     avg: 6581     median: 6642 (52%)     max: 6696 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
10.4 Seconds (2%)
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10.2 (2%)     max: 11 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
23.9 Seconds (1%)
min: 23     avg: 23.9     median: 24 (1%)     max: 24.305 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
557.4 Seconds (2%)
min: 563     avg: 573.4     median: 571.7 (3%)     max: 594 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 100430     avg: 124162     median: 136000 (65%)     max: 136390 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 75250     avg: 82146     median: 82470 (63%)     max: 85440 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.3 points (94%)
7.6 points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
11749 Points (20%)
min: 12064     avg: 22379.6     median: 23290 (39%)     max: 23791 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 4391     avg: 4627     median: 4627 (26%)     max: 4863 points
min: 6455     avg: 8019.9     median: 8217 (46%)     max: 8505 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 40631     avg: 42022.5     median: 42022.5 (27%)     max: 43414 Points
min: 35881     avg: 39127.5     median: 39127.5 (25%)     max: 42374 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 39845     avg: 40575.5     median: 40575.5 (51%)     max: 41306 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3424     avg: 3482.5     median: 3482.5 (9%)     max: 3541 Points
min: 5405     avg: 5873     median: 5921 (15%)     max: 6293 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 4929     avg: 4966     median: 4966 (19%)     max: 5003 Points
min: 7455     avg: 8123.7     median: 8113 (32%)     max: 8803 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
8890 Points (72%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
7573 Points (69%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
12725 Points (36%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
11403 Points (35%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
10848 Points (41%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
14452 Points (46%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
3898 Points (84%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
12555 Points (33%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3289 Points (67%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3739 Points (63%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
12082 Points (42%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
1240 ms (2%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
93.2 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
32210 Points (66%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 3720QM +
80.8 Watt (35%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 3720QM +
64.8 Watt (27%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3540M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3720QM → 124%

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