Intel Core i7-3610QM vs Intel Core i7-3820QM vs Intel Core i7-3520M

Intel Core i7-3610QM

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The Intel Core i7-3610QM is a fast 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 2.3 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.2 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.3 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 3610QM supports all functions of the Ivy Bridge core like VT-x, AES or Trusted Execution.

The performance of the Core i7-3610QM is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is similar to 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 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

As with most quad-core Ivy Bridge models, the Core i7-3610QM 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 i7-3820QM

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The Intel Core i7-3820QM is a fast 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 2.7 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.6 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.7 GHz (for 1 active core). Furthermore, the CPU offers 8 MB Last Level 3 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 i7-3820QM is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is clearly 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 i7-3820QM 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 i7-3520M

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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.

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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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FCPGA988BGA1023, PGA988
HD 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, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000, DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1250 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1250 MHz)
$378 U.S.$346 U.S.
Intel Core i7 3610QMIntel Core i7 3820QMIntel Core i7 3520M

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3     avg: 6.1     median: 6 (14%)     max: 6 Points
6.8 Points (15%)
3.3 Points (8%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 0     avg: 1.3     median: 1 (50%)     max: 1 Points
1.5 Points (77%)
1.4 Points (72%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 2410     avg: 4367.9     median: 4420 (45%)     max: 4594 Points
min: 4910     avg: 4985.7     median: 5008 (51%)     max: 5039 Points
min: 4408     avg: 4813.4     median: 4855 (50%)     max: 4903 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 9752     avg: 17071.8     median: 17230 (26%)     max: 17972 Points
min: 19326     avg: 19490.7     median: 19364 (30%)     max: 19782 Points
min: 9112     avg: 10166.7     median: 10467 (16%)     max: 10605 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 5650     avg: 20572.3     median: 21316 (28%)     max: 22148 Points
min: 23605     avg: 24083.2     median: 24069 (32%)     max: 24448 Points
min: 11581     avg: 12766     median: 12889 (17%)     max: 13151 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 2842     avg: 5543     median: 5588 (54%)     max: 6774 Points
min: 6187     avg: 6245.4     median: 6214 (60%)     max: 6398 Points
min: 6029     avg: 6127.8     median: 6146 (59%)     max: 6203 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 248     avg: 299.9     median: 279 (3%)     max: 395 seconds
min: 223     avg: 236.3     median: 236 (3%)     max: 248 seconds
min: 456     avg: 493.2     median: 492 (6%)     max: 569 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 8     avg: 9.7     median: 8 (2%)     max: 12 seconds
7.5 seconds (2%)
min: 14     avg: 15.5     median: 15 (3%)     max: 17 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2637     avg: 4178.5     median: 4313 (51%)     max: 4447 KB/s
min: 4530     avg: 4575     median: 4575 (54%)     max: 4620 KB/s
min: 2661     avg: 2862.9     median: 2715 (32%)     max: 3527 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 33     avg: 34.2     median: 34 (1%)     max: 34 fps
37.2 fps (1%)
min: 6     avg: 16.1     median: 18 (0%)     max: 19 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 133     avg: 135.1     median: 134 (50%)     max: 137 fps
min: 147     avg: 150.4     median: 150 (56%)     max: 152 fps
min: 35     avg: 86.2     median: 98 (36%)     max: 101 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (16%)
0.4 GB/s (19%)
0.2 GB/s (9%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (18%)
0.6 GB/s (21%)
0.3 GB/s (10%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 2     avg: 3.1     median: 3 (15%)     max: 3 GB/s
3.5 GB/s (18%)
1.6 GB/s (8%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3522     avg: 5921.1     median: 6078 (41%)     max: 6464 Points
min: 6720     avg: 6832     median: 6849 (46%)     max: 6910 Points
min: 3528     avg: 4086.2     median: 4134 (28%)     max: 4212 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11.6     median: 11 (2%)     max: 16 Seconds
10.1 Seconds (2%)
10.3 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 25     avg: 26.2     median: 26 (1%)     max: 29 Seconds
min: 22     avg: 22.6     median: 22 (1%)     max: 23 Seconds
min: 24     avg: 24.8     median: 25 (1%)     max: 25 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 603     avg: 620.5     median: 619 (3%)     max: 645 Seconds
min: 550     avg: 554.5     median: 554 (2%)     max: 559 Seconds
min: 565     avg: 590.6     median: 594 (3%)     max: 612 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 99000     avg: 114716     median: 121640 (58%)     max: 127440 MIPS
min: 134350     avg: 136990     median: 136990 (65%)     max: 139630 MIPS
min: 55800     avg: 63808     median: 67130 (32%)     max: 69140 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 75000     avg: 76995.5     median: 77840 (60%)     max: 80560 MFLOPS
min: 84860     avg: 85585     median: 85585 (66%)     max: 86310 MFLOPS
min: 41450     avg: 42502.4     median: 42450 (33%)     max: 44032 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 6     avg: 7.5     median: 7 (100%)     max: 7 points
7.6 points (109%)
7.2 points (103%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 16136     avg: 21156.8     median: 21503 (30%)     max: 22164 Points
min: 23042     avg: 23979.2     median: 24158 (34%)     max: 24792 Points
min: 9277     avg: 11188.2     median: 11511 (16%)     max: 11788 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3103     avg: 7294.8     median: 7684 (39%)     max: 8051 points
min: 8825     avg: 9005.8     median: 9040 (46%)     max: 9118 points
min: 3582     avg: 4274.6     median: 4466 (23%)     max: 4774 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 19256     avg: 38000.2     median: 40521 (26%)     max: 40919 Points
39221 Points (25%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3040     avg: 5645.2     median: 5987 (15%)     max: 6094 Points
3393 Points (9%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 4170     avg: 7766.9     median: 8277 (25%)     max: 8340 Points
4772 Points (15%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
5242 Points (42%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
5320 Points (48%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
11843 Points (20%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
10752 Points (19%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
9493 Points (22%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3610QM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3820QM → 107%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3520M → 75%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)