Intel Core i7-3615QM vs Intel Core i7-3820QM vs Intel Core i7-3540M

Intel Core i7-3615QM

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The Intel Core i7-3615QM 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.

The performance of the Core i7-3615QM 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 1200 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

As with most quad-core Ivy Bridge models, the Core i7-3615QM 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 i7-3540M

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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 i7-3615QMIntel Core i7-3820QMIntel Core i7-3540M
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Ivy BridgeIvy BridgeIvy Bridge
Series: 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
2300 - 3300 MHz2700 - 3700 MHz3000 - 3700 MHz
256 KB256 KB128 KB
1 MB1 MB512 KB
6 MB8 MB4 MB
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45 45 35
1400 1400
22 22 22
160 mm2160 mm2
105 °C105 °C105 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988BGA1023, PGA988
HD Graphics 4000 (650-1200MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000, DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz), DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1250 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
$378 U.S.
Intel Core i7 3615QMIntel Core i7 3820QMIntel Core i7 3540M

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 5.52     avg: 5.8     median: 5.5 (13%)     max: 6.26 Points
min: 6.68     avg: 6.8     median: 6.8 (16%)     max: 6.94 Points
min: 3.41     avg: 3.5     median: 3.5 (8%)     max: 3.49 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.32     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (52%)     max: 1.35 Points
1.5 Points (60%)
min: 1.52     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (60%)     max: 1.54 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4392     avg: 4436     median: 4436 (46%)     max: 4480
min: 4910     avg: 4986     median: 5008 (51%)     max: 5039
min: 5018     avg: 5030     median: 5029.5 (52%)     max: 5041
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 16907     avg: 16981     median: 16980.5 (29%)     max: 17054
min: 19326     avg: 19491     median: 19364 (33%)     max: 19782
min: 10628     avg: 10811     median: 10810.5 (18%)     max: 10993
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 20725     avg: 21245     median: 21365 (25%)     max: 21646 Points
min: 23605     avg: 24083     median: 24069 (28%)     max: 24448 Points
min: 13307     avg: 13435     median: 13434.5 (16%)     max: 13562 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 5379     avg: 5576     median: 5618 (49%)     max: 5732 Points
min: 6187     avg: 6245     median: 6214 (54%)     max: 6398 Points
min: 6326     avg: 6414     median: 6414 (56%)     max: 6502 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 248     avg: 262     median: 262.4 (3%)     max: 276.8 s
min: 223.892     avg: 236     median: 236.3 (3%)     max: 248.608 s
471 s (6%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 8.1     avg: 8.5     median: 8.5 (2%)     max: 8.8 s
min: 7.314     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (2%)     max: 7.612 s
14.9 s (3%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 2965     avg: 3626     median: 3626 (37%)     max: 4287
min: 4530     avg: 4575     median: 4575 (47%)     max: 4620
2940 (30%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
34.4 fps (20%)
min: 37.1     avg: 37.2     median: 37.2 (22%)     max: 37.24 fps
19.9 fps (12%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
138 fps (48%)
min: 147.94     avg: 150     median: 150.4 (52%)     max: 152.9 fps
105 fps (36%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.316     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.323 GB/s
0.4 GB/s (0%)
0.2 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.542     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (0%)     max: 0.55 GB/s
0.6 GB/s (0%)
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 2.9     avg: 3     median: 3 (0%)     max: 3.1 GB/s
3.5 GB/s (0%)
1.7 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5453     avg: 5757     median: 5574 (37%)     max: 6244 Points
min: 6720     avg: 6832     median: 6849 (46%)     max: 6910 Points
min: 4267     avg: 4320     median: 4319.5 (29%)     max: 4372 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11.1     median: 11.1 (2%)     max: 11.2 s
min: 10     avg: 10.1     median: 10 (2%)     max: 10.385 s
10.4 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 25     avg: 25.4     median: 25.4 (1%)     max: 25.7 s
min: 22     avg: 22.6     median: 22 (1%)     max: 23.704 s
23.9 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 616     avg: 623     median: 623.1 (3%)     max: 630.2 s
min: 550     avg: 555     median: 554.5 (2%)     max: 559 s
557 s (2%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.6 Points (97%)
min: 7.5     avg: 7.6     median: 7.6 (97%)     max: 7.7 Points
7.3 Points (94%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 18316     avg: 19453     median: 19047 (27%)     max: 20997 Points
min: 23042     avg: 23979     median: 24158 (34%)     max: 24792 Points
11749 Points (16%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 6894     avg: 7283     median: 7391 (33%)     max: 7564 Points
min: 8825     avg: 9006     median: 9040 (41%)     max: 9118 Points
min: 4391     avg: 4627     median: 4627 (21%)     max: 4863 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3615QM → 100% n=21

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3820QM → 112% n=21

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3540M → 81% n=21

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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