Intel Core i7-3630QM vs Intel Core i7-3612QM vs Intel Core i7-3667U

Intel Core i7-3630QM

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The Intel Core i7-3630QM is a fast quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and successor of the i7-3630QM. 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 2.4 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.3 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.4 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 3630QM supports all functions of the Ivy Bridge core like VT-x, AES or Trusted Execution.

The performance of the Core i7-3630QM should be slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance should be above 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 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it one of the faster variants.

As with most quad-core Ivy Bridge models, the Core i7-3630QM 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 i7-3612QM

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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 i7-3667U

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The Intel Core i7-3667U is the fastest ULV-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 2.0 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.2 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 i7-3667U 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 10 to 15%.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 350 MHz up to 1150 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 i7-3630QMIntel Core i7-3612QMIntel Core i7-3667U
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
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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FCPGA988FCBGA1224, FCPGA988BGA1023
HD Graphics 4000, DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000 (650-1100MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationTurbo 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 Bit
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1150 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (350 - 1150 MHz)
Intel Core i7 3612QMIntel Core i7 3667U
$346 U.S.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 5.52     avg: 6.3     median: 6.4 (17%)     max: 6.48 Points
min: 4.2     avg: 5.4     median: 5.6 (15%)     max: 5.66 Points
min: 2.55     avg: 2.8     median: 2.9 (8%)     max: 2.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.39     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (57%)     max: 1.42 Points
min: 0.89     avg: 1.2     median: 1.3 (52%)     max: 1.29 Points
min: 1.3     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (54%)     max: 1.33 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4554     avg: 4630     median: 4654 (48%)     max: 4692 Points
min: 2961     avg: 3947     median: 4112.5 (42%)     max: 4163 Points
min: 3975     avg: 4215     median: 4215 (43%)     max: 4455 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 17902     avg: 18054     median: 18091 (30%)     max: 18189 Points
min: 11636     avg: 15072     median: 15678 (26%)     max: 15937 Points
min: 8290     avg: 8810     median: 8809.5 (15%)     max: 9329 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 19766     avg: 21754     median: 22003 (29%)     max: 22168 Points
min: 14549     avg: 18508     median: 19210 (25%)     max: 19463 Points
min: 10253     avg: 11057     median: 11294.5 (15%)     max: 11387 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5735     avg: 5832     median: 5821 (54%)     max: 5953 Points
min: 3753     avg: 4989     median: 5226 (49%)     max: 5413 Points
min: 5363     avg: 5524     median: 5563 (52%)     max: 5607 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 242     avg: 278     median: 261.1 (3%)     max: 362.192 seconds
min: 276     avg: 338     median: 297.9 (4%)     max: 578.712 seconds
min: 529     avg: 591     median: 569.7 (7%)     max: 674.715 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 7.7     avg: 9.1     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 11.963 seconds
min: 8     avg: 9.5     median: 9.6 (2%)     max: 10.165 seconds
min: 16.27     avg: 17.4     median: 17.8 (4%)     max: 18.096 seconds
WinRAR - Result
4491 KB/s (53%)
min: 3961     avg: 4028     median: 4047 (47%)     max: 4057 KB/s
min: 2413     avg: 2474     median: 2474 (29%)     max: 2535 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 34.68     avg: 35.1     median: 35.3 (22%)     max: 35.32 fps
min: 30.94     avg: 31.1     median: 31.1 (20%)     max: 31.14 fps
min: 14.54     avg: 15.4     median: 15.4 (10%)     max: 16.32 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 133.8     avg: 137     median: 136.9 (49%)     max: 141.34 fps
min: 122.14     avg: 124     median: 123.8 (44%)     max: 124.64 fps
min: 86.29     avg: 87     median: 87 (31%)     max: 87.72 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.322     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (17%)     max: 0.328 GB/s
min: 0.218     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (15%)     max: 0.291 GB/s
0.2 GB/s (8%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.553     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.57 GB/s
min: 0.366     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (0%)     max: 0.501 GB/s
min: 0.259     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.265 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 3     avg: 3.1     median: 3.1 (16%)     max: 3.1 GB/s
min: 2.1     avg: 2.5     median: 2.7 (14%)     max: 2.8 GB/s
min: 1.4     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (8%)     max: 1.5 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5730     avg: 6355     median: 6392 (43%)     max: 6565 Points
min: 4078     avg: 5080     median: 5466 (37%)     max: 5552 Points
min: 3393     avg: 3567     median: 3594.5 (24%)     max: 3685 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10.891     avg: 10.9     median: 10.9 (2%)     max: 11 Seconds
min: 12     avg: 12.7     median: 12.3 (3%)     max: 17 Seconds
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11.4 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 25     avg: 25.1     median: 25.1 (1%)     max: 25.314 Seconds
min: 27     avg: 29.1     median: 28.1 (1%)     max: 39 Seconds
min: 27     avg: 27.3     median: 27.2 (1%)     max: 28 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 601.235     avg: 613     median: 617 (3%)     max: 618.1 Seconds
min: 648.3     avg: 791     median: 660.8 (3%)     max: 1931.22 Seconds
min: 640     avg: 648     median: 647.7 (3%)     max: 655 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 110700     avg: 113093     median: 111410 (53%)     max: 117170 MIPS
min: 72000     avg: 86945     median: 89930 (43%)     max: 95920 MIPS
52000 MIPS (25%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 77100     avg: 78210     median: 77310 (59%)     max: 80220 MFLOPS
min: 51000     avg: 65015     median: 69190 (53%)     max: 70680 MFLOPS
36570 MFLOPS (28%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 7.5     avg: 7.6     median: 7.6 (97%)     max: 7.6 points
min: 7.2     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (96%)     max: 7.5 points
7.1 points (91%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 19869     avg: 21901     median: 22161 (31%)     max: 22539 Points
min: 8328     avg: 16910     median: 17837.5 (25%)     max: 19780 Points
min: 8295     avg: 9039     median: 9222 (13%)     max: 9600 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 6127     avg: 7104     median: 6954 (34%)     max: 7848 points
min: 5234     avg: 6378     median: 6388.5 (31%)     max: 7418 points
min: 2618     avg: 3129     median: 3231 (16%)     max: 3436 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 40335     avg: 41261     median: 41354 (27%)     max: 41999 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 5806     avg: 6067     median: 6098.5 (15%)     max: 6263 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 8315     avg: 8404     median: 8425 (29%)     max: 8473 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 4993     avg: 6744     median: 6743.5 (54%)     max: 8494 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 5030     avg: 6268     median: 6267.5 (57%)     max: 7505 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
min: 11570     avg: 11755     median: 11755 (23%)     max: 11940 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 10711     avg: 10734     median: 10733.5 (22%)     max: 10756 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 9303     avg: 9799     median: 9798.5 (26%)     max: 10294 Points
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
128 ms (1%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3630QM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3612QM → 91%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3667U → 69%

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