Intel Core i7-3632QM vs Intel Core i7-3517U vs Intel Core i7-3520M

Intel Core i7-3632QM

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The Intel Core i7-3632QM is a fast quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and successor of the i7-3612QM. It is the fastest mobile processor rated at 35 Watt (at the time of announcement in Q3 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 2.2 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.1 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.2 GHz (for 1 active core). Compared to other quad core CPUs, the 3632QM 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 don't support vPro and Trusted Execution, 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 i7-3632QM is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is slightly above the Sandy Bridge Core i7-2820QM. Altough the 3632QM has a higher model number than the 3630QM, it offers slower clock rates and therefore performs worse. However, the 3630QM is specified at a much higher TDP of 45 Watt.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) and is clocked at 650 MHz (base) up to 1150 MHz (Turbo Boost).

With a TDP of only 35 Watt, the Core i7-3632QM is specified at the level of the dual-core mobile CPUs. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i7.

Intel Core i7-3517U

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The Intel Core i7-3517U is a fast ULV-processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture released 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 1.9 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.0 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 i7-3517U is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. Therefore, and because of the higher clock speed, the older Core i7-2677M is easily outperformed.

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 i7-3520M

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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.

Intel Core i7-3632QMIntel Core i7-3517UIntel Core i7-3520M
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
2200 - 3200 MHz1900 - 3000 MHz2900 - 3600 MHz
256 KB128 KB128 KB
1 MB512 KB512 KB
6 MB4 MB4 MB
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35 17 35
1400
22 22 22
160 mm2
105 °C105 °C
FCBGA1224, FCPGA988BGA1023, PGA988
HD Graphics 4000, 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 BitHD Graphics 4000, DDR3-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1150 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (350 - 1150 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1250 MHz)
Intel Core i7 3632QMIntel Core i7 3517UIntel Core i7 3520M
$346 U.S.

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 519     avg: 521     median: 521 (12%)     max: 523 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 111     avg: 112.3     median: 113 (52%)     max: 113 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
5.7 Points (13%)
2.7 Points (6%)
3.3 Points (8%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.3 Points (66%)
1.2 Points (61%)
1.4 Points (72%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4261     avg: 4286.8     median: 4293 (47%)     max: 4299 Points
min: 3860     avg: 4040.5     median: 4024 (44%)     max: 4170 Points
min: 4408     avg: 4813.4     median: 4855 (53%)     max: 4903 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 15952     avg: 16138.5     median: 16117 (25%)     max: 16368 Points
min: 8015     avg: 8524     median: 8596 (13%)     max: 8704 Points
min: 9112     avg: 10166.7     median: 10467 (16%)     max: 10605 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 18906     avg: 19646.3     median: 19793 (26%)     max: 20126 Points
min: 9842     avg: 10588.8     median: 10674 (14%)     max: 10904 Points
min: 11581     avg: 12766     median: 12889 (17%)     max: 13151 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5296     avg: 5394.2     median: 5419 (52%)     max: 5456 Points
min: 4625     avg: 5101.6     median: 5136 (50%)     max: 5263 Points
min: 6029     avg: 6127.8     median: 6146 (59%)     max: 6203 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 271     avg: 321.9     median: 294 (3%)     max: 426 seconds
min: 556     avg: 605.4     median: 597 (7%)     max: 698 seconds
min: 456     avg: 493.2     median: 492 (6%)     max: 569 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 8     avg: 10.5     median: 9 (2%)     max: 13 seconds
min: 17     avg: 18.6     median: 18 (4%)     max: 20 seconds
min: 14     avg: 15.5     median: 15 (3%)     max: 17 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 4045     avg: 4069     median: 4069 (48%)     max: 4093 KB/s
min: 2376     avg: 2631.1     median: 2465 (29%)     max: 3682 KB/s
min: 2661     avg: 2862.9     median: 2715 (32%)     max: 3527 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 27     avg: 30.9     median: 31 (1%)     max: 32 fps
min: 14     avg: 15.6     median: 15 (0%)     max: 16 fps
min: 6     avg: 16.1     median: 18 (0%)     max: 19 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 123     avg: 125.4     median: 125 (46%)     max: 127 fps
min: 82     avg: 83.3     median: 82 (30%)     max: 85 fps
min: 35     avg: 86.2     median: 98 (36%)     max: 101 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (14%)
0.2 GB/s (8%)
0.2 GB/s (9%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (16%)
0.3 GB/s (8%)
0.3 GB/s (10%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 1     avg: 2.6     median: 2 (10%)     max: 2 GB/s
min: 0     avg: 1.2     median: 1 (5%)     max: 1 GB/s
1.6 GB/s (8%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5514     avg: 5702     median: 5681 (38%)     max: 5947 Points
min: 2949     avg: 3381.8     median: 3430 (23%)     max: 3570 Points
min: 3528     avg: 4086.2     median: 4134 (28%)     max: 4212 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11.9     median: 11 (2%)     max: 13 Seconds
min: 12     avg: 12.7     median: 12 (3%)     max: 13 Seconds
10.3 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26     avg: 27.1     median: 27 (1%)     max: 28 Seconds
min: 28     avg: 29.2     median: 29 (1%)     max: 30 Seconds
min: 24     avg: 24.8     median: 25 (1%)     max: 25 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 623     avg: 636.4     median: 634 (3%)     max: 649 Seconds
min: 668     avg: 691.1     median: 683 (3%)     max: 767 Seconds
min: 565     avg: 590.6     median: 594 (3%)     max: 612 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
99750 MIPS (47%)
min: 47300     avg: 50912.5     median: 50800 (24%)     max: 54750 MIPS
min: 55800     avg: 63808     median: 67130 (32%)     max: 69140 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
68510 MFLOPS (53%)
min: 34130     avg: 34857.5     median: 35035 (27%)     max: 35230 MFLOPS
min: 41450     avg: 42502.4     median: 42450 (33%)     max: 44032 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.5 points (107%)
7.1 points (101%)
7.2 points (103%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 16654     avg: 19072     median: 20095 (28%)     max: 20467 Points
min: 6288     avg: 8845.8     median: 9288 (13%)     max: 9552 Points
min: 9277     avg: 11188.2     median: 11511 (16%)     max: 11788 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 5976     avg: 6528.2     median: 6410 (33%)     max: 7327 points
min: 2966     avg: 3436.6     median: 3409 (18%)     max: 3988 points
min: 3582     avg: 4274.6     median: 4466 (23%)     max: 4774 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 26398     avg: 32228     median: 32530 (21%)     max: 37454 Points
31781 Points (20%)
39221 Points (25%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
26458 Points (32%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 4887     avg: 5110     median: 4981 (13%)     max: 5591 Points
2734 Points (7%)
3393 Points (9%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 7073     avg: 7328     median: 7174 (22%)     max: 7737 Points
3880 Points (12%)
4772 Points (15%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
7341 Points (59%)
5172 Points (42%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
6764 Points (61%)
5174 Points (47%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
10911 Points (19%)
6165 Points (11%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
9690 Points (17%)
5564 Points (10%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
9297 Points (21%)
5657 Points (13%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
10241 Points (13%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
2748 Points (56%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3632QM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3517U → 70%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3520M → 81%

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