Intel Core i7-3920XM vs Intel Core i7-3667U

Intel Core i7-3920XM

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The Intel Core i7-3920XM is the fastest quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture at the time of introduction in April 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 2.9 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.7 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.8 GHz (for 1 active core). Furthermore, the Extreme CPUs offer an unlocked multiplicator for easy overclocking.

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 i7-3920XM is slightly (~5 %) above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. Therefore, and because of the higher clock speed, the former champion Core i7-2960XM is easily outperformed by 10 to 15%.

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

The XM CPUs are rated at a TDP of 55 Watts including graphics card and memory controller and therefore 10 Watt higher than the other quad-core models.  Therefore, the CPU is well-suited for laptops 17-inches or greater.

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.

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Intel Core i7-3940XM (compare)3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-3920XM2900 - 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 i7-3720QM (compare)2600 - 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 i7-3540M (compare)3000 - 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 i7-3667U2000 - 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 i7-3920XM2900 - 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 i7-3720QM (compare)2600 - 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 i7-3540M (compare)3000 - 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 i7-3667U2000 - 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
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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 Bit
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (350 - 1150 MHz)
$1096 U.S.$346 U.S.
Intel Core i7 3920XMIntel Core i7 3667U

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6     avg: 7.1     median: 7 (21%)     max: 7 Points
2.8 Points (9%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.6 Points (78%)
1.3 Points (66%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5045     avg: 5078     median: 5078 (56%)     max: 5111 Points
min: 3975     avg: 4215     median: 4215 (46%)     max: 4455 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 19595     avg: 19652.5     median: 19652 (40%)     max: 19710 Points
min: 8290     avg: 8809.5     median: 8809 (18%)     max: 9329 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 19756     avg: 23050.3     median: 24647 (32%)     max: 24748 Points
min: 10253     avg: 11057.2     median: 11294 (15%)     max: 11387 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5132     avg: 6010.7     median: 6416 (62%)     max: 6484 Points
min: 5363     avg: 5524     median: 5563 (54%)     max: 5607 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 220     avg: 241.8     median: 241 (3%)     max: 262 seconds
min: 529     avg: 591.2     median: 569 (7%)     max: 674 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
7.5 seconds (2%)
min: 16     avg: 17.4     median: 17 (3%)     max: 18 seconds
WinRAR - Result
4570 KB/s (54%)
min: 2413     avg: 2474     median: 2474 (29%)     max: 2535 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 37     avg: 38     median: 38 (1%)     max: 38 fps
min: 14     avg: 15.4     median: 15 (0%)     max: 16 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 156     avg: 156.7     median: 156 (58%)     max: 157 fps
min: 86     avg: 87     median: 87 (32%)     max: 87 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.4 GB/s (37%)
0.2 GB/s (16%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.6 GB/s (20%)
0.3 GB/s (9%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
3.6 GB/s (19%)
1.5 GB/s (8%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 6793     avg: 6935     median: 6973 (47%)     max: 7039 Points
min: 3393     avg: 3566.8     median: 3594 (24%)     max: 3685 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 9     avg: 9.4     median: 9 (2%)     max: 10 Seconds
min: 11     avg: 11.5     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.3 Seconds (1%)
min: 27     avg: 27.4     median: 27 (1%)     max: 28 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 531     avg: 534     median: 534 (2%)     max: 537 Seconds
min: 640     avg: 647.6     median: 647 (3%)     max: 655 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 115400     avg: 129935     median: 129935 (62%)     max: 144470 MIPS
52000 MIPS (25%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 83580     avg: 85345     median: 85345 (65%)     max: 87110 MFLOPS
36570 MFLOPS (28%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.7 points (110%)
7.1 points (101%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 24085     avg: 24928     median: 25094 (35%)     max: 25605 Points
min: 8295     avg: 9039     median: 9222 (13%)     max: 9600 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
0 points (0%)
min: 2618     avg: 3129     median: 3231 (17%)     max: 3436 points
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
128 ms (1%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3920XM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3667U → 70%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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