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Intel Core i7-3920XM vs Intel Core i7-3740QM vs Intel Core i7-3540M

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 i7-3740QM

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The Intel Core i7-3740QM is a fast quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and successor of the i7-3720QM. 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).

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 i7-3740QM should be slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance should be above the Core i7-2960XM.

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 faster variants.

As with most quad-core Ivy Bridge models, the Core i7-3740QM 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.

ModelIntel Core i7-3920XMIntel Core i7-3740QMIntel Core i7-3540M
SeriesIntel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
CodenameIvy BridgeIvy BridgeIvy Bridge
Series: Core i7 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i7-3940XM3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-3920XM2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM2.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U1.9 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3940XM3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-3740QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM2.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3540M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U1.9 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3940XM3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3920XM2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3820QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3740QM2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3720QM2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3635QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3630QM2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3615QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3610QM2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3632QM2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-3612QM2.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-3540M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3520M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3687U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3667U2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3537U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3517U1.9 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-3689Y1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Clock2900 - 3800 MHz2700 - 3700 MHz3000 - 3700 MHz
L1 Cache256 KB256 KB128 KB
L2 Cache1 MB1 MB512 KB
L3 Cache8 MB6 MB4 MB
Cores / Threads4 / 84 / 82 / 4
TDP55 Watt45 Watt35 Watt
Transistors1400 Million1400 Million
Technology22 nm22 nm22 nm
Die Size160 mm2160 mm2
max. Temp.105 °C105 °C105 °C
SocketFCPGA988FCBGA1224, FCPGA988BGA1023, PGA988
FeaturesHD Graphics 4000, 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 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$1096 U.S.$378 U.S.
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Core i7 3920XMIntel Core i7 3540M

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 6.89     avg: 7.1     median: 7.1 (10%)     max: 7.22 Points
min: 6.93     avg: 7     median: 7 (10%)     max: 6.98 Points
min: 3.41     avg: 3.5     median: 3.5 (5%)     max: 3.49 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.53     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (5%)     max: 1.58 Points
1.5 Points (5%)
min: 1.52     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (5%)     max: 1.54 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 5045     avg: 5078     median: 5078 (41%)     max: 5111 Points
4951 Points (40%)
min: 5018     avg: 5030     median: 5029.5 (41%)     max: 5041 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 19595     avg: 19653     median: 19652.5 (23%)     max: 19710 Points
19798 Points (23%)
min: 10628     avg: 10811     median: 10810.5 (12%)     max: 10993 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 19756     avg: 23050     median: 24647 (19%)     max: 24748 Points
min: 24138     avg: 24219     median: 24218.5 (18%)     max: 24299 Points
min: 13307     avg: 13435     median: 13434.5 (10%)     max: 13562 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 5132     avg: 6011     median: 6416 (35%)     max: 6484 Points
min: 6281     avg: 6324     median: 6323.5 (34%)     max: 6366 Points
min: 6326     avg: 6414     median: 6414 (35%)     max: 6502 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 220.9     avg: 241.8     median: 241.8 (3%)     max: 262.7 s
247 s (3%)
471.2 s (6%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 7.412     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (2%)     max: 7.539 s
7.6 s (2%)
14.9 s (3%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
4570 Points (26%)
4680 Points (27%)
2940 Points (17%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 37.1     avg: 38     median: 38 (14%)     max: 38.9 fps
38.6 fps (14%)
19.9 fps (7%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 156.4     avg: 156.7     median: 156.7 (37%)     max: 157 fps
153.8 fps (36%)
105.3 fps (25%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.366     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.373 GB/s
0.4 GB/s (0%)
0.2 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.562     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.633 GB/s
0.6 GB/s (0%)
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 3.5     avg: 3.6     median: 3.6 (0%)     max: 3.6 GB/s
3.5 GB/s (0%)
1.7 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 6793     avg: 6935     median: 6973 (15%)     max: 7039 Points
min: 6825     avg: 6837     median: 6837 (15%)     max: 6849 Points
min: 4267     avg: 4320     median: 4319.5 (9%)     max: 4372 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 9     avg: 9.4     median: 9 (2%)     max: 10.11 s
10.2 s (2%)
10.4 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 22     avg: 22.3     median: 22 (1%)     max: 22.98 s
23.4 s (1%)
23.9 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
1 3920XM +
min: 531     avg: 534     median: 534 (2%)     max: 537 s
100%
1 3540M +
557 s (2%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 3920XM +
min: 115400     avg: 129935     median: 129935 (62%)     max: 144470 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 3920XM +
min: 83580     avg: 85345     median: 85345 (65%)     max: 87110 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
7.7 Points (99%)
7.7 Points (99%)
7.3 Points (94%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 24085     avg: 24928     median: 25094 (23%)     max: 25605 Points
min: 23645     avg: 23789     median: 23789 (22%)     max: 23933 Points
11749 Points (11%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
9329 Points (26%)
min: 7048     avg: 7783     median: 7782.5 (21%)     max: 8517 Points
min: 4391     avg: 4627     median: 4627 (13%)     max: 4863 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 3540M +
min: 40631     avg: 42023     median: 42022.5 (27%)     max: 43414 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
100%
1 3540M +
min: 3424     avg: 3483     median: 3482.5 (9%)     max: 3541 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
100%
1 3540M +
min: 4929     avg: 4966     median: 4966 (9%)     max: 5003 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3920XM → 100% n=19

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3740QM → 99% n=19

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3540M → 73% n=19

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