Intel Core i7-3920XM vs Intel Core i7-3840QM

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 i7-3840QM

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The Intel Core i7-3840QM is a fast quad-core processor for laptops based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and successor of the i7-3820QM. 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 2.8 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 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 i7-3840QM should be slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to slight architectural improvements. Overall, performance should be similar to the Core i7-3920XM.

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 i7-3840QM 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 i7-3920XMIntel Core i7-3840QM
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Ivy BridgeIvy Bridge
: Core i7 Ivy Bridge
Intel Core i7-3940XM (compare)3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-3920XM2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-3840QM2800 - 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 i7-3667U (compare)2000 - 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 i7-3840QM2800 - 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 i7-3667U (compare)2000 - 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
2900 - 3800 MHz2800 - 3800 MHz
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160 mm2160 mm2
105 °C105 °C
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HD Graphics 4000, DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, VirtualizationHD Graphics 4000, DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
$1096 U.S.$568 U.S.
Intel Core i7 3920XM

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6.89     avg: 7.1     median: 7.1 (26%)     max: 7.22 Points
min: 7     avg: 7.1     median: 7.1 (26%)     max: 7.15 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.53     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (64%)     max: 1.58 Points
min: 1.58     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (65%)     max: 1.59 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5045     avg: 5078     median: 5078 (56%)     max: 5111 Points
min: 5137     avg: 5144.5     median: 5144.5 (56%)     max: 5152 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 19595     avg: 19652.5     median: 19652.5 (40%)     max: 19710 Points
min: 20132     avg: 20135     median: 20135 (40%)     max: 20138 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 19756     avg: 23050.3     median: 24647 (32%)     max: 24748 Points
min: 25111     avg: 25178     median: 25178 (33%)     max: 25245 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5132     avg: 6010.7     median: 6416 (62%)     max: 6484 Points
min: 6405     avg: 6478     median: 6478 (63%)     max: 6551 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 220.9     avg: 241.8     median: 241.8 (3%)     max: 262.698 seconds
min: 245     avg: 246.2     median: 246.2 (3%)     max: 247.481 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 7.412     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (2%)     max: 7.539 seconds
min: 7.348     avg: 7.4     median: 7.4 (1%)     max: 7.441 seconds
WinRAR - Result
4570 KB/s (54%)
4712 KB/s (55%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 37.1     avg: 38     median: 38 (1%)     max: 38.9 fps
min: 37.11     avg: 38.2     median: 38.2 (1%)     max: 39.23 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 156.42     avg: 156.7     median: 156.7 (58%)     max: 157 fps
min: 156.2     avg: 157.8     median: 157.8 (58%)     max: 159.37 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.366     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (19%)     max: 0.373 GB/s
min: 0.375     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (20%)     max: 0.376 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.562     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (20%)     max: 0.633 GB/s
min: 0.638     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (21%)     max: 0.642 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 3.5     avg: 3.6     median: 3.6 (18%)     max: 3.6 GB/s
3.6 GB/s (18%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 6793     avg: 6935     median: 6973 (48%)     max: 7039 Points
min: 6946     avg: 6998     median: 6998 (49%)     max: 7050 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 9     avg: 9.4     median: 9 (2%)     max: 10.109 Seconds
min: 9     avg: 9.4     median: 9.4 (2%)     max: 9.703 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 22     avg: 22.3     median: 22 (1%)     max: 22.984 Seconds
min: 21.965     avg: 22     median: 22 (1%)     max: 22 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 531     avg: 534     median: 534 (2%)     max: 537 Seconds
541 Seconds (2%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 115400     avg: 129935     median: 129935 (62%)     max: 144470 MIPS
124100 MIPS (59%)
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 83580     avg: 85345     median: 85345 (65%)     max: 87110 MFLOPS
85000 MFLOPS (65%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.7 points (99%)
7.7 points (99%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 24085     avg: 24928     median: 25094 (42%)     max: 25605 Points
min: 24545     avg: 24740.5     median: 24740.5 (41%)     max: 24936 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
0 points (0%)
min: 7360     avg: 7786.5     median: 7786.5 (42%)     max: 8213 points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3920XM → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-3840QM → 101%

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1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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