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Intel Core i7-2720QM

Intel 2720QM

The Intel Core i7-2720QM is a fast high-end quad core processor for laptops. It is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture and offers Hyperthreading to handle 8 threads at once (for a better usage of the pipeline). Compared to the previous Clarksdale quad-cores, the i7-2720QM is now manufactured in 32nm and offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the faster clocked 2820QM, the 2720QM offers less level 3 cache (6 vs. 8MB).

Sandy Bridge is the evolutionary successor of the Arrandale architecture. The most noteable improvements are the new 256Bit AVX instructions, the improved Turbo Boost and the integration of the graphics card into the 32nm CPU core. Furthermore, the integrated memory controller was improved and supports up to 8 GB DDR3-1333.

The i7-2720QM offers an integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics 3000) which proved to be clearly faster than the old Intel HD Graphics in the Arrandale CPUs and on a level with entry level dedicated graphics cards like the GeForce 310M. The HD Graphics 3000 also supports Turbo Boost and clocks between 650 MHz and 1300 MHz. As the graphics card shares the fast last level cache, the processor is a bit slower with activated GPU.

The performance of the Core i7-2720QM is noticeable better than the old i7-720QM and even a bit faster than the fastest Clarksfield CPU the Core i7-940XM quad core. Therefore, the performance should be sufficient for modern 3D games and demanding applications. Thanks to the fast Turbo Boost 2.0 even single threaded applications run very fast. The detailed benchmark results of the 2720QM can be found in the lower section of this page, or in our detailed review of the new Sandy Bridge quad core processors.

The relative high TDP rating of the 2720QM of 45 Watt enables the usage of the quad core only in 15" laptops and up. However, compared to the previous generation of quad-cores, the TDP improved, as the integrated GPU is now included.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameSandy Bridge
Series: Core i7 Sandy Bridge
Intel Core i7-2960XM compare2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2860QM compare2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2920XM compare2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-2760QM compare2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2820QM compare2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-2720QM2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2670QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2635QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2630QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-2640M compare2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2620M compare2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2649M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2629M compare2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2677M compare1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2637M compare1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2657M compare1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-2617M compare1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate2200 - 3300 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache6 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)45 Watt
Transistor Count995 Million
Manufacturing Technology32 nm
Die Size216 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketFCBGA1224, FCPGA988
FeaturesHD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Starting Price$378 U.S.
Announcement Date01/06/2011
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 2720QM

Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 5.12     avg: 5.3     median: 5.3 (11%)     max: 5.64 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4114     avg: 4168     median: 4167 (43%)     max: 4219 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 13961     avg: 14649     median: 14852 (25%)     max: 15301 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 15819     avg: 17946     median: 18193 (17%)     max: 19061 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4204     avg: 5084     median: 5236 (39%)     max: 5299 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 410.2     avg: 423     median: 423.5 (5%)     max: 435.633 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 12.13     avg: 13     median: 13.1 (3%)     max: 13.729 s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5133     avg: 5529     median: 5616 (31%)     max: 5772 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12.3 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 635     avg: 650     median: 647 (3%)     max: 671 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 11457     avg: 17984     median: 18725 (22%)     max: 19716 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 5473     avg: 6495     median: 6627 (28%)     max: 7334 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Intel Core i7 2720QM processor

Alienware M17x R3, GT 520M, i7-2720 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, 17.30")
» Alienware M17x R3, GT 520M, i7-2720 - External Review

Alienware M17x R3, GTX 580M, i7-2720 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M, 17.30")
» Alienware M17x R3, GTX 580M, i7-2720 - External Review

Apple Macbook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC723LL/A (AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 15.40")
» Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.2 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen) - Review
» Apple Macbook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 - External Review

Apple MacBook Pro 17 inch 2011-02 MC725D/A (AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 17.30")
» Review Apple MacBook Pro 17 Early 2011 (2.2 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen) - Review
» Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch Early 2011 - External Review

Asus N53SV (NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 15.60")
» Review Asus N53SV Notebook - Review
» Asus N53SV - External Review

AVADirect Clevo P150HM (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M, 15.60")
» AVADirect Clevo P150HM - External Review

AVADirect Clevo P170HM (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M, 17.30")
» AVADirect Clevo P170HM - External Review

Eurocom Racer (AMD Radeon HD 6970M, 15.60")
» Review Eurocom Racer Gaming-Notebook (2720QM / HD 6970M) - Review
» Eurocom Racer - External Review

HP Pavilion dv6-6027tx (AMD Radeon HD 6770M, 15.60")
» HP Pavilion dv6-6027tx - External Review

Maingear eX-L 15 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M, 15.60")
» Maingear eX-L 15 - External Review

MSI GT680R (i7-2720QM) (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 15.60")
» MSI GT680R (i7-2720QM) - External Review

Novatech Stingray (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 17.30")
» Novatech Stingray - External Review

One G90 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M, 17.30")
» One G90 - External Review

Packard Bell Easynote TS85 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 15.60")
» Packard Bell Easynote TS85 - External Review

Samsung 600B5B-HC1 (NVIDIA NVS 4200M, 15.60")
» Samsung 600B5B-HC1 - External Review

Schenker XMG P501 PRO (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M, 15.60")
» Review Schenker XMG P501 PRO Notebook - Review
» Schenker XMG P501 PRO - External Review

Sony Vaio VPC-F21AFX/BI (NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, 16.00")
» Sony Vaio VPC-F21AFX/BI - External Review

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   2x 3.3 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-2635QM
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+ Intel Core i7-7560U
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+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
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» Intel Core i7-2720QM
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- Intel Core i7-2670QM
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- Intel Core i7-6567U
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- Intel Core i3-8145U
   2x 2.1 GHz - 3.9 GHz
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   2x 2.3 GHz - 3.6 GHz
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