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Intel Core i7-2920XM

Intel 2920XM

The Intel Core i7-2920XM is the fastest quad-core processor for laptops in Q1-2011. Due to the Extreme Edition branding, the CPU should be easy to overclock (unlocked multiplicator). 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 i7-2920XM is now manufactured in 32nm, offers an integrated graphics card and AES functions. Compared to the slower clocked 2820QM, the 2920XM is specified with a higher TDP.

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 Core i7-2920XM 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.

Due to the high Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading, the performance of the Core i7-2920XM can reach levels of the fast desktop Core i5-2500K processor. Compared to the previous generation, the i7-2920XM is up to 42% faster than the old Core i7-940XM processor. Therefore, the performance should be sufficient for even the most demanding tasks like HD video editing or 3D games. Extensive benchmarks can be found at the end of this page and in our review of the new Sandy Bridge quad core processors.

The high TDP rating of the 2920XM enables the usage of the quad core only in large and heavy laptops (usually 15" and up). Compared to the previous generation of quad-cores, however, 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 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2860QM compare2.5 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2920XM « 2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2760QM compare2.4 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2820QM compare2.3 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2720QM compare2.2 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2675QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2670QM compare2.2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2635QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2630QM compare2 - 2.9 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2640M compare2.8 - 3.5 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2620M compare2.7 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2649M compare2.3 - 3.2 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2629M compare2.1 - 3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2677M compare1.8 - 2.9 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2637M compare1.7 - 2.8 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2657M compare1.6 - 2.7 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-2617M compare1.5 - 2.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Clock Rate2500 - 3500 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache8 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)55 Watt
Transistor Count995 Million
Manufacturing Technology32 nm
Die Size216 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketFCPGA988
FeaturesHD Graphics 3000 (650-1300MHz), DDR3-1066/1333/1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, Quick Sync, Virtualization
GPUIntel HD Graphics 3000 (650 - 1300 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Starting Price$1096 U.S.
Announcement Date01/06/2011
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 2920XM

Benchmarks

Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4282     avg: 4387     median: 4378.5 (36%)     max: 4507 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 16067     avg: 16949     median: 17187.5 (19%)     max: 17355 points
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5944     avg: 6100     median: 6131 (13%)     max: 6206 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 7804     avg: 7915     median: 7914.5 (22%)     max: 8025 Points
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Reviews for the Intel Core i7-2920XM processor

 

Review Dell Precision M6600 Notebook

Outperformer. The Dell Precision M6600 mobile workstation can really flex its muscles; it is full to the brim with high-performance components. Generous specs, ...
Intel Core i7-2920XM | NVIDIA Quadro 4000M | 17.30" | 3.8 kg
 

Review Dell Precision M4600 Notebook

Precision tool. The current 15" workstation from Dell has been reworked from the ground up, and offers a completely new case along with renewed components. How ...
Intel Core i7-2920XM | NVIDIA Quadro 2000M | 15.60" | 3.2 kg
 

Review Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM) Notebook

Powerhouse. In our review update, we look at the fastest notebook graphics system currently available, the GeForce GTX 580 SLI, in the very well-equipped Alienw...
Intel Core i7-2920XM | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI | 18.40" | 5.6 kg
 

Review Alienware M18x Notebook

First-class in every way. Tired of having a typical desktop PC sitting on your desk? Want a replacement which offers great performance? The new Alienware M18x f...
Intel Core i7-2920XM | AMD Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire | 18.40" | 5.6 kg
 

Review Nvidia Geforce GTX 485M graphics card

Chart Topper In developing the Fermi architecture last year Nvidia topped ATI/AMD, whose HD 5870 was the leading single-core GPU before. Right at the launch of ...
Intel Core i7-2920XM | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M | 15.60" | 3.2 kg

One M73-2N: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M, 17.30", 3.8 kg
  External Review » One M73-2N

Alienware M18x, 6990M: AMD Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire, 18.40", 5.5 kg
  External Review » Alienware M18x, 6990M

Dell Precision M4600: NVIDIA Quadro 2000M, 15.60", 3.2 kg
  External Review » Dell Precision M4600

Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI, 18.40", 5.6 kg
  External Review » Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM)

Origin PC EON17-S: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M, 17.30", 3.9 kg
  External Review » Origin PC EON17-S

Alienware M18x: AMD Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire, 18.40", 5.6 kg
  External Review » Alienware M18x

Schenker XMG P501: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M, 15.60", 3.2 kg
  External Review » mySN XMG P501

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Klaus Hinum, 2010-11-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)