Intel Core i7-2657M: specs and benchmarks

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Intel Core i7-2657M
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Year of release 2011
Performance 8.41

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-2657M sales 3 January 2011 at a recommended price of $317. This is Sandy Bridge architecture notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 2 cores and 4 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 2700 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCBGA1023 processor with a TDP of 17 Watt. It supports DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at

8.41%

of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7H12.

General info

Core i7-2657M processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating817
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesIntel Core i7
Architecture codenameSandy Bridge (2011−2013)
Release date3 January 2011 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$317of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$618 (1.9x MSRP)of 18995 (Xeon Platinum 8280L)

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores2 (Dual-core)
Threads4
Base clock speed1.6 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed2.7 GHzof 5.8 (Core i9-13900K)
Bus support4 × 5 GT/s
L1 cache128 KBof 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache512 KBof 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache4 MBof 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography32 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Die size149 mm2
Maximum core temperature100 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors624 Millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 9 7950X)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-2657M compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketFCBGA1023
Thermal design power (TDP)17 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-2657M. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® AVX
AES-NI+
FMA+
AVX+
vPro+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
My WiFi+
Turbo Boost Technology+
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Flex Memory Access+
Demand Based Switching-
FDI+
Fast Memory Access+

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+
EDB+
Identity Protection+
Anti-Theft+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-d+
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-2657M's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3-1066, DDR3-1333of 5200 (Ryzen 5 7600X)
Maximum memory size8.01 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth21.3 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i7-2657M.

Integrated graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 3000
Quick Sync Video+
Clear Video HD+
Graphics max frequency1 GHz
InTru 3D+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-2657M's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported2
eDP+
DisplayPort+
HDMI+
SDVO+
CRT+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2.0of 5 (Core i9-12900K)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-2657M. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-2657M 8.41
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
  • 3DMark06 CPU
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

i7-2657M 3491

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

i7-2657M 6229

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

i7-2657M 2546

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

i7-2657M 2

Game benchmarks

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-2657M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-2657M by AMD is Turion 64 X2 TL-60, which is slower by 1% and lower by 11 positions in our rating.

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