Intel Core i7-2710QE vs AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE

Intel Core i7-2710QE
AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE

General info

Comparing Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core i7
 
4x AMD Phenom II
Achitecture codename
Sandy Bridge
 
Champlain
Release date
on January 2011
 
12 May 2010
Launch price (MSRP)
$378
 
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Technical specs

Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
4
 
4
Number of threads
8
 
4
Maximum frequency
3 GHz
 
2.3 GHz
Bus support
4 × 5 GT / s
 
3600 MHz
L1 cache
256 KB
 
256 KB
L2 cache
1 MB
 
2 MB
L3 cache
6 MB
 
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Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
45 nm
Die size
216 mm2
 
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Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
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Transistor count
1160 million
 
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64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1 (Uniprocessor)
 
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Socket
FCPGA988
 
S1
Power consumption (TDP)
45 Watt
 
45 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® AVX
 
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AES-NI
+
 
-
FMA
+
 
-
AVX
+
 
-
VirusProtect
-
 
+
vPro
+
 
n/d
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Flex Memory Access
+
 
n/d
Demand Based Switching
-
 
n/d
FDI
+
 
n/d
Fast Memory Access
+
 
n/d

Security technologies

Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
n/d
Identity Protection
+
 
-

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE are enumerated here.
VT-d
+
 
n/d
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
 
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Maximum memory size
16.6 GB
 
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Max memory channels
2
 
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Maximum memory bandwidth
23.84 GB / s
 
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Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE.
Integrated graphics
 
n/d
Quick Sync
+
 
-
Clear Video HD
+
 
n/d
Graphics max frequency
1.2 GHz
 
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InTru 3D
+
 
n/d

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
2
 
n/d
eDP
+
 
n/d
DisplayPort
+
 
-
HDMI
+
 
-
SDVO
+
 
n/d
CRT
+
 
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Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
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Max number of PCIe lanes
20
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-2710QE and Phenom II X4 X920 BE are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-2710QE

Finer manufacturing process technology (32 vs 45 nm)
MMX (MultiMedia Extensions - the very first (1996) SIMD instruction expansion for Intel desktop CPUs, works with 64-bit registers)
AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions - a set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)
TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)
FMA4
AES-NI save
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
IdentityProtectionTechVersion
QuickSyncVideo
DisplayPortMenu
HDMIMenu

Advantages of AMD Phenom II X4 X920 BE

1.2% faster in synthetic tests
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)
Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP)

So, Core i7-2710QE or Phenom II X4 X920 BE?

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