Intel Core i7-2920XM vs Core i7-2720QM

Intel Core i7-2920XM
Intel Core i7-2720QM

General info

Comparing Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.55
 
11.64
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core i7
 
Intel Core i7
Architecture codename
Sandy Bridge
 
Sandy Bridge
Release date
3 January 2011
 
3 January 2011
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,096
 
$378
Price now
$609
 
$190

Technical specs

Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
4
 
4
Number of threads
8
 
8
Base frequency
2.5 GHz
 
2.2 GHz
Maximum frequency
3.5 GHz
 
3.3 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
64K (per core)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
256K (per core)
L3 cache
8 MB (shared)
 
6 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
32 nm
Die size
216 mm2
 
216 mm2
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
100 °C
Transistor count
1,160 million
 
1,160 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
-

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM 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
 
1
Socket
FCPGA988
 
FCPGA988, FCBGA1224
Power consumption (TDP)
55 Watt
 
45 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® AVX
 
Intel® AVX
AES-NI
+
 
+
FMA
-
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
My WiFi
+
 
+
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading
+
 
+
Idle States
+
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
+
Flex Memory Access
+
 
+
Demand Based Switching
-
 
-
FDI
+
 
+
Fast Memory Access
+
 
+

Security technologies

Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
+
EDB
+
 
+
Identity Protection
+
 
+
Anti-Theft
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM are enumerated here.
AMD-V
+
 
+
VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
 
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
32 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
 
25.6 GB/s

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM.
Quick Sync
+
 
+
Clear Video HD
+
 
+
Graphics max frequency
1.3 GHz
 
1.3 GHz
InTru 3D
+
 
+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
2
 
2
eDP
+
 
+
DisplayPort
+
 
+
HDMI
+
 
+
SDVO
+
 
+
CRT
+
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM.
PCIe revision
2.0
 
2.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
16

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i7-2920XM 5.16
i7-2720QM 5.27 +2.1%

3DMark06 CPU

i7-2920XM 6131 +9.2%
i7-2720QM 5616

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

i7-2920XM 4379 +5.1%
i7-2720QM 4167

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

i7-2920XM 17188 +15.7%
i7-2720QM 14852

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

i7-2920XM 6 +13.2%
i7-2720QM 5

wPrime 32

i7-2920XM 8 +55.5%
i7-2720QM 13

Passmark

i7-2920XM 4195
i7-2720QM 4282 +2.1%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
 
3.9 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-2920XM and Core i7-2720QM are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-2920XM

Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
Unlocked

Advantages of Intel Core i7-2720QM

2.1% faster in synthetic tests
Cheaper ($378 vs $1096)
Less power hungry (45 vs 55 watts)
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)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)
FMA4

So, Core i7-2920XM or Core i7-2720QM?

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