Intel Core i7-720QM: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

Intel started Core i7-720QM sales 23 September 2009 at a recommended price of $546. This is a Clarksfield architecture notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 8 threads, and is based on 45 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 2800 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCPGA988,PGA988 processor with a TDP of 45 Watt. It supports DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 1.07% of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

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General info

Core i7-720QM processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking2257
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesIntel Core i7
Architecture codenameClarksfield (2009−2010)
Release date23 September 2009 (14 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$546of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$418 (0.8x MSRP)of 17802 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)

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 cores4 (Quad-Core)
Threads8
Base clock speed1.6 GHzof 4.7 (Ryzen 9 7900X)
Boost clock speed2.8 GHzof 6 (Core i9-13900KS)
Bus support2.5 GT/s
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)of 36864 (Apple M2 Max)
L3 cache6 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7773X)
Chip lithography45 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Die size296 mm2
Maximum core temperature100 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors774 millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 5 7645HX)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-720QM 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 (Xeon Platinum 8160M)
SocketFCPGA988,PGA988
Power consumption (TDP)45 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-720QM. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.2
AES-NI-
vPro+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology1.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
PAE36 Bit
StatusDiscontinued

Security technologies

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

TXT+
EDB+

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 i7-720QM's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3-1066, DDR3-1333of 5600 (Ryzen 9 7940H)
Maximum memory size8 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth21 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9654)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of a GPU integrated into Core i7-720QM.

Integrated graphics cardNone

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2of 5 (Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 9654)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-720QM. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Combined synthetic benchmark 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.

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 67%

i7-720QM 1656

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 40%

i7-720QM 329

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 40%

i7-720QM 893

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%

i7-720QM 2995

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: 19%

i7-720QM 8357

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%

i7-720QM 3100

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%

i7-720QM 3

Gaming performance

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-720QM performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.


AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i7-720QM is A10-4655M, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 2 positions in our ranking.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-720QM:

AMD A6-5200 100.93
Intel Core i7-720QM 100
AMD A8-7100 99.07

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended GPUs

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Core i7-720QM, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Core i7-720QM in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 1006 configurations based on Core i7-720QM in our database.

RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
0.8% (8/1006)
RTX 4070 Ti GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
0.1% (1/1006)
RTX 3080 Ti GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
0.1% (1/1006)
RTX 3070 Ti GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
0.2% (2/1006)
RTX 3070 GeForce RTX 3070
0.2% (2/1006)
RTX 4060 GeForce RTX 4060
0.1% (1/1006)
RTX 3060 GeForce RTX 3060
0.1% (1/1006)
GTX 1080 GeForce GTX 1080
0.1% (1/1006)
RX 5700 Radeon RX 5700
0.1% (1/1006)

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