Intel Core i7-720QM: specs and benchmarks

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Intel Core i7-720QM
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Year of release 2009
Performance 1.65

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-720QM sales 23 September 2009 at a recommended price of $546. This is 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 PGA988 processor with a TDP of 45 Watt. It supports DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at

1.65%

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

General info

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

Place in performance rating2090
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesIntel Core i7
Architecture codenameClarksfield (2009−2010)
Release date23 September 2009 (13 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$546of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$418 (0.8x MSRP)of 18494 (Xeon Platinum 8280M)

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 5.8 (Core i9-13900KF)
Bus support2500 MHz
L1 cache256 KBof 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache1 MBof 12 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache6 MBof 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography45 nmof 5 (Ryzen 9 7950X)
Die size296 mm2
Maximum core temperature100 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors774 Millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 9 7950X)
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)
SocketPGA988
Thermal design power (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)+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology1.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
PAE36 Bit

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 5200 (Ryzen 9 7950X)
Maximum memory size8 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth21 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2of 5 (Ryzen 9 7950X)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 7401)

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.


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.

i7-720QM 1.65
  • Passmark
  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
  • 3DMark06 CPU
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

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: 69%

i7-720QM 1665

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: 38%

i7-720QM 354

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: 38%

i7-720QM 1133

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: 20%

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

Game benchmarks

Relative perfomance

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


AMD A6-6310 100.61
AMD A4-7210 100.61
Intel Core i7-720QM 100
AMD A6-5200 99.39

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-720QM from AMD is A6-6310, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

AMD A6-6310 A6 6310
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Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-720QM:

AMD A4-7210 100.61
AMD A6-6310 100.61
Intel Core i7-720QM 100
AMD A6-5200 99.39
AMD A8-4500M 98.79

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