The Intel core i7-2710QE belongs to the Sandy Bridge processors and is clocked at 2.1 GHz. If you have followed the Sandy Bridge architecture, you will know that, the best performance improved has been in the area of the Integrated graphics controller. The graphics controller works at comes with Integrated memory controller works nominally ar 650 MHz and does support turbo function similar to the main processor. The turbo frequency of the graphics unit can rise upto 1.2 GHz. Here are the major characteristics of the Intel core i7-2710QE.
Number of cores = 4
Nominal Clock frequency – 2.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency – 3.0 GHz
L3 Cache – 6 MB
Graphics Nominal Frequency 650 MHz
Graphics Turbo Frequency – 1.2 GHz.
Notice that the turbo frequency of the CPU and the GPU depends upon the TDP rating of the processor which stands at 45 Watts. If there is more demand in the processor unit and no demand in the graphics unit, only the CPU will go in the turbo mode. If you are playing a high end game requiring more demand in the graphics processing power, the graphics turbo will come into action, while the CPU will stay in the non turbo mode.
Another impotant feature is the new Turbo technology, which promises to bring further improvement in the turbo performance. Intel observed that the Neehalem processor were still cool with the turbo, so the extended the time period for which the processor could run on turbo.
You will find the integrated graphics performance really something to take serious note. The Intel’s HD Graphics 3000, the name given to the graphics integrated in this Sandy Bridge processor is of the order of 125% faster than the previous generation integrated grahics in the Nehalem based mobile processors.
The CPU as well as the GPU is has for the first time been integrated in a single die built at 32 nm, unlike the previous generation architechture, in which the CPU was built with 32 nm while the GPU and the integrated memory controller was built with 45 nm technology. In the long run, we expect that the production cost for Intel should go down and we can expect better performance per dollar spent. Since the systems built with Sandy Bridge processor “may not” need an external discrete graphics component we can expect reduced cost system while keeping the performance moderately good with the Intel core i7-2710QE processor.
Another area to be noted is the improvement in the DDR frequency with the Intel core i7-2710QE. The new max configuration supported is DDR3-1600 in addition to DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333