Intel Core i7-2630QM Sandy Bridge Processor
Intel Core i7-2630QM is a quad core processor at a clock frequency of 2 GHz. The processor comes under Sandy Bridge processor which has substantially improved architecture as compared to the earlier Arrandale architecture. The most important improvement is in the area of the Integrated Graphics. The Integrated Graphics as well as the main CPU are built with 32 nm technology in the newer Sandy Bridge architecture. The earlier Arrandale architecture has Memory controller and the graphics units built on a separate 45 nm die.
The Intel Core i7-2630QM does support turbo boosting and according to the specifications it can ramp up the frequency all way to 2.8 GHz. But it looks like the 2.8 GHz maximum turbo can be achieved only on one core.
The Core i7-2630QM has integrated memory controller, similar in action as the earlier Arrandale architecture. But, the integrated memory controller, is built in single die with 32 nm technology.
We have started seeing some notebooks appearing with the Intel Core i7-2630QM processor. The HP DV6-4002TU and HP DV6-4007TX are two of the notebooks powered by the Core i7-2630QM.
Systems requiring moderate graphics performance are the biggest gainers with the Intel Core i7-2630QM.
Intel Core i7-2630QM benchmarking results are not available at the time of writing. We Expect that these will become more available as processors starts rolling out.