Intel Core i7-2630qm vs Core i7-740QM
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The Core i7-2630qm and Core i7-740QM makes an interesting comparison as they are being seen in a large number of notebooks launched today. Here are few points that will elaborate the similarity and the differences
1. Both the Core i7-2630qm and the Core i7-740QM are quad core processor.
2. While the Core i7-2630qm belongs to the newer 32nm Sandy Bridge Architecture, the Core i7-740QM belongs to the 45 nm Clarksfield architecture.
3.Core i7-2630qm has a clock frequency of 2 GHz while the Core i7-740QM is clocked at 1.73 GHz.
4. Both the Core i7-2630qm and the Core i7-740QM come with 6 MB of L3 Cache.
5. Core i7-2630qm has a turbo frequency of 2.9 GHz while the Core i7-740QM has turbo freq of 2.93 GHz.
So it may be imperative to conclude that the Core i7-2630qm is substantially faster than the Core i7-740QM and if you have a choice the Core i7-2630qm, based notebook is good even if it is $150 or so more than the core i7-740QM. The Sandy Bridge processors are about 10 to 15% faster than the similarly clocked Clarksdale processor.
Another processor that is good to compare clock by clock frequency is the core i7-920XM – a 2 GHz quad core processor. With slight improvement in the architecture we can expect that the Core i7-2630qm processor performance is on par or better than the Core i7-920XM Quad Core processor.
The more noticeable improvement, or rather difference is in the integrated graphics section ( it is called Intel HD Graphics 3000). The Sandy Bridge graphics has been found to have 100 to 125% improved performance as compared to the Intel HD graphics. The core i7-740qm does not has integrated graphics.
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