Intel Core i7-2677M processor
Intel Core i7-2677M is latest processor and comes under the Sandy Bridge chips category that belongs to the ULV processor series. This is a powerful and efficient Ultra Low Voltage processor exclusively designed for light and thin laptops. This processor is very well enabled with Turbo Boost technology 2.0 in it for over clocking its base frequency from 1.7 GHz to 2.8 GHz successfully. It will be at 2.5GHz frequency, when both cores of the processor are loaded. This over clocking facility for the processor is mainly dependent on the power consumption and cooling conditions of the laptop. There is another special feature in it as Hyper-Threading, which will enable to handle 4 threads in parallel for the processor.
Actually, this Sandy Bridge is the successor for the famous Arrandale architecture. The major improvement with its predecessor is its Turbo Boost 2.0 technology and graphics card integration within 32nm CPU Core. This processor announced on 27th June, 2011.
IT has one integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 in it, which can clock at 350 or 1200 MHz through turbo Boost. It is an acceptable fact that this graphics facility got lower clock rate without Turbo Boost technology.
The performance of the Intel i7-2677M processor is comparatively higher than the similarly clocked Arrandale architecture based core i5. Turbo Boost 2.0 is the major reason behind this improvement. If there is no Turbo Boost 2.0 technology with this processor, than it will be as same as Core i3-2330M processor. However, this Turbo Boost 2.0 performance and support can be accountable basing on the laptop cooling conditions. The effective Turbo Boost 2.0 performance demands relative cooling measures for the laptop.
The Intel Core i7-2677M processor equipped with 128KB L1 Cache and 512KB L2 cache in each core. Its Thermal Power design is 17 Watt. This processor manufactured in 32nm technology. Its major features are Turbo Boost 2.0, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization VT-x, Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d), Trusted Execution, AES, Intel 64, My Wi-Fi, Idle States, and enhanced SpeedStep, Thermal monitorin, Execute Disable Bit and 64 Bit support.