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Intel Core i7 2630QM

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Intel Core i7 2630QM

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per watt 13.97 pt/W vs 1.18 pt/W More than 11.8x better performance per watt
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 0.5 MB 12x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 6x more l3 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 72 °C Around 40% higher Maximum operating temperature
Lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 52.81W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Better PassMark score 5,546 vs 1,304 More than 4.2x better PassMark score
More threads 8 vs 2 6 more threads
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,315 vs 895 More than 45% better PassMark (Single core) score
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Aug, 2008 Release date over 2 years later
Lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Significantly higher clock speed 2.9 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.9 GHz vs 2.64 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2630QM vs Athlon X2 5600B

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2630QM  vs
Athlon X2 5600B 
Clock speed 2 GHz 2.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
AM2+
AM2
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 45W 65W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 13.97 pt/W 1.18 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 52.81W

details

Core i7 2630QM  vs
Athlon X2 5600B 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 72°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.64 GHz 2.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2 GHz 2.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.64 GHz 2.9 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label HD Graphics 3000 N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz N/A
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