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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 2960XM

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Intel Core i7 2960XM

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Front view of Intel Core i7 2860QM

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 2860QM vs the 2960XM Extreme Edition.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 2960XM vs 2860QM

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 2960XM
2,340 MB/s
Core i7 2860QM
2,340,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 2960XM  vs
2860QM 
Clock speed 2.7 GHz 2.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
BGA 1224
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 55W 45W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 10.84 $/year
Performance per watt 3.59 pt/W 19.7 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 36.56W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i7 2960XM  vs
2860QM 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 27 25
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.13 GHz 3.12 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.7 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.13 GHz 3.12 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,300 MHz 1,300 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
Intel Core i7 2960XM
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Comments

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I have a Dell Latitude E6420. Stock with an i5 2520m, 35watt, and am limited to only Sandy Bridge Processors. I would go with the intel 2960xm, and I can run it, but watts are too high, so runs too hot at 55watts vs 45 watts with the 2860qm. The only major difference is the 2960xm is "unlocked" for overclocking, but runs too hot standard anyways. :(
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