CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3610QM vs 3517U


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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Higher clock speed 2.3 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 4 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Higher turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly better geekbench (64-bit) score 11,181 vs 4,977 Around 2.2x better geekbench (64-bit) score
Significantly better PassMark score 7,488 vs 3,800 More than 95% better PassMark score
Significantly better 3DMark06 CPU score 6,078 vs 3,430 More than 75% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better 3DMark11 physics score 5,550 vs 4,330 Around 30% better 3DMark11 physics score
Better performance per dollar 3.56 pt/$ vs 1.55 pt/$ More than 2.2x better performance per dollar
Slightly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,632 vs 1,490 Around 10% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.09 GHz vs 2.83 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.3 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Significantly lower typical power consumption 13.81W vs 36.56W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better performance per watt 31.59 pt/W vs 18.92 pt/W More than 65% better performance per watt
Slightly better turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year vs 10.84 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 3610QM vs 3517U

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

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3D Mark 06 (CPU)


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Passmark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i7 3610QM  vs
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 1.9 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
BGA 1023
Is unlocked No No
Is hyperthreaded Yes Yes


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes


Label Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Latest DirectX 10.x 10.x
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 1,150 MHz
3DMark06 5,344.5 5,344.5

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 12,800 MB/s


Core i7 3610QM  vs
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nms 22 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 23 19
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 105°C


Overclocked clock speed 3.09 GHz 2.83 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.3 GHz 1.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.09 GHz 2.83 GHz

power consumption

TDP 45W 17W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 4.1 $/year
Performance per watt 18.92 pt/W 31.59 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 13.81W


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