CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3610QM vs 3517U among laptop CPUs (over 15W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 3517U 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 3517U  based on its performance and power consumption.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 3610QM

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 3610QM

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Much better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score 11,098 vs 4,828 More than 2.2x better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score
Significantly 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
Higher turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 10,051 vs 4,528 Around 2.2x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Higher clock speed 2.3 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better cloud gate score 5,592 vs 2,608 Around 2.2x better cloud gate score
Much higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 350 MHz More than 85% higher GPU clock speed
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 10,606 vs 5,028 More than 2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score 1.22 fps vs 0.63 fps Around 95% better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score
Better geekbench 3 single core score 2,717 vs 2,411 Around 15% better geekbench 3 single core score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.07 GHz vs 2.77 GHz More than 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)
Front view of Intel Core i7 3517U

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Much lower typical power consumption 13.81W vs 36.56W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,430 vs 49 70x better 3DMark06 CPU score
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year vs 10.84 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Better performance per watt 25.4 pt/W vs 11.9 pt/W Around 2.2x better performance per watt
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Apr, 2012 Release date 1 months later

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

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 3610QM
11.21 mHash/s
Core i7 3517U
10.49 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 3610QM
1.22 fps
Core i7 3517U
0.63 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

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 3610QM
2,200,000 MB/s
Core i7 3517U
1,980,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 3610QM  vs
3517U 
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

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
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 45W 17W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 4.1 $/year
Performance per watt 11.9 pt/W 25.4 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 13.81W

bus

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

details

Core i7 3610QM  vs
3517U 
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 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 23 19
Operating temperature Unknown - 105°C Unknown - 105°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.07 GHz 2.77 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.3 GHz 1.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.07 GHz 2.77 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
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
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 12,800 MB/s
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