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Front view of Intel Core i7 3630QM

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 3630QM

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 52.81W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.16 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Newer Sep, 2012 vs Apr, 2010 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
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Phenom II XLT Q54L

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AMD Phenom II XLT Q54L

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Core i7 3630QM  vs Phenom II XLT Q54L 

clock speed

L2 cache

L3 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

overclocked clock speed (water)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 3630QM  vs
Phenom II XLT Q54L 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
AM3

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i7 3630QM  vs
Phenom II XLT Q54L 
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.16 GHz 2.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 2.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.16 GHz 2.2 GHz

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
Typical power consumption 36.56W 52.81W
Intel Core i7 3630QM
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AMD Phenom II XLT Q54L
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