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Front view of Intel Core i7 5850EQ

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Higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 274.23 fps vs 148.15 fps More than 85% better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Higher turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly better performance per dollar 0.71 pt/$ vs 0.39 pt/$ Around 85% better performance per dollar
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.7 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Apr, 2015 vs Apr, 2012 Release date over 2 years later
Better performance per watt 6.56 pt/W vs 4.58 pt/W Around 45% better performance per watt
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.7 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i7 3612QE

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Much higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 300 MHz Around 2.2x higher GPU clock speed
Lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 38.19W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 11.32 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 41.17 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 5850EQ vs 3612QE

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 5850EQ
16.69 mPixels/s
Core i7 3612QE
7.39 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5850EQ
274.23 fps
Core i7 3612QE
148.15 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5850EQ
1.54 fps
Core i7 3612QE
0.84 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5850EQ
20.65 fps
Core i7 3612QE
6.38 fps

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5850EQ  vs
3612QE 
Clock speed 2.7 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz 3.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No 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
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 47W 35W
Annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 6.56 pt/W 4.58 pt/W
Typical power consumption 38.19W 28.44W

bus

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

details

Core i7 5850EQ  vs
3612QE 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L3 cache 6 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.7 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.7 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.7 GHz 2.1 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 6200 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 300 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz 1,000 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 16,496.64 MB
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