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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 66 vs 63.1 Around 5% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 226.21 fps vs 185.15 fps More than 20% better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Apr, 2012 Release date over 3 years later
Slightly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 11,926 vs 11,494 Around 5% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i7 3720QM

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Much higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 350 MHz More than 85% higher GPU clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 1.41 pt/$ vs 0.62 pt/$ More than 2.2x better performance per dollar
Significantly better turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 20% better turbo clock speed
Much better performance per watt 11.87 pt/W vs 5.19 pt/W More than 2.2x better performance per watt
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 6700HQ vs 3720QM

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700HQ
27.32 mHash/s
Core i7 3720QM
12.82 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 6700HQ
21.48 mPixels/s
Core i7 3720QM
8.84 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700HQ
1.48 fps

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 6700HQ
4,040 MB/s
Core i7 3720QM
2,410,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 6700HQ  vs
3720QM 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No 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 45W 45W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 10.84 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 39.42 $/year
Performance per watt 5.19 pt/W 11.87 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 36.56W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i7 6700HQ  vs
3720QM 
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 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 3.51 GHz 3.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.51 GHz 3.47 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,250 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3L-1333
DDR3RS-1600
DDR3RS-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 32,768 MB
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