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Intel Core i7 920XM

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 920XM

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Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 77.19W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 7,749 vs 5,244 Around 50% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Slightly more l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Better geekbench 3 single core score 2,195 vs 1,571 Around 40% better geekbench 3 single core score
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better performance per watt 3.33 pt/W vs 1.55 pt/W Around 2.2x better performance per watt
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 40% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 40% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Significantly higher clock speed 2.9 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
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
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.69 GHz vs 3.44 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.9 GHz vs 2 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Aug, 2010 vs Sep, 2009 Release date 10 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 920XM vs Phenom II X4 840T

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 920XM
148,800 MB/s
Phenom II X4 840T
120,800 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 920XM  vs
Phenom II X4 840T 
Clock speed 2 GHz 2.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core

features

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

details

Core i7 920XM  vs
Phenom II X4 840T 
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.44 GHz 3.69 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2 GHz 2.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.44 GHz 3.69 GHz

power consumption

TDP 55W 95W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 3.33 pt/W 1.55 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 77.19W
Intel Core i7 920XM
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