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Published on April 23rd, 2012 | by Mike

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Intel Core i7-3610 QM benchmarks – plus comparison with Intel Core i7-2630QM

I got to play with the Asus K55VM these days and the review is going to be posted on the site very soon.

Till then, since the NDA has now expired, I’m going to show you some benchmarks for the Intel Core i7-3610QM processor and I’m going to compare them with what I got on the Asus K53SV I tested last year, with an Intel Core i7-2630QM .

In both cases we also have Nvidia dedicated graphics on board, with the 630M chip for the new K55 and the 540M chip for the older K53, but if you’ll put the two one next to the other, you’ll notice that they are not that different in the end.

So, I’ve ran a couple of synthetic tests, plus tried a bunch of programs, games and types of multimedia content on these devices. Both were fast, but the 2012 Asus K55 is quite a major step forward over last year’s model, as in fact the Ivy Bridge line seem to offer significant performance improvements.

First though, let’s have a quick look at the two platforms compared:

Intel Core i7-3610QM Intel Core i7-2630QM
Architecture Ivy Bridge Sandy Bridge
Lithography 22nm 32nm
Frequency 2.3 GHz 2.0 GHz
Turbo 3.3 GHz 2.9 GHz
Cores 4 (8 Threads) 4 (8 Threads)
Cache 6 MB 6 MB
TDP 45Wh 45Wh
Graphics (as tested) Intel 4000 HD (Nvidia 630M) Intel 3000 HD (Nvidia 540M)

And now, here are those results I was talking about, for the Intel Core i7-3610QM powered K55 (plus Nvidia GeForce 630M graphics, 6 GB RAM and 750 GB 5400 rpm HDD), in the pictures below:

So we get two very similar CPUs, but the new Ivy Bridge Line is built on the 22 nm Lithography and as a result, can run at a higher frequency, while eating basically the same amount of energy.

As for the comparison with last year’s Core i7-2630QM Sandy Bridge processor, here are the scores below:

Quad Core i7 Sandy Bridge vs Ivy Bridge

Quad Core i7 Sandy Bridge vs Ivy Bridge

So, we’re seeing 20-25% better scores for the 2012 K55 over the 2011 K53 and that’s a massive year-over-year improvement.

Still, these are just synthetic tests and what’s more important is how the two platforms perform during daily use. I’d say both are fast enough, with the new one on the K55 slightly better for games. However, the K55 runs cooler than the older K53, thus will be more comfortable to use. Plus it tends to run for a bit longer, which means that the new platform is slightly more efficient; the gap is small though.

All in all, Intel seems to have done a great job with their Ivy Bridge processors, at least when comparing top options like these two quad-core Core i7 CPUs. Seeing these results just leave me wondering about AMD and their future, cause while this year’s Intel line might be top-notch, the lack of real competition is never a good news.

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