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Intel's Core i7-2630QM Sandy Bridge Spotted

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 52 comments

The next generation is here.

It's almost CES time, which means that Intel is nearly ready to unleash the next generation of Core processors, codenamed Sandy Bridge.

Before things even kick off in Las Vegas, however, it seems that the Sandy Bridge products are already on the Asian markets. The latest sighting comes from Singapore, where HP is selling a dv6 laptop loaded with quad-core Core i7-2630QM.

The Core i7-2630QM carries a regular clock speed of 2 GHz, but Intel's beefed up Turbo Boost will bring that up to 2.8 GHz.

Here is a picture from the laptop courtesy of VR-Zone. Expect to see more Sandy Bridge-based laptops than you can keep track of next week.

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    dogman_1234 , December 27, 2010 6:28 PM
    Dang it Intel...Why does Asia have it beofre US? We engineered it, shouldn't we have it first hand?
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    shin0bi272 , December 27, 2010 6:34 PM
    dogman_1234Dang it Intel...Why does Asia have it beofre US? We engineered it, shouldn't we have it first hand?


    cause of the US companies offshoring work to 3rd world countries to save money. Dont like that vote for people who will cut the capital gains and corporate taxes. That's ALWAYS stimulated growth in the economy because it makes doing business here CHEAPER.
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    dogman_1234 , December 27, 2010 6:37 PM
    I understand the outsourcing, and couldn't really vote for the idiot polititians at all. They are all crazy.

    Anyways. The Intel team in Hillsboro Oregon, should be the ones to have it first hand. They should be able to sample their work.
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    edilee , December 27, 2010 6:50 PM
    2.0 ghz? Really? Lame. Hope they have better models in store for us.
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    znegval , December 27, 2010 6:59 PM
    edilee2.0 ghz? Really? Lame. Hope they have better models in store for us.


    Yeah, because if the latest years showed us something it's that clock speed is the most important thing of all.
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    alienzander76 , December 27, 2010 7:03 PM
    Yay, even newer chips that cost a small fortune and don't increase performance substantially over 3 year old chipsets. Maybe it's got some useless feature that sounds cool like HD stream decoding improvements.. Yawn.. :-/
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    snoogins , December 27, 2010 7:04 PM
    Didn't clock speed have one of the biggest effects on plenty of games?
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    maloney , December 27, 2010 7:07 PM
    dogman_1234The Intel team in Hillsboro Oregon, should be the ones to have it first hand. They should be able to sample their work.

    I'm sure that they do sample first, especially in beta testing. But as we all know, the employee who voluntarily/involuntarily leaks info about something they have doesn't last long at the company.

    znegvalYeah, because if the latest years showed us something it's that clock speed is the most important thing of all.

    Not to mention that many end users don't require the same enthusiast speeds and prices as edilee seems to. Let's all spend $500 on a processor to pull up google's search browser each day.
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    tommysch , December 27, 2010 7:11 PM
    shin0bi272cause of the US companies offshoring work to 3rd world countries to save money. Dont like that vote for people who will cut the capital gains and corporate taxes. That's ALWAYS stimulated growth in the economy because it makes doing business here CHEAPER.


    They use the tax cuts to buy new plants in the 3rd world... You need to tax imports. We will have a war with China in the next few decades, I would rather have an economical one...
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    killerclick , December 27, 2010 7:18 PM
    TommySchThey use the tax cuts to buy new plants in the 3rd world... You need to tax imports. We will have a war with China in the next few decades, I would rather have an economical one...


    In that case they'll completely relocate outside the US rather than just outsource. And if you tax cheap imports from China, get ready to pay double the amount for just about anything.
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    Haserath , December 27, 2010 7:19 PM
    edilee2.0 ghz? Really? Lame. Hope they have better models in store for us.

    If that processor beats a 4Ghz core i7 out now, I wouldn't mind a 2Ghz clock speed.

    Processors need to lower their power consumption for laptops. Most people don't use the speed, and, personally, I would like a laptop to last about 24hrs without being plugged in.
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    stingstang , December 27, 2010 7:33 PM
    HaserathIf that processor beats a 4Ghz core i7 out now, I wouldn't mind a 2Ghz clock speed.Processors need to lower their power consumption for laptops. Most people don't use the speed, and, personally, I would like a laptop to last about 24hrs without being plugged in.

    It won't, though. Intel hasn't had enough time since the i7 launch to develop new architecture combined with a gpu to beat a single-job processor. This thing's doing 2 jobs in one, and while the power savings, and efficiency will improve drastically, it will be another few years until it surpasses the current system.
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    lradunovic77 , December 27, 2010 7:35 PM
    That processor won't be even close to i7 i920 running at 3.0Ghz let's say...just you know.
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    lradunovic77 , December 27, 2010 7:36 PM
    Turbo technology is joke, it overclocks only one core -> pretty useless.
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    geekapproved , December 27, 2010 7:45 PM
    Wow, 2ghz, that's amazing.
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    touchdowntexas13 , December 27, 2010 7:54 PM
    lradunovic77Turbo technology is joke, it overclocks only one core -> pretty useless.


    I thought turbo technology had settings for overclocking multiple cores? It's just not clocked as high. For instance when three cores are active they are bumped down one multiplier below what the clocks read when two cores are active. Does that sound about right?
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    segio526 , December 27, 2010 8:02 PM
    dogman_1234Dang it Intel...Why does Asia have it beofre US? We engineered it, shouldn't we have it first hand?

    They make it available to everyone at the same time, the Chinese are just fist to get a product using it to market.
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    cadder , December 27, 2010 8:03 PM
    Quote:
    If that processor beats a 4Ghz core i7 out now, I wouldn't mind a 2Ghz clock speed.


    In the tests I've done to compare a core 2 quad with an i5-750 at equal clock speeds, the i5 showed a 15% improvement in power. If they gain another 15% from the i5's to the sandinyourtoes processor then they should have much higher clock speeds. Well if they can turbo boost from 2.0 to 2.8 then that's a good start. They need some chips that will turbo boost from 2.8 to about 3.8 for power users.

    I've owned a lot of computers, including 3 laptops, and the only one that wasn't fast enough is the new overclocked quad core I have at home, so I'll take all the cpu power they can give me.
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    nukemaster , December 27, 2010 8:25 PM
    lradunovic77Turbo technology is joke, it overclocks only one core -> pretty useless.

    touchdowntexas13I thought turbo technology had settings for overclocking multiple cores? It's just not clocked as high. For instance when three cores are active they are bumped down one multiplier below what the clocks read when two cores are active. Does that sound about right?

    Yup.

    For instance.

    i5 750
    1.2 Idle
    2.66 stock
    2.8 with ALL cores loaded as long as power and temperature are in check.
    2.8 with 3 cores loaded
    3.0 with 2 cores loaded
    3.2 with one core loaded

    Of course other apps can take an extra core and have a single core app get only 3.0, but its a FREE boost and you can disable it and just overclock the old fashioned way still or even use both to some extent(FSB + turbo multiplier).

    So much for only one core being overclocked huh?
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    Bolbi , December 27, 2010 8:37 PM
    Anyone else notice that the GPU listed in the device manager screenshot is an "ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6570"? That's weird for two reasons:
    1) I didn't know that card was available in any laptops yet.
    2) I thought that the brand name was being changed from ATI to AMD starting with the 6xxx series.
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