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Core i7-2820QM: Sandy Bridge Shines In Notebooks
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Test Hardware: Desktop Hardware


Processors
Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge) 3.4 GHz (34 * 100 MHz), LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Turbo Boost enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge) 3.3 GHz (33 * 100 MHz), LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i5-2400 (Sandy Bridge) 3.1 GHz (31 * 100 MHz), LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i3-2100 (Sandy Bridge) 3.1 GHz (34 * 100 MHz), LGA 1155, 3 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i5-655K (Clarkdale) 3.2 GHz (24 * 133 MHz), LGA 1156, 4 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Turbo Boost enabled, Power-savings enabled
Motherboard
Gigabyte P67A-UD7 (LGA 1155) Intel P67 Express, BIOS F6a

Gigabyte H67MA-UD2 (LGA 1155) Intel H67 Express, BIOS F6a

Gigabyte P55A-UD7 (LGA 1156) Intel P55 Express, BIOS F8b

Asus P7H57D-V EVO (LGA 1156) Intel H57 Express, BIOS 1606
Memory
Kingston 8 GB (4 x 2 GB) DDR3-2133, KHX2133C9AD3W1K2/4GX x 2 @ DDR3-1333, 7-7-7-20 and 1.65 V

Crucial 12 GB (3 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333, MT16JTF51264AZ-1G4D1 @ DDR3-1333, 7-7-7-20 and 1.65 V
Hard Drive
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240 GB PCI Express x4 (Main Test Bed)

Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160 GB SATA 3Gb/s (Graphics/Quick Sync Test Bed)
Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 5550 1GB

AMD Radeon HD 4550 512 MB
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP-1000 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX
DirectX 11
Graphics DriverIntel GFX_Vista64_Win7_64_8.15.10.2266_PV (For Sandy Bridge and Clarkdale)

AMD Catalyst 10.12 (For Radeon HD 6870 1 GB)


We are pulling the desktop numbers from our launch coverage for comparison (except for the PCMark Vantage benchmarks, because all of our non-gaming benchmarks) run from a RAM drive. Our initial benchmark results are still valid.

PCMark Vantage is the only benchmark that you can't run directly off the RAM drive, nor is the RevoDrive X2 compatible with mobile systems. As a result, we retested the Core i7-2500K in 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage with the Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC. For graphics, we have chosen to fall back to 3DMark Vantage, as the Intel HD Graphics 3000 is not DirectX 11-compatible and won't even fire up the app.

Test Hardware: Mobile Systems
Processors
AMD Turion II K625 (Dual-Core, 1.5 GHz)Intel Core i5-540M (Dual-Core, 2.53 GHz)Intel Core i7-2820QM (Quad-Core, 2.3 GHz)
Memory
4 GB DDR3-10664 GB DDR3-10664 GB DDR3-1333
Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 4225
Intel HD Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Notebook
Toshiba Satellite T235
Asus K52F
Unknown Clevo model
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160 GB SATA 3Gb/s
DirectX
DirectX 11
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bitWindows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Graphics Driver8.723.3.4000
8.15.10.22668.15.10.2266
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