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Mobile Gaming: Can Core i7-2920XM Beat Desktop Core i7-980X?
Test System Configuration
New Mobile CPUIntel Core i7-2920XM: Four Cores, Hyper-Threading, 2.5-3.5 GHz
8 MB L3 Cache, FCPGA988
Legacy Mobile CPUIntel Core i7-940XM: Four Cores, Hyper-Threading, 2.13-3.33 GHz
8 MB L3 Cache, PGA988
Desktop CPUIntel Core i7-980X: Six Cores, Hyper-Threading, 3.33-3.60 GHz
12 MB L3 Cache, LGA 1366
RAMDDR3-1333 CAS 9-9-9-24 Multi-Channel 4 GB DIMMs
12 GB Triple Channel (-980X), 8 GB Dual Channel (-940XM, -2920XM)
GeForce GTX 480MNvidia GeForce GTX 480M 2 GB
425 MHz GPU Core, GDDR5-2400
Mobile Driver Version 257.07
GeForce GTX 470MNvidia GeForce GTX 470M 1.5 GB
535 MHz GPU Core, GDDR5-3000
Mobile Driver Version 266.35
Radeon HD 6970MAMD Radeon HD 6970M 2 GB
680 MHz GPU Core, GDDR5-3600
Mobile Driver Version 8.810.0
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
ChipsetIntel INF

Going beyond the basic desktop-to-notebook CPU comparison, we wanted to see how much better (if at all) the new mobile part is compared to its predecessor. That’s not easy to do, since we no longer have a Core i7-940XM to compare. Instead, the Core i7-940XM with GeForce GTX 480M graphics gets compared to a Core i7-980X with the same GPU, while a Core i7-980X with Radeon HD 6970M graphics gets compared to a Core i7-2920XM armed with the same GPU. Phew!

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS)
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Very High Quality, 4x AA
DiRT 2Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml
Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 4x AA
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of PripyatCall Of Pripyat Benchmark version
Test Set 1: High Preset, DX11 EFDL, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, DX11 EFDL, 4x MSAA
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion: x64
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
HandBrake 0.9.4Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai (1 GB) to .mp4, High Profile
TMPGEnc 4.0 XPressVersion:
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX Codec 6.9.1Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
Xvid 1.2.2Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Adobe Photoshop CS4Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
WinRAR 3.90Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
7-ZipVersion 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra, Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32 KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8
Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.0.2, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2011Version 2011.1.17.25, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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