We've already seen Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture offer compelling performance gains on the desktop. But can the fastest second-gen Core i7 beat Intel's 130 W desktop-oriented six-core Core i7-980X in games? We set up a couple systems to find out.
The desktop Core i7-980X beats the mobile i7-2920XM by nearly 40% in Photoshop, while the -2920XM outpaces the -940XM by a similar amount. The desktop-processor’s extra cores play a big role here, but no reason could possibly be adequate for the i7-940XM’s big loss.
The 3ds Max benchmark being used here doesn’t appear to fully benefit from the Core i7-980X’s extra cores, but we're already using a newer version in our launch stories, and that one will appear more widely from now on.
WinRAR plays a little nicer with the Core i7-940XM, but the chart still places the i7-2920XM in the middle.
Is it time to recycle last-year’s high-end notebooks? The Core i7-2920XM quad-core continues its strong showing, placing marginally behind the six-core i7-980X.
- So, You Thought Notebooks Were Weak?
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra CPU
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Power And Efficiency