7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2011 1:50 PM by Valentin_N RSS

    Compare i7-2960XM and i7-2860QM non-overclocked performance?

    MIDIPanic

      I am a novice trying to decide if the extra $700.00 for an “Extreme” mobile CPU – like the i7-2960XM compared to the i7-2860QM - will provide noticeable performance improvements (10-20%) in an off-the-shelf, non-overclocked laptop such as a Dell M6600 mobile workstation? As I understand it, the maximum thermal design power (TDP) of the 2960XM (55W) versus the 2860QM (45W) should allow the extreme processor to operate in turbo mode for longer periods without excessive heat causing the CPU to throttle back. True/False? And I assume that the higher clock multiplier (bus/core ratio; 27 for the 2960XM versus 25 for the 2860QM) will also add to performance even without overclocking the extreme chip, yes?

       

      I have no interest in overclocking the laptop. Therefore, if the advantages of the “Extreme” CPU are only realized through overclocking, should I save my money and just purchase a standard CPU with the same (but locked) clock speed?

        • 1. Re: Compare i7-2960XM and i7-2860QM non-overclocked performance?
          Adolfo_Intel

          For regular usage, like word processing, spreadsheet, Internet surfing, you will not notice the difference.

          For heavy work like 3D graphics design, or 3D gamming, you might notice the difference, but that will depend on your personal needs, I would suggest contacting any Authorized Intel® Distributor so they can provide you further recommendations about what processor to buy.

           

          You can find a list of Authorized Intel® Distributors at:

          http://www.intel.com/cd/channel/reseller/asmo-na/eng/227304.htm

           

          If you are located outside of North America please check this link:

          http://premierlocator.intel.com/Default.aspx

          • 2. Re: Compare i7-2960XM and i7-2860QM non-overclocked performance?
            MIDIPanic

            Thanks for the quick reply. Very helpful. Yes, I will contact an Authorized Intel® Distributor to ask my questions. Hopefully they can explain how the higher TDP and bus/core ratio might help in my non-overclocked situation. I run numerous pro-audio effects in my digital audio workstation (reverb, delay, amplifier simulators, etc.) that place huge demands on CPU. Currently, my older Core 2 Duo has become woefully inadequate and I can only run a few effects before I have to break my projects down into multiple stages to prevent audio artifacts from CPU overloads. Even a modest improvement between the i7-2960XM and the i7-2860QM could be extremely valuable.

            • 3. Re: Compare i7-2960XM and i7-2860QM non-overclocked performance?
              omerosatrade

              Hi,

              thank you for your information, the best answer i found so far. currently i am in dilemma between i7-2960XM and i7-2860QM. i am thinking to buy new laptop, lenovo w520.

              my applications will be normal, such as office applications including CRM and managment applications. there is no 3D design/programs involved in my case. i believe i7-2860QM is very sufficient but the i7-2960XM (55W), i7-2860QM (45W), this worries me. which processor will be the most consistent, harmonious with w520 system for the long run? if you can please guide me on this, i will really apprecaite it. thank you.

              • 4. Re: Compare i7-2960XM and i7-2860QM non-overclocked performance?
                Adolfo_Intel

                The main difference I see on both processors is only the TDP 45 – 55, in this case this means that the processor with 45 watts will consume less power from the laptop battery allowing the battery to last for a little longer, but regarding performance itself, it will not make much of a difference.

                I would suggest checking this link:

                http://ark.intel.com/compare/53476,53478

                • 5. Re: Compare i7-2960XM and i7-2860QM non-overclocked performance?
                  omerosatrade

                  Hi Adolfo,

                  thanks for your reply. I am thinking to go i7-2860qm. more clearly my question is:

                  we are planning to purchase 3 pieces lenovo w520 for heavy business usage applications for long run about 4 years or more.

                  the applications would be advanced Microsoft applications such as Outlook with Business contact manager, speadsheets, etc. and some CRM applications.

                  the most important cost will be the difference between i7-2860QM (45W) and i7-2960XM (55W). we believe for our applications i7-2860QM will be sufficient. however we have concern the consistancy between the mainboard and these CPUs.

                  in short, could you help us to choose between i7-2860QM and i7-2960XM, which would be our best choice to go with? i mean any problem we can face with i7-2860qm, any malfunction ? what do you think?

                  • 6. Re: Compare i7-2960XM and i7-2860QM non-overclocked performance?
                    Adolfo_Intel

                    You should not have any issue with both of those processors as long as the laptop is designed to fully support those processors.

                    If you really need someone to help you decide which processor to purchase, I would suggest calling any of our local Authorized Intel® Distributors so they can provide you the best recommendations for your personal needs.

                    You can find a list of Authorized Intel® Distributors at:

                    http://www.intel.com/cd/channel/reseller/asmo-na/eng/227304.htm

                     

                    If you are outside the United States, please access the following link and select a location, to find the closest authorized distributor:

                    http://premierlocator.intel.com/Default.aspx

                    • 7. Re: Compare i7-2960XM and i7-2860QM non-overclocked performance?
                      Valentin_N

                      I think i7-2760qm is the best option or 2670qm since they are cheaper and you own notice to much (i7-2760qm has same features as the other high-end and it has 3,5GHz as max (one core active, with two core active 3,3GHz and 3,1GHz three or all four cores active). If you run vitual machines then i7-2760qm is must due to its virtual features that i7-2670qm does have.

                       

                       

                      Personal experience

                      I have i7-2630qm and I love it (2760qm would have been nicer though ^^). I doubt that performance will be noticed; the HDD also plays a role as well as the gpu if an application can take the advantage of it (I am not thinking of games). I am doing video editing, encoding, decoding and it all works very fast and smooth. I also grid(worldcommunitygrid.org) and it's fast.

                       

                      I hope this helps.