Intel Core™ i7-720QM PGA 988 Mobile Processor
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Core™ i7-720QM 4-Core 1.6 — 2.8GHz Turbo, PGA 988, 45W TDP, Processor
The world’s best family of laptop processors.
Intel’s leading-edge PC processor breaks free of the desktop with the new Intel® Core™ i7 processor for laptops, delivering unmatched mobile technology for intelligent performance on the most demanding tasks, such as creating
digital video and playing intense games.
Revolutionary mobile performance, no strings or wires attached.
Including massive memory bandwidth that accelerates workloads, upgrading to laptops with Intel® Core™ i7 mobile processors provide hardware-based technologies that deliver the ultimate in rich, high-definition (HD) content
creation, video encoding and editing, multitasking, and more.
- Enjoy multitasking with demanding applications faster and on the go by upgrading to laptop PCs with Intel® Core™ i7 mobile processor.
- Hardcore multitaskers rejoice with mobile-rich hardware-based technologies built in.
- Maximize speed for demanding applications with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, accelerating performance to match your high-demand workloads.
- Unleash leading-edge digital media creation with up to 81 percent faster video encoding, while enjoying incredible performance for photo editing and publishing.
- Improve artificial intelligence (AI) by 31 percent for game characters and realistic physics for game worlds.
|Clock Speed:||1.6 GHz||Package Type:||Micro-FCPGA|
|Max Turbo Frequency:||2. 8 GHz||Manufacturing Technology:||45 nm|
|DMI:||2.5 GT/s||Thermal Design Power:||45W|
|Bus/Core Ratio:||12||Thermal Specification:||100°C|
|L3 Cache Size:||6 MB||Core Voltage:||0.65V-1.400V|
|L3 Cache Speed:||1.6 GHz|
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Desktop vs Mobile Processors – What’s the Difference?
September 20, 2016
Like most compute tech, processors come in essentially two classes – mobile and desktop. Mobile processors, whether they be for laptops, smartphones, or IOT devices, are generally designed for efficiency first and performance second. Desktop processors being less limited by thermals and not at all by potential battery life, are by far the performance champs and will on average have more cache, higher stock and Turbo speeds, and higher TDP (Thermal Design Power).
So is a mobile i7 not the same as a desktop i7?
No, not really. Even though both desktop and mobile processors can share the same i7 (and i5 or i3 for that matter) name, that doesn’t mean they’re equal for the reasons I describe above. For example, a desktop Intel Core i7-6700 runs 4 cores at 3.4/4.0 GHz with 8MB cache for a Passmark score of 9,973. Its mobile counterpart, the Intel Core i7-6700HQ, comes in at 2.6/3.5GHz with 6MB of cache for a Passmark score of 8,001, or almost 20% less.
What do those Intel Processor model number suffixes mean?
Intel uses a letter at the end of many desktop model numbers as a way of classifying different processor product lines (i.e. i7-6700HQ, i7-6820k, etc). Here’s a quick breakdown of the most common and what each means.
Our MX70 uses the mobile i7-6700HQ processor
U – meaning “ultra-low power,” these processors are typically found in Ultrabooks and similar style laptops where battery life trumps performance. TDP is usually around 15W but speed suffers.
HQ – designated for “High performance graphics, quad core,” HQ processors are found in many gaming laptops like our Raptor MX70. TDP is around 45W but performance is much better.
HK – meaning “High performance graphics, Unlocked,” these processors are similar to the HQ class but can also be overclocked like many desktop processors. Due to the cooling limitations of mobile platforms, it’s not something we recommend though.
K –a desktop processor that’s unlocked and can be overclocked by either the OEM or end user. This post on locked vs unlocked goes into more details.
T – Intel describes this product as designed for the “power optimized lifestyle. ‘T’ class processors are similar in terms of specs to the HQ line but are typically found in All-in-One PCs.
None – Processors with no alpha suffix are desktop processors with no specific designation. But they’re important too!
Our Signature 15 is powered by a desktop i7 processor
So does a laptop with a desktop processor mean better performance?
In short, yes. Because desktop processors have higher clock speeds and less power restrictions than their mobile brethren, you’ll get much better performance, especially with higher demand applications like photo manipulation, 3D design, and video editing. The downside is that desktop processors do run warmer and because of the higher power draw, are not conducive to long battery life, so it is a bit of a trade off. Make sure you choose appropriately for your specific use-case and applications.
So there you have it, the differences between desktop vs mobile processors. What did we miss?
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3DNews Technologies and IT market. News processors First tests of 16-core mobile Core…
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While the new 16-core Intel Alder Lake-HX mobile processors for portable workstations and high-end gaming laptops have only been unveiled recently, Chinese publications are already starting to publish their reviews. For example, the team of the Chinese platform Golden Pig Upgrade Pack published a review of the Core i7-12800HX chip.
Image Source: Intel
According to Intel, the Alder Lake-HX series combines processors designed with the same semiconductor dies as desktop Alder Lake-S, but optimized for power consumption and moved to a BGA package. The mobile Alder Lake-HX has one more aspect in common with the desktop ones. They require a separate HM670 chipset on the laptop motherboard, unlike the same mobile Alder Lake-P, in which the chipset is built into a separate die located on the same substrate as the processor core die.
Alder Lake-HX chips support 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes for graphics card connection and 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes for NVMe SSD. Support for an additional 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 12 PCIe 3.0 lanes is provided by the chipset. The presence of the Intel HM670 chipset can be noted in the photo below (a compact microcircuit circled in red), where the NVIDIA GN20-E6 GPU, the basis of the mobile GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, also flaunts. On the right side of the picture is the Core i7-12800HX.
Core i7-12800HX based laptop board. Image Source: Golden Pig Upgrade Pack
There is also a difference between mobile BGA and desktop LGA chips. The first one is 2.2 mm thinner than the desktop version. Some SMD components of the mobile version of the chip have been moved to another location on the substrate. However, the crystal itself with the computing cores is located in the same place, in the center.
Alder Lake 8P+8E processors. Image source: VideoCardz
A Chinese reviewer got two identical Lenovo Y9000P gaming laptops equipped with GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics accelerators, as well as the same amount of DDR5-4800 RAM. The difference between laptops is only in processors. One uses a 14-core Core i7-12700H (Alder Lake-P), the other uses a 16-core Core i7-12800HX (Alder Lake-HX). The PL1 and PL2 power consumption limits for the Alder Lake-P chip are 115 and 135 W, while the Alder Lake-HX model is increased to 125 and 175 W, respectively.
The Core i7-12800HX offers almost the same single-thread performance as the Core i7-12700H. However, its multi-threaded performance is 15% higher on average.
Intel Core i7-12800HX and Core i7-12700H in synthetic tests. Image source: Golden Pig Upgrade Pack
In games, the presence of two additional cores and 100 MHz of additional maximum clock speed, which is 4. 8 GHz in the Alder Lake-HX model, does not matter.
Intel Core i7-12800HX and Core i7-12700H in games. Image Source: Golden Pig Upgrade Pack
Both processors demonstrate approximately the same level of performance. The difference in favor of the Core i7-12800HX is only 2.56%, and even then, only in some AAA projects.
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3DNews Technologies and IT market. News processors Mysterious 14-core mobile processor. ..
The most interesting in the reviews
The UserBenchmark synthetic test database has an entry about testing an unreleased mobile Intel Core i7-12650HX processor, allegedly related to the mobile part of the Alder Lake-S series. Recall that to date, Intel has released a similar processor Core i7-12650H of the Alder Lake-P series.
Image source: VideoCardz
The latest rumors say that Intel is going to expand the series of mobile chips similar to desktop processors, but in a BGA package. These processor dies contain 8 high-performance P-cores and 8 energy-efficient E-cores, while the already presented Alder Lake-P series models use dies with a maximum configuration of 6P + 8E cores.
Image Source: UserBenchmark
The UserBenchmark database entry indicates that the Core i7-12650HX does not have the same core configuration as the Core i7-12650H, further segmenting Intel’s mobile processor lineup and likely causing more confusion among buyers. The Core i7-12650HX itself contains 14 cores and supports 20 threads. This assumes the use of a stripped-down 6P+8E core configuration.
Image source: UserBenchmark
It should be recalled that last year Intel’s slide hit the Web, which indicated a certain series of H55 processors with a TDP range of 45 to 55 watts.
Image source: VideoCardz
Presumably, the H55 refers to the HX series of processors, the representative of which appeared in the UserBenchmark synthetic test database. However, it should also be pointed out that the slide does not contain configuration information for the 6P+8E cores within the H55 series.
Core i7-12650HX. Image Source: UserBenchmark
Intel itself has yet to comment on the potential launch of the Alder Lake-HX processor series. However, according to portal VideoCardz , gaming laptops based on these chips are already being developed.
Image source: VideoCardz
According to the publication, Intel plans to release at least two Alder Lake-HX series processors.