Intel Core i7-2960XM Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Intel Core i7-2960XM has 4 cores with 8 threads and is based on the 2. gen of the Intel Core i7 series. The processor uses a mainboard with the PGA 988 socket and was released in Q4/2011. The Intel Core i7-2960XM scores 733 points in the Geekbench 5 single-core benchmark. In the Geekbench 5 multi-core benchmark, the result is 2,710 points.
Intel Core i7-2960XM

CPU lineage

The segment in which we have classified the Intel Core i7-2960XM. Here you can see if it is a desktop processor or a mobile processor or which processor may be the successor of the Intel Core i7-2960XM.

Name: Intel Core i7-2960XM
Family: Intel Core i7 (293)
CPU group: Intel Core i 2000M (46)
Architecture: Sandy Bridge H
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 2
Predecessor: --
Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i7-2960XM has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i7-2960XM is 2.70 GHz (3.70 GHz). The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor and is an important performance indicator.

CPU Cores / Threads: 4 / 8
Core architecture: normal
Cores: 4x
Hyperthreading / SMT: Yes
Overclocking: No
Frequency: 2.70 GHz
Turbo Frequency (1 Core): 3.70 GHz
Turbo Frequency (4 Cores): --

Internal Graphics

The Intel Core i7-2960XM has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. Specifically, the Intel Core i7-2960XM uses the Intel HD Graphics 3000, which has 96 texture shaders and 12 execution units. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

GPU name: Intel HD Graphics 3000
GPU frequency: 0.65 GHz
GPU (Turbo): 1.30 GHz
Compute units: 12
Shader: 96
Hardware Raytracing: No
Release date: Q1/2011
Max. displays: 2
Generation: 6
Direct X: 10.1
Technology: 32 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 2 GB
Frame Generation: No

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

h265 / HEVC (8 bit): No
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): No
h264: Decode / Encode
VP8: No
VP9: No
AV1: No
AVC: Decode / Encode
VC-1: Decode
JPEG: No

Memory & PCIe

The processor can use up to 32 GB memory in 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 25.6 GB/s. The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the system.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
DDR3-1066
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1600
25.6 GB/s
21.3 GB/s
25.6 GB/s
Max. Memory: 32 GB
Memory channels: 2 (Dual Channel)
ECC: No
PCIe: 2.0 x 16
PCIe Bandwidth: 8.0 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the processor is 55 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually gives a rough idea of the actual power consumption of the CPU.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 55 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: 100 °C

Technical details

The Intel Core i7-2960XM is made in 32 nm. The smaller the manufacturing process of a CPU, the more modern and energy-efficient it is. Overall, the processor has 8.00 MB cache. A large cache can greatly speed up the processor's speed in some cases such as games.

Technology: 32 nm
Chip design: Monolithic
Socket: PGA 988
L2-Cache: --
L3-Cache: 8.00 MB
AES-NI: Yes
Operating systems: Windows 10, Linux
Virtualization: VT-x, VT-x EPT
Instruction set (ISA): x86-64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions: SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
Release date: Q4/2011
Release price: 570 $
Part Number: --
Documents: Technical data sheet

Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Intel Core i7-2960XM have been carefully checked by us. We only publish benchmark results that have been created by us or that have been submitted by a visitor and then checked by a team member. All results are based on and fullfill our benchmark guidelines.


Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Pentium G3430 Intel Pentium G3430
2C 2T @ 3.30 GHz
735
Intel Pentium G3440 Intel Pentium G3440
2C 2T @ 3.30 GHz
735
AMD Ryzen 7 2800H AMD Ryzen 7 2800H
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
734
Intel Core i7-2960XM Intel Core i7-2960XM
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
733
Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 Qualcomm Snapdragon 860
8C 8T @ 2.96 GHz
733
Intel Core M-5Y71 Intel Core M-5Y71
2C 4T @ 2.90 GHz
733
MediaTek Dimensity 1080 MediaTek Dimensity 1080
8C 8T @ 2.60 GHz
732

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i5-8365UE Intel Core i5-8365UE
4C 8T @ 2.60 GHz
2721
Intel Core i5-7500T Intel Core i5-7500T
4C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
2718
Intel Core i3-9100HL Intel Core i3-9100HL
4C 4T @ 1.60 GHz
2712
Intel Core i7-2960XM Intel Core i7-2960XM
4C 8T @ 2.70 GHz
2710
Intel Core i5-6400 Intel Core i5-6400
4C 4T @ 3.00 GHz
2706
Qualcomm QCM6490 Qualcomm QCM6490
8C 8T @ 2.71 GHz
2705
Intel Core i3-8100T Intel Core i3-8100T
4C 4T @ 3.10 GHz
2700

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i3-6006U Intel Core i3-6006U
2C 4T @ 2.00 GHz
644
Intel Core i5-3330 Intel Core i5-3330
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
643
Intel Core i5-3330S Intel Core i5-3330S
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
642
Intel Core i7-2960XM Intel Core i7-2960XM
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
640
Intel Core i5-3470T Intel Core i5-3470T
2C 4T @ 3.60 GHz
640
Intel Core i7-3615QM Intel Core i7-3615QM
4C 8T @ 3.30 GHz
637
Intel Core i7-975 Intel Core i7-975
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
635

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i5-2415M Intel Core i5-2415M
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.30 GHz
250
Intel Core i5-2435M Intel Core i5-2435M
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.30 GHz
250
Intel Core i5-2520M Intel Core i5-2520M
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.30 GHz
250
Intel Core i7-2960XM Intel Core i7-2960XM
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.30 GHz
250
AMD A6-5400K AMD A6-5400K
AMD Radeon HD 7540D @ 0.64 GHz
246
AMD A6-5400B AMD A6-5400B
AMD Radeon HD 7540D @ 0.64 GHz
246
HiSilicon Kirin 960S HiSilicon Kirin 960S
ARM Mali-G71 MP8 @ 0.90 GHz
245

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i7-3635QM Intel Core i7-3635QM
4C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
4737
AMD A10-6700 AMD A10-6700
4C 4T @ 4.30 GHz
4736
Intel Core i7-3630QM Intel Core i7-3630QM
4C 8T @ 2.40 GHz
4732
Intel Core i7-2960XM Intel Core i7-2960XM
4C 8T @ 2.70 GHz
4725
AMD A10-6790K AMD A10-6790K
4C 4T @ 4.30 GHz
4724
AMD FX-4300 AMD FX-4300
4C 4T @ 3.80 GHz
4713
Intel Xeon E5-2603 v4 Intel Xeon E5-2603 v4
6C 6T @ 1.70 GHz
4699

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