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Intel Core i7-3540M (PGA) vs i7-3740QM (PGA)

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Intel Core i7-3540M (PGA) advantages

  • Higher base frequency of the CPU allows it to run multi-threaded programs faster.
  • The Intel Core i7-3540M is 22% more energy efficient.

Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA) advantages

  • More CPU cores on the i7-3740QM help to process multiple processes or heavily multi-threaded tasks.

i7-3540M vs i7-3740QM specifications comparison

The graphs below compare the most important characteristics of the i7-3740QM and Intel Core i7-3540M processors. These features, as well as an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a microprocessor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph displays the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of extra threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for additional frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. Although the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
9
7.2
5.4
3.6
1.8
0
 
 
4
 
8
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
3.7GHz
 
3.7GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
8000
6400
4800
3200
1600
0
 
 
4608KB
 
7168KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
50
40
30
20
10
0
 
 
35W
 
45W
 
 
Lower is better

  - Intel Core i7-3540M (PGA)       - Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA)

Detailed side by side comparison of Intel i7-3540M vs Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA) specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core i7-3540M (PGA) Core i7-3740QM (PGA)
General recommendations:
Base frequency is higher,
Somewhat lower power
  General recommendations:
More cores improve multi-threading performance,
Supports more threads at once

Drawbacks:

Smaller number of CPU cores,
Handles fewer threads
 

Drawbacks:

Base frequency is lower,
Somewhat higher power consumption

Similar processors

Core i7-3540M (PGA) Core i7-3740QM (PGA)
 

Similar CPUs use the same socket and architecture as Core i7-3540M (PGA) and Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA).

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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i7-3540M (PGA) and Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA) pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i7-3540M (PGA)Intel Core i7-3740QM (PGA)
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i7 Mobile
Basic details
Model numberi7-3540Mi7-3740QM
CPU part numberAW8063801108900AW8063801105000
Box part number BX80638I73740QM
Introduction dateJanuary 20, 2013September 30, 2012
Current official price $378 (as of Jun 2014)
 
CPU features
Core nameIvy Bridge
MicroarchitectureIvy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.022
Data width (bits)64
SocketSocket G2
Frequency (MHz)30002700
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3700 / 35003700 / 3700 / 3600 / 3500
Clock Multiplier3027
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)128 KB (code) / 128 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)5121024
L3 cache (KB)40966144
Max temperature (°C)105
TDP (Watt)3545
Cores24
Threads48
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading+
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Trusted Execution+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+
Virtualization+
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeHD 4000
Base frequency (MHz)650
Maximum frequency (MHz)1300
The number of supported displays3
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, DDR3L-RS 1333, DDR3L-RS 1600
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)25.6
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