August 2, 2012

Intel Core i7-3720QM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 22 Nanometer Technology

The Intel Core i7-3720QM is a powerful quad-core Third Generation processor for laptop PCs. It is based on the new Ivy Bridge architecture which further improves the efficiency of the processor thereby prolonging the battery life.


The Ivy Bridge processors, like this Intel Core i7-3720QM are fabricated using 22 nanometer technology this is much smaller in size compared to 32 nanometer used in Sandy Bridge processor. The 22 nanometer is the approximate size of transistor (electronic switches that’s on and off when processing data) etched in a silicon wafer, yes 22 nanometer (nm)! How big is 22 nm? The average diameter of hair is about 100 000 nanometers, this only means that the size of the transistors found in Ivy Bridge processors is 4600 times much smaller than the diameter of a hair. Therefore a 3.75cm x 3.75cm chip can hold several hundreds of millions 3D transistors, the smaller the size of the transistor the more power efficient it is.

The Intel Core i7-3720QM quad-core processor supports Hyper-Threading technology, the four cores of this processor has the ability of handling up to eight threads in parallel which makes it utilized well the CPU. Hyper-Threading can be best explained using the analogy the WORKER and MACHINE. Let say, the Processor is the WORKER, in the Solo Core processor without Hyper-Threading Support the WORKER does tasks with a MACHINE but sometimes the machine works slowly and the WORKER needs to wait some time in order to do next task. Hyper-Threading technology is like adding another machine, but still there is only one WORKER however this time the WORKER does not need to wait longer to do another task because there’s another machine to work with and thereby increasing the performance of the WORKER. Hyper-Threading technology does not mean doubling the performance of the processor because just like the WORKER it has limitations. With Hyper-Threading the processor improves performance by up to 30%. So, what processors support Hyper-Threading Technology? All Core i-Series processors Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 support this technology.

Moreover, this Intel Core i7-3720QM quad-core processor supports Turbo Boost technology. Turbo Boost technology is the ability of the processor to provide extra processing power when needed. The processor can provide extra processing power when Thermal and electrical aspects were met. This means that the processor can provide extra power as long as it can withstand the heat to protect it from damage and when your computer is not connected to main power source. When not connected to the mains, the processor will try to slow down to save battery juice. Processors under Core i5 and Core i7 categories supports Turbo Boost technology.


The Intel Core i7-3720QM quad-core processor has a base clock speed of 2.6GHz but because of Turbo Boost it can speed up automatically to about 3.4GHz when 3 or four core are active, 3.5 GHz when only 2 of the cores are active, and 3.6GHz when only one of the cores is active.


This Intel Core i7-3720QM quad-core processor has an integrated GPU dubbed Intel HD Graphics 4000 that offers 16 Execution Units (EUs) which is clocked at 650 MHz up to 1250 MHz because of Turbo Boost in the GPU side, which makes it one of the quicker variations.

Furthermore, this Intel Core i7-3720QM quad-core processor has a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 45 Watts which makes it suitable for laptop PCs with sizes between 15 inches and up.

44 comments:

Nanay Blogs said...

This one looks fast. Thanks for the info!

Paula said...

I agree. My laptop is becoming slow na. It's only i3.

GeriLen ELinessete said...

i7 is best when using revit program, no lag :)

filmansantiago said...

I am having i3 too. A bit slow but good for nothing at all. lol! And what is that revit program then GeriLen? I am nose bleeding right now. Don't know much about techie things. :)

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sikat101 said...

Cool stuff. If I were still working full time and handling volumes of data, I would require this processor for my office computer.

reese said...

hmmm, base on the features this processor is fast...
good share

January said...

I can enjoy photoshop with this.. :)

RonLeyba said...

Great specs suitable for people like me who uses computer for a living. Nice info.

Jhenz Balatico said...

wow! i7 nice one! super fast!

verabear said...

So it's fast and doesn't heat up quickly? Pero magastos sa kuryente daw? tama ba?

Yhey said...

Whoah, technical terms overload... Hahaha! But, thank you for sharing, nonetheless! :D

Allan said...

This is very technical. Thanks for the info there.

Dominique Goh said...

Whao... these processors get upgraded so fast.. It's so hard to keep in touch with the latest happening in the tech world.

Jen said...

This reminds me of my much needed laptop upgrade.:)

aby ♥ said...

this is expensive stuff! hahaha thanks for sharing! :)

Rochelle O. said...

Cool this seems to be faster. Shame on my laptop! Thanks for the info :)

leira said...

wow this is all very technical to me and technology is changing and its moving so fast

avagabondmom said...

Pretty impressive specs but I wish there was a comparison so you can really gauge it's worth.

Ms. Journ said...

I agree with the facts here and this is a very good information for all who are looking for a faster one.

Rachelle said...

i wonder what a Thermal Design is... great info!

GeriLen ELinessete said...

technology really keeps on upgrading.. whats latest today becomes out of date tommorow.

Jellybelly said...

Thanks for the info. Very helpful!

Prettymom said...

pretty impressive and fast...

Mylene said...

This is processor is really fast. But for sure this is also expensive.
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I AM TIN said...

interesting! though i sort of spaced out from the tech'l details.. i let my husband do the research..

good post still! :)

Khimbyrlee Eerlrybmihk said...

Technical terms, still I understood it. :D Thanks for sharing.

Jhari said...

I didn't understand any of this, but I asked my husband to check on it.

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Mommy Maye said...

I would check what our netbook has. I am not into this so much technical stuffs. I hope you can make reviews of cameras too.

Jessel said...

Thanks very much for the information. Although I'm not very familiar with some of this but it might help my husband..:)

Marco Polo Demo said...

Good that at least you were able to explain the hyperthreading in a simplest manner. people that are not techie would often raise their brows with some of the terms here. Good job and great info.

Lady Spring said...

Thanks for the information.
I hope you find a lot of readers for this. It's all so technical.

Well...keep blogging!

Genefaith Saratorio said...

when i read posts like this, I appreciate the author's wide knowledge on technology:)

crazyme said...

Oh wow! That was a great explanation using the worker-machine analogy. I actually understand it works.

January said...

here again from bc blogger..:)

ielenna said...

how much could this be?

Gelo said...

it costs around $378

Louise Antonette said...

this sure looks really fast.. and expensive! haha! Thanks for sharing this detailed info!

Ron Leyba said...

I really hope I can buy a new machine with that kind of specs. Pretty fast and cool.

Liz said...

So promising! This kind of specs can also give you a brand new gaming experience!

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Ms. Journ said...

we are going to asymbol new pc today and we are using icore i7 and my step son really choose this one.

Postcard Trail said...

am not much of a techie gal. but the information is helpful.

Sumi Go said...

Hope I can upgrade to quad-core, with all the programs and games I'm skimping on my PC, I definitely need something powerful.

melandriaonline said...

i'm not really a techie and don't know about computers, this really helps

Farida said...

I'm sure this post will benefit the techie ones. :D