Next Gen Intel Ivy Bridge Quad Core Mobile Processor Shows 10-30% Performance Improvement
Submitted by lalit on April 9, 2012 - 12:39pm.
Last week, we reported that upcoming thinner and lighter MacBook Pros featuring new Ivy Bridge processors will be the most powerful Mac laptops ever with at least 30% performance jump. Adding more weight to our report, a Bulgarian website Laptop.bg has posted benchmarks of entry level quad core mobile processor Intel Core i7-3610QM, which will be part of Ivy Bridge lineup. The website got their hands on the new processor and ran some benchmarking tests comparing the new Ivy Bridge mobile processor with last years Sandy Bridge chips.
The website ran synthetic benchmarks as well as “real life” benchmarks to test both the CPU performance and the performance of the new HD 4000 integrated GPU. For CPU tests they used Cinebench, Fritz and Adobe Photoshop CS5. In Cinebench 10 tests, the new entry-level quad-core 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM was more than 25% faster in both single CPU and Multi CPU tests than last generation entry-level quad-core 2.0GHz Core i7-2630QM processor. In Cinebench 11 test to the results were similar with the new processor showing 27% increase when compared to 2.0GHz Core i7-2630QM and 22% increase when compared to 2.2GHz Core i7-2670QM.
Laptop.br compared new Ivy Bridge chip with 2.2GHz Core i7-2670QM in Fritz test and the new chip was 12.5% faster. In real world Photoshop CS5 test the Ivy Bridge chip was 22.9% faster than Core i7-2630QM and 16.5% faster when compared to 2.2GHz Core i7-2670QM. Overall, in comparison to last generation quad-core mobile processor, the new quad-core Ivy Bridge showed performance improvement ranging from 10% to 30%.
For testing graphics performance increase the website used 3DMark 2005, 3DMark 11 and Resident Evil 5. In 3Dmark 2005 test, Laptop.br compared entry level GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD with the new integrated HD 4000 GPU on Core i7-3610QM. The HD 4000 topped every GPU except NVIDIA GeForce 520MX. In fact most of the cards in this test were dedicated GPUs and the new HD 4000 was still topping them.
However, in 3DMark 11 where the new Ivy Bridge chip was compared to higher end dedicated GPUs it was left in dust showing the for DirectX 11 gaming you still need high-end GPUs. Overall, last generation HD 3000 GPU wasn’t even comparable to entry-level GPUs, but that has changed with the new HD 4000. Nonetheless, if you are looking for graphics performance you will still have to go with a dedicated GPU.
The benchmark results show a clear jump in both CPU and GPU performance with the new Core i7-3610QM processor. And when combined with a new 28nm dedicated GPU from NIVIDA on the upcoming MacBook Pro it should show at least 30% improvement in overall performance.
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