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Product Name Intel® Core™ i7-3820QM Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) Intel® Core™ i7-3770 Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz) Intel® Core™ i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
Code Name Ivy Bridge Ivy Bridge Ivy Bridge
Essentials
Status Launched Launched Launched
Launch Date Q2'12 Q2'12 Q2'12
Processor Number i7-3820QM i7-3770 i7-3920XM
# of Cores 4 4 4
# of Threads 8 8 8
Clock Speed 2.7 GHz 3.4 GHz 2.9 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.7 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cache 8 MB Intel® Smart Cache 8 MB Intel® Smart Cache 8 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Bus/Core Ratio 27 34 29
Bus Type DMI DMI DMI
System Bus 5 GT/s 5 GT/s 5 GT/s
Instruction Set 64-bit 64-bit 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions AVX SSE4.1/4.2, AVX AVX
Embedded Options Available No Yes No
Lithography 22 nm 22 nm 22 nm
Max TDP 45 W 77 W 55 W
Recommended Customer Price TRAY: $568 TRAY: $294
BOX : $305
TRAY: $1096
Datasheet Url Link Link Link
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Memory Types DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600 DDR3-1333/1600 DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600
# of Memory Channels 2 2 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s 25.6 GB/s 25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported No No No
Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics Yes Yes Yes
Graphics Model Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Graphics Base Frequency 650 MHz 650 MHz 650 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.25 GHz 1.15 GHz 1.3 GHz
Graphics Output eDP/DP/HDMI/SDVO/CRT eDP/DP/HDMI/SDVO/CRT
Intel® Quick Sync Video Yes Yes Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Insider™ Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Wireless Display Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI) Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes Yes Yes
Dual Display Capable Yes Yes
# of Displays Supported 3 3 3
Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision 3.0 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Configurations 1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4 1x16, 2x8, 1x8 & 2x4 1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4
# of PCI Express Lanes 1 1
Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration 1 1 1
TCASE 67.4°C
TJUNCTION 105 C 105 C
Package Size 37.5 x 37.5mm (rPGA988B); 31.0 x 24.0mm (BGA1224) 37.5mm x 37.5mm 37.5 x 37.5mm (rPGA988B)
Graphics and IMC Lithography 22 nm 22 nm
Sockets Supported FCBGA1224, FCPGA988 FCLGA1155 FCPGA988
Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS See MDDS See MDDS
Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 2.0 2.0
Intel® vPro Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology Yes Yes Yes
AES New Instructions Yes Yes Yes
Intel® 64 Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology Yes Yes
4G WiMAX Wireless Technology Yes Yes
Idle States Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Demand Based Switching No No
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Fast Memory Access Yes Yes Yes
Intel® Flex Memory Access Yes Yes Yes
Execute Disable Bit Yes Yes Yes
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)