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Intel Core i7-620M review

Intel's CPU-GPU fusion chip comes to laptops near you

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Quad-core performance
  • Dual-core power consumption
  • The CPU-GPU design makes sense here!

Against

  • Pricey

Combining CPU and graphics functionality in a single so-called 'fusion' chip is the shape of things to come. So say both Intel and AMD, its main rival in the computer chip business.

That doesn't necessarily mean it's a good thing, however, as our first taste of a fusion processor in desktop trim recently proved.

But could the laptop version of Intel's new fusion processor, reviewed here in Core i7-620M form, have the makings of a mobile masterpiece?

Certainly, this chip cranks out some eye-popping raw performance numbers given their modest dual-core configuration.

The problem on the desktop is that the inclusion of a relatively weedy integrated graphics processor does little but compromise the thermal footprint of what would otherwise be a stunning little dual-core processor.

Make it mobile

However, for a mobile PC, the idea of reducing the chip count and thereby system complexity makes much more sense. Smaller, simpler motherboards and fewer power-hungry chips is always a good idea for a laptop.

Likewise, graphics performance tends to be less critical, particularly when running on battery power. So there's real value in stuffing a graphics core in with the CPU if it delivers physical and power consumption efficiencies.

All of which means the whole idea of CPU-GPU fusion processors is much more of a goer for mobile.

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Thermal Design Power35 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i7
L3 Cache4 MB
Clock Speed2.67 GHz
Processor SocketSocket PGA-988
Brand NameIntel
64-bit ProcessingYes
Thermal Specification105°C
QuickPath Interconnect4.80 GT/s
L2 Cache1 MB
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product ModelI7-620M
Product NameCore i7 I7-620M Dual-core Mobile Processor
Product LineCore i7
Manufacturer Part NumberCP80617003981AH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.intel.co.uk
Marketing Information

Intel's leading-edge PC processor breaks free of the desktop with the new Intel Core i7 processor for laptops, delivering unmatched mobile technology for intelligent performance on the most demanding tasks, such as creating digital video and playing intense games.

Process Technology32 nm