Intel Core I7 Laptops – Know The Difference

Laptops powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU are among the best laptops currently available on the market. Top laptop brands have already started to take advantage of the performance of the Intel i7 CPU, and they have released some of the most powerful notebooks suitable for those who need a lot of computing power for demanding applications and need portability on their part.

Intel is currently in the 3rd generation of Intel Core i7 mobile and desktop processors, also known as Ivy Bridge CPUs. So before you decide to buy an Intel Core i7 laptop, you should familiarize yourself with all i7 CPU series to avoid confusion.

The first generation The Intel Core i7 mobile CPUs, also known as "Clarksfield" and "Arrandale", were released to the public in September 2009, a year after the first desktop CPU based on the same microarchitecture, Nehalem.

"Clarksfield" Quad Core i7 mobile CPUs:

  • Core i7-9xxXM Extreme Edition
  • Core i7-8xxQM
  • Core i7-7xxQM

"Arrandale" Mobile dual i7 CPUs::

  • Core i7-6xxM
  • Core i7-6xxLM
  • Core i7-6xxUM

The second generation In early 2011, the Intel Core i7 mobile CPUs, also known as "Sandy Bridge", were introduced. These processors were among the best CPUs of the time and were very successful for the public.

Sandy bridge Quad Core i7 mobile CPUs::

  • Core i7-2xxxXM
  • Core i7-2xxxQM
  • Core i7-2xxxQE

Sandy Bridge Mobile dual i7 CPUs::

  • Core i7-2xx0M
  • Core i7-2xx9M
  • Core i7-2xx7M

The third generation the Intel Core i7 mobile CPUs, also known as "Ivy Bridge", was released in April 2012 and brings some improvements over the Sandy Bridge, including lower power consumption, higher clock speeds and better integrated graphics.

ivy bridge Quad Core i7 mobile CPUs::

  • Core i7-3xx0QM, i7-3xx0QE
  • Core i7-3xx2QM, i7-3xx2QE
  • Core i7-3xxxXM

Now that you are familiar with all i7 processors, all you have to do is find a notebook that uses one. The easiest way to do this is to filter the available laptops by processor type in your preferred online store. Use the processor model number to check whether it is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation i7 CPU.

A couple of things to mention:

Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs have an integrated GPU, and there may not be a discrete graphics card in the laptop configuration. If your main tasks do not include video transcoding, 3D graphic design and hardcore games, the integrated graphics are fine. Otherwise, you should look for a laptop with a discrete graphics card.

To take full advantage of i7 performance, also make sure that the laptop has at least 4 GB of DDRAM, although most of them have at least 8 GB.

A 64 GB or 128 GB solid-state drive (SSD) is required for fast booting.

The rest of the functions such as HD webcam, 3D display, Blu-ray drive etc. you can decide for yourself what you need and what you don't.


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