PC makers leak Intel's upcoming quad-core laptop chips

Intel's laptop chips made using the 32-nm process have only been dual-core

PC makers Hewlett-Packard and Dell have spilled details about new quad-core laptop processors from Intel prior to launch of the chips.

Details about the new quad-core Core i7-840QM and Core i7-740QM processors were posted by HP on its Web site in a manual for the Envy 17 laptop. Dell previously listed the chips as available for the Studio 15 laptop, and information is still available on a Google cache page.

The 840QM processor runs at 1.86GHz and includes 8MB of cache. The processor includes Turbo Boost technology to ratchet up clock speed to 3.2Ghz for faster application performance. The Core i7-740QM runs at a base clock speed of 1.73GHz, with the ability to go up to 2.93Ghz, and includes 6MB of cache. The processors will draw 45 watts of power.

The laptops are replacements for desktops and are targeted at enthusiasts like gamers. HP introduced the Envy 17 laptop earlier this month and said it would include quad-core processors, without specifying whether those chips would be from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices. AMD announced new dual-, triple- and quad-core laptop chips earlier this month.

These could be Intel's first quad-core laptop chips made using the 32-nanometer process. Intel in January announced a range of dual-core Core i3, i5 and i7 laptop processors, but no quad-core chips were announced. Intel already offers quad-core chips for laptops under the Core 2 Quad brand, but those processors are made using the older 45-nanometer process.

The new chips will be part of the Westmere microarchitecture, which is a shrink of Intel's existing Nehalem microarchitecture. Nehalem provides a faster pipe for the CPU to communicate with system components.

Westmere chips also put the graphics processor and CPU on a single chip package, which helps improve graphics performance while drawing less power. The chips allow each core to run two threads simultaneously so that more tasks can be run at the same time. The quad-core laptop chips will be able to run eight threads simultaneously.

An Intel spokeswoman declined comment on the processors.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags HPintelDellquad-core

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?