Render Tests
CineBench 10
This rendering benchmark based off of the Cinema 4D engine is a terrific indicator for multi-threaded processing. 

Intel Core i7-2820QM Mobile Sandy Bridge Performance Review - Processors 42 

Intel Core i7-2820QM Mobile Sandy Bridge Performance Review - Processors 43 

Intel Core i7-2820QM Mobile Sandy Bridge Performance Review - Processors 44 

Even in the single threaded test, the new Sandy Bridge Core i7-2820QM takes a commanding lead.

POV-Ray 3.7 Beta
POV-Ray has long been the poster child for multi-threaded processing and rendering. 

Intel Core i7-2820QM Mobile Sandy Bridge Performance Review - Processors 45 

Intel Core i7-2820QM Mobile Sandy Bridge Performance Review - Processors 46 

It would appear that the Sandy Bridge reference notebook doesn’t really consider these other platforms a viable competition…

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