Though the reduced instruction-set greatly enhances performance, it’s not the only thing affecting it. There’s also an improved caching system wherein the L3 cache is now shared between both cores. Also featured is an integrated Intel HD graphics chip that performs 2x better than those featured on first-generation Core i7 CPUs. This particular CPU runs at 1.5GHz, but comes with Turbo Boost functionality up to 2.6GHz. The biggest change though from previous generations is the socket, which switches from the standard LGA 1155 to a new FCBGA1023 socket. Note also that this CPU is designed for mobile laptops, and so supports a low voltage TDP. Also, the the i7-2617M can process videos 17x faster, process 3D video over HDMI v1.4.