Intel Core i5-4260U vs Intel Core i5-4330M vs Intel Core i5-4278U

Intel Core i5-4260U

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The Intel Core i5-4260U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for ultrabooks launched in Q2 2014. It is based on the Haswell architecture and is manufactured in 22nm. Due to Hyper-Threading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel, leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 1.4 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz for 1 active core or 2.4 GHz for 2 active cores (i5-4250U: 1.3 - 2.6 GHz).

Architecture

Haswell is the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm and offer an optimized branch prediction as well as additional execution ports, improving performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Performance

The performance of the Core i5-4260U is similar to the old and slightly higher clocked Core i5-3427U. However, when using new instruction sets such as AVX2 the performance can be significantly better. Thus, the CPU has sufficient power for office and multimedia purposes as well as more demanding applications.

Graphics

The integrated HD Graphics 5000 offers 40 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1000 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it significantly faster than the HD Graphics 4000. However, the performance is often limited by the memory bandwidth and just slightly above the HD 4400 (20 EUs).

Power Consumption

The i5-4260U is rated at a TDP of 15 W including the graphics card, memory controller, VRMs and the integrated chipset. Therefore, the CPU is suited for small ultrabooks 11-inches or greater.

Intel Core i5-4330M

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The Intel Core i5-4330M is a fast dual-core processor for laptops launched in Q2 2013. It is based on the Haswell architecture and is manufactured in 22nm. Due to Hyper-Threading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.8 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz  for 1 active core or 3.4 GHz for 2 active cores.

Haswell is the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm and offer an optimized branch prediction as well as additional execution ports. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Due to these changes, the performance per clock has been improved by almost 10 percent compared to Ivy Bridge. Therefore, the i5-4330M is slightly faster than the former top model i7-3540M.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 400 MHz up to 1250 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than a similarly clocked HD 4000.

The i5-4330M is rated at a TDP of 37 W including the graphics card, memory controller and VRMs. Therefore, the CPU is suited for laptops 14-inches or greater.

Intel Core i5-4278U

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The Intel Core i5-4278U is a LV (low voltage) dual-core processor for large ultrabooks launched in Q3 2014. It is based on the Haswell architecture and is manufactured in 22nm. Due to Hyper-Threading, the two cores can handle up to four threads in parallel, leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.6 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz.

Architecture

Haswell is the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm and offer an optimized branch prediction as well as additional execution ports, improving the performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Performance

Due to these architectural improvements, the performance is slightly above a similarly clocked Ivy Bridge CPU. Therefore, the Core i5-4278U is almost as fast as the older i7-3520M. However, when using new instruction sets such as AVX2 the performance can be significantly better. Thus, the CPU has sufficient power for office and multimedia purposes as well as more demanding applications.

Graphics

The integrated Iris Graphics 5100 offers 40 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it significantly faster than the HD Graphics 4000. As a result, the Iris Graphics competes with dedicated lower mid-range graphics cards (e.g. GeForce GT 720M). However, even fast dual-channel memory limits the performance.

Power Consumption

The i5-4278U is rated at a TDP of 28 W including the graphics card, memory controller, VRMs and the integrated chipset. Therefore, the CPU is suited for larger, well-cooled ultrabooks.

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: Core i5 Haswell
Intel Core i5-4340M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210H2900 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4330M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200H2800 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4308U2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4310M2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4400E2700 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4300M2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210M2600 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4288U2600 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4278U2600 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4258U2400 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4310U2000 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4360U1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4300U1900 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4350U1400 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210U1700 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-4260U1400 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4402E1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200U1600 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4250U1300 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4300Y1600 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4302Y1600 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4202Y1600 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4220Y1600 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210Y1500 - 1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200Y1400 - 1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4340M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210H2900 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-4330M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200H2800 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4308U2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4310M2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4400E2700 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4300M2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210M2600 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4288U2600 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4278U2600 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4258U2400 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4310U2000 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4360U1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4300U1900 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4350U1400 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210U1700 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4260U1400 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4402E1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200U1600 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4250U1300 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4300Y1600 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4302Y1600 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4202Y1600 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4220Y1600 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210Y1500 - 1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200Y1400 - 1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4340M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210H2900 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4330M2800 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200H2800 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4308U2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4310M2700 - 3400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4400E2700 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4300M2600 - 3300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210M2600 - 3200 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4288U2600 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-4278U2600 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200M2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4258U2400 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4310U2000 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4360U1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4300U1900 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4350U1400 - 2900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210U1700 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4260U1400 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4402E1600 - 2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200U1600 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4250U1300 - 2600 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4300Y1600 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4302Y1600 - 2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4202Y1600 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4220Y1600 - 2000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4210Y1500 - 1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-4200Y1400 - 1900 MHz2 / 43 MB
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HD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1000 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIHD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1250 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NIIris Graphics 5100 (200 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1000 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1250 MHz)Intel Iris Graphics 5100 (200 - 1100 MHz)
$325 U.S.$315 U.S.
Intel Core i5 4260UIntel Core i5 4330MIntel Core i5 4278U

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
239 Points (5%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
105 Points (48%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
2.6 Points (10%)
3.7 Points (14%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.2 Points (49%)
1.5 Points (62%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
3951 Points (43%)
4988 Points (55%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7913 Points (16%)
11324 Points (23%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
10033 Points (13%)
14102 Points (19%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5186 Points (50%)
6658 Points (65%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
490.9 seconds (6%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
18.2 seconds (4%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
3222 Points (22%)
4362 Points (30%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
15.3 Seconds (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
28.6 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
591.9 Seconds (3%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
10975 Points (18%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
3182 points (17%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
28512 Points (34%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
29963 Points (35%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
2495 Points (6%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-4260U → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-4330M → 118%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)