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Intel Core i7-4550U vs Intel Core i7-4712HQ vs Intel Core i7-4860HQ

Intel Core i7-4550U

► remove from comparison Intel 4550U

The Intel Core i7-4550U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for ultrabooks 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 1.5 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz for 1 active core or 2.7 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, improving the performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

The performance of the Core i7-4550U is similar to the old and slightly higher clocked Core i7-3537U. 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.

The integrated HD Graphics 5000 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 HD 5000 competes with dedicated lower mid-range graphics cards.

The i7-4550U 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 i7-4712HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4712HQ

The Intel Core i7-4712HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops. It is based on the Haswell architecture and manufactured in 22nm. Due to Hyperthreading, the four cores can handle up to eight threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.3 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.2 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.3 GHz (for 1 active core).

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. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Performance

The performance of the Core i7-4712HQ is similar to the Core i7-4750HQ and slightly above the Ivy Bridge-based i7-3630QM. Even very demanding software or multitasking will be handled easily.

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 400 MHz up to 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000.

Power Consumption

With a TDP of only 37 W (including graphics card, memory controller and VRMs), the Core i7-4712HQ is specified at the level of mobile dual-core CPUs. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i7.

Intel Core i7-4860HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4860HQ

The Intel Core i7-4860HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q1 2014. It is based on the Haswell architecture and manufactured in 22nm. Due to Hyperthreading, the four cores can handle up to eight threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.4 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.5 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.6 GHz (for 1 active core). The 2C/4C Turbo clocks have not been confirmed yet. A noteworthy feature is the fast integrated graphics unit (GT3e) with eDRAM memory (128 MB, 77 mm², on-package, 102 GB/s).

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 5 - 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Performance

Compared to the Core i7-4850HQ, the 4860HQ is clocked just 100 MHz higher and therefore only slightly faster. Overall, the performance is similar to the Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3840QM. Even extremly demanding software or multitasking will be handled easily.

Graphics

The integrated Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU offers 40 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1200 MHz (Turbo clock not confirmed yet), making it significantly faster than the HD 4000 or HD 4600. The additional eDRAM memory further improves performance. As a result, the HD 5200 competes with dedicated mid-range graphics cards like the GeForce GT 740M.

Power Consumption

The i7-4860HQ is rated at a TDP of 47 W including the integrated graphics card, memory controller and VRMs.  Therefore, the CPU is best suited for laptops 15-inches or greater.

ModelIntel Core i7-4550UIntel Core i7-4712HQIntel Core i7-4860HQ
SeriesIntel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
CodenameHaswellHaswellHaswell
Series: Core i7 Haswell
Intel Core i7-4940MX3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4930MX3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4610M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4600M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4578U3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4558U2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4650U1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4510U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4500U1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4550U « 1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4610Y1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4940MX3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4930MX3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4712HQ « 2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4610M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4600M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4578U3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4558U2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4650U1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4510U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4500U1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4550U1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4610Y1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4940MX3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4930MX3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4860HQ « 2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4610M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4600M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4578U3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4558U2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4650U1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4510U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4500U1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4550U1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-4610Y1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Clock1500 - 3000 MHz2300 - 3300 MHz2400 - 3600 MHz
L1 Cache128 KB256 KB256 KB
L2 Cache512 KB1 MB1 MB
L3 Cache4 MB6 MB6 MB
Cores / Threads2 / 44 / 84 / 8
TDP15 Watt37 Watt47 Watt
Transistors1300 Million1400 Million1700 Million
Technology22 nm22 nm22 nm
Die Size181 mm2177 mm2260 mm2
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
FeaturesHD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIHD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1150 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIIris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1150 MHz)Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Core i7 4550UIntel Core i7 4712HQIntel Core i7 4860HQ
SocketFCBGA1364FCBGA1364
$378 U.S.$434 U.S.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
1 4550U +
253 Points (3%)
205%
1 4712HQ +
min: 470     avg: 518     median: 517.5 (5%)     max: 565 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
1 4550U +
118 Points (36%)
103%
1 4712HQ +
min: 118     avg: 121.5     median: 121.5 (37%)     max: 125 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
2.8 Points (4%)
min: 5.11     avg: 5.8     median: 5.8 (8%)     max: 6.4 Points
6.9 Points (10%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
1 4550U +
1.3 Points (4%)
107%
1 4712HQ +
min: 1.41     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (5%)     max: 1.44 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
1 4550U +
4395 Points (36%)
101%
1 4712HQ +
4445 Points (36%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
1 4550U +
8715 Points (10%)
160%
1 4712HQ +
13918 Points (16%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 4550U +
11317 Points (8%)
200%
1 4712HQ +
22609 Points (16%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 4550U +
5835 Points (32%)
106%
1 4712HQ +
6205 Points (34%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 4550U +
2482 Points (14%)
160%
1 4712HQ +
3962 Points (23%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 4550U +
15.9 fps (6%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 4550U +
90.8 fps (21%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 4550U +
0.1 GB/s (0%)
225%
1 4712HQ +
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 4550U +
0.3 GB/s (0%)
200%
1 4712HQ +
0.5 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 4550U +
1.6 GB/s (0%)
213%
1 4712HQ +
3.4 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 4550U +
3443 Points (7%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
1 4550U +
12.3 s (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
1 4550U +
28 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
1 4550U +
633 s (3%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 4550U +
8506 Points (8%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 4550U +
3447 Points (9%)
203%
1 4712HQ +
min: 6444     avg: 6991     median: 6991 (19%)     max: 7538 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 4550U +
26023 Points (17%)
141%
1 4712HQ +
min: 34103     avg: 36739     median: 36739 (24%)     max: 39375 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
100%
1 4550U +
2621 Points (7%)
209%
1 4712HQ +
min: 5121     avg: 5467     median: 5466.5 (14%)     max: 5812 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
100%
1 4550U +
3719 Points (7%)
208%
1 4712HQ +
min: 7183     avg: 7749     median: 7749 (14%)     max: 8315 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
100%
1 4550U +
8199 Points (66%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
100%
1 4550U +
7229 Points (66%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
100%
1 4550U +
6476 Points (13%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
100%
1 4550U +
5744 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 4550U +
6542 Points (17%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 4550U +
2301 ms (3%)
75%
1 4712HQ +
23050 ms (27%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 4550U +
103.3 ms (1%)
100%
1 4712HQ +
98 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
1 4550U +
14209 Points (15%)
98%
1 4712HQ +
13958 Points (14%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4550U → 100% n=1

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4712HQ → 207% n=1

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4860HQ → 248% n=1

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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