Intel Core i7-4558U vs Intel Core i7-4700HQ vs Intel Core i7-4600U

Intel Core i7-4558U

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The Intel Core i7-4558U is a LV (low voltage) dual-core processor for large 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 2.8 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz for 1 active core or 3.2 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 i7-4558U is slightly above the older and somewhat higher clocked Core 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.

The integrated Iris Graphics 5100 offers 40 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1200 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.

The i7-4558U 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 ultrabooks 14-inches or greater.

Intel Core i7-4700HQ

► remove Intel 4700HQ

The Intel Core i7-4700HQ 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 2.4 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.3 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.4 GHz (for 1 active core).

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.

The performance of the Core i7-4700HQ is slightly above a similarly clocked Ivy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is similar to the Ivy Bridge based Core i7-3740QM.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 400 MHz up to 1200 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000.

The i7-4700HQ is rated at a TDP of 47 W including graphics card, memory controller and VRMs.  Therefore, the CPU is only suited for laptops 15-inches or greater.

Intel Core i7-4600U

► remove Intel 4600U

The Intel Core i7-4600U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for ultrabooks launched in Q3 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 2.1 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz for 1 active core (2.9 GHz for 2 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 i7-4600U is similar to the old and slightly higher clocked Core i7-3687U. However, when using new instruction sets such as AVX2, the performance can be significantly higher. Thus, the CPU has sufficient power for office and multimedia purposes as well as more demanding applications.

The integrated HD Graphics 4400 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 MHz up to 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it somewhat faster than the HD Graphics 4000 at similar clock speeds. However, the HD 4400 is a bit slower than the HD 5000 found on other ULV models (e.g. i7-4650U).

The i7-4600U 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.

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: Core i7 Haswell
Intel Core i7-4940MX3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4558U2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-4700HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
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Iris Graphics 5100 (200 - 1200 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIHD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIHD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NI
iGPUIntel Iris Graphics 5100 (200 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)
$454 U.S.$378 U.S.$398 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4558UIntel Core i7 4700HQIntel Core i7 4600U

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 464     avg: 610.9     median: 637 (15%)     max: 643 Points
min: 146     avg: 238.8     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 106     avg: 130     median: 132 (61%)     max: 135 Points
min: 85     avg: 118.4     median: 124 (57%)     max: 129 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
3.5 Points (8%)
min: 5     avg: 6.7     median: 6 (14%)     max: 7 Points
min: 1     avg: 2.6     median: 2 (5%)     max: 2 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.5 Points (73%)
1.5 Points (75%)
1.4 Points (68%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
4793 Points (49%)
min: 4716     avg: 4886     median: 4895 (50%)     max: 5003 Points
min: 3265     avg: 4527.1     median: 4668 (48%)     max: 4744 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10305 Points (16%)
min: 14329     avg: 18170     median: 18609 (28%)     max: 19260 Points
min: 5576     avg: 8373.7     median: 8444 (13%)     max: 9345 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
13800 Points (18%)
min: 18887     avg: 23512.3     median: 24321 (32%)     max: 24774 Points
min: 7006     avg: 10838.6     median: 11221 (15%)     max: 12107 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6339 Points (61%)
min: 6088     avg: 6408.3     median: 6474 (63%)     max: 6612 Points
min: 4245     avg: 5913.7     median: 6060 (59%)     max: 6336 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
510.7 seconds (6%)
min: 237     avg: 302.7     median: 291 (3%)     max: 390 seconds
min: 579     avg: 620.4     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
16.3 seconds (3%)
min: 7     avg: 9.1     median: 8 (2%)     max: 12 seconds
min: 15     avg: 16.9     median: 17 (3%)     max: 17 seconds
WinRAR - Result
2671 KB/s (31%)
4325 KB/s (51%)
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (29%)     max: 2643 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
20.4 fps (11%)
min: 29     avg: 34.4     median: 34 (19%)     max: 39 fps
min: 14     avg: 15.8     median: 16 (9%)     max: 16 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
107.2 fps (40%)
min: 121     avg: 136.1     median: 141 (52%)     max: 145 fps
min: 77     avg: 90.4     median: 91 (34%)     max: 97 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (9%)
0.3 GB/s (17%)
0.2 GB/s (8%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (10%)
0.6 GB/s (20%)
0.3 GB/s (9%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.9 GB/s (10%)
3.8 GB/s (19%)
1.7 GB/s (9%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
4264 Points (29%)
min: 5232     avg: 6572.1     median: 6758 (45%)     max: 6968 Points
min: 2805     avg: 3303.5     median: 3223 (22%)     max: 3788 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
11.2 Seconds (2%)
10.6 Seconds (2%)
min: 11     avg: 11.5     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
25.7 Seconds (1%)
24.6 Seconds (1%)
min: 26     avg: 26.4     median: 26 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
584.7 Seconds (3%)
min: 569     avg: 576.1     median: 574 (3%)     max: 587 Seconds
min: 595     avg: 605.5     median: 602 (3%)     max: 624 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
72000 MIPS (34%)
min: 109400     avg: 121793     median: 110220 (52%)     max: 145760 MIPS
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
41240 MFLOPS (32%)
min: 58480     avg: 72660     median: 78160 (60%)     max: 81340 MFLOPS
min: 11500     avg: 24640     median: 24640 (19%)     max: 37780 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 5     avg: 6.1     median: 6 (86%)     max: 7 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
11049 Points (15%)
min: 17427     avg: 21972.1     median: 22672 (32%)     max: 23555 Points
min: 8308     avg: 9060.1     median: 8679 (12%)     max: 10541 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
4037 points (21%)
min: 4232     avg: 7081.9     median: 7432 (38%)     max: 7903 points
min: 2930     avg: 3511.3     median: 3423 (18%)     max: 4329 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
33266 Points (21%)
min: 31331     avg: 42187.5     median: 42962 (28%)     max: 44252 Points
min: 14184     avg: 28863.4     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 41763     avg: 42672.5     median: 42672 (51%)     max: 43582 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
2998 Points (8%)
min: 4400     avg: 5985.1     median: 6345 (16%)     max: 6505 Points
min: 2156     avg: 2699.9     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
4549 Points (14%)
min: 6713     avg: 8718.1     median: 8903 (27%)     max: 9085 Points
min: 3083     avg: 4233.9     median: 3893 (12%)     max: 9435 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
8576 Points (69%)
min: 5128     avg: 6656     median: 6656 (54%)     max: 8184 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
7610 Points (69%)
min: 5175     avg: 6260.5     median: 6260 (57%)     max: 7346 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
7423 Points (13%)
min: 6941     avg: 7086.5     median: 7086 (12%)     max: 7232 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
6637 Points (11%)
min: 6216     avg: 6289.5     median: 6289 (11%)     max: 6363 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
7300 Points (17%)
min: 6162     avg: 6603.5     median: 6603 (15%)     max: 7045 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
6519 Points (8%)
11900 Points (15%)
6078 Points (8%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
3120 Points (64%)
3156 Points (65%)
3095 Points (63%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
1760.8 ms (3%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
161.2 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
4644 Points (9%)
23947 Points (46%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4558U → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4700HQ → 145%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600U → 99%

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