Intel Core i7-4600M vs Intel Core i7-4600U

Intel Core i7-4600M

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The Intel Core i7-4600M is a high-end 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 2.9 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz for 1 active core or 3.5 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 i7-4600M is about 5 - 10 % faster than the former i7-3540M.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 400 MHz up to 1300 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000.

The i7-4600M 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 i7-4600U

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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.

Intel Core i7-4600MIntel Core i7-4600U
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: Core i7 Haswell
Intel Core i7-4940MX compare3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX compare3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ compare2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ compare2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ compare2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ compare2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ compare2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ compare2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ compare2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ compare2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ compare2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ compare2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ compare2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ compare2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M compare3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U compare3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U compare2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U compare1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U compare2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U compare1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U compare1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y compare1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX compare3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX compare3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ compare2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ compare2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ compare2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ compare2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ compare2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ compare2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ compare2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ compare2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ compare2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ compare2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ compare2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ compare2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M compare3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U compare3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U compare2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U compare1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U compare2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U compare1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U compare1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y compare1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
2900 - 3600 MHz2100 - 3300 MHz
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130 mm2181 mm2
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rPGAFCBGA1168
HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NIHD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)
$346 U.S.$398 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600MIntel Core i7 4600U

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
310 Points (7%)
min: 146     avg: 239     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
132 Points (57%)
min: 85     avg: 118     median: 124 (54%)     max: 129 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
3.4 Points (8%)
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (6%)     max: 2.95 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.5 Points (59%)
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (55%)     max: 1.46 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
33469 Points (22%)
min: 14184     avg: 28863     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
3166 Points (8%)
min: 2156     avg: 2700     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
4384 Points (14%)
min: 3083     avg: 4234     median: 3893 (12%)     max: 9435 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600M → 100% n=7

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600U → 87% n=7

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