Intel Core i7-4600M vs Intel Core i7-4650U vs Intel Core i7-4720HQ

Intel Core i7-4600M

► remove Intel 4600M

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 i7-4650U

► remove Intel 4650U

The Intel Core i7-4650U 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 1.7 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz for 1 active core or 2.9 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 alomst 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

The performance of the Core i7-4650U 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 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 i7-4650U 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 i7-4720HQ

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The Intel Core i7-4720HQ 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 2.6 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). Compared to the previous i7-4710HQ, the i7-4720HQ is clocked exactly 100 MHz higher.

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 i7-4720HQ is similar to the Core i7-4860HQ or the Ivy Bridge-based i7-3840QM. Even extremly 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 1200 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000 and comparable to a dedicated GeForce 820M.

Power Consumption

The i7-4720HQ 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.

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: Core i7 Haswell
Intel Core i7-4940MX3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4650U1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-4720HQ2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
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HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NIHD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NIHD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$346 U.S.$454 U.S.$378 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600MIntel Core i7 4650UIntel Core i7 4720HQ

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
310 Points (7%)
min: 241     avg: 256     median: 256 (6%)     max: 271 Points
min: 491     avg: 628     median: 642 (14%)     max: 678 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
132 Points (49%)
min: 122     avg: 123     median: 123 (45%)     max: 124 Points
min: 108     avg: 136     median: 138 (51%)     max: 144 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
3.4 Points (7%)
min: 2.5     avg: 2.7     median: 2.7 (5%)     max: 2.9 Points
min: 5.48     avg: 6.9     median: 7 (14%)     max: 7.37 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.5 Points (48%)
min: 1.36     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (45%)     max: 1.45 Points
min: 1.13     avg: 1.5     median: 1.6 (50%)     max: 1.61 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
1 4650U +
min: 4592     avg: 4694     median: 4714.5 (42%)     max: 4755
109%
1 4720HQ +
min: 5040     avg: 5155     median: 5145 (46%)     max: 5347
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
1 4650U +
min: 8173     avg: 8801     median: 8620.5 (14%)     max: 9789
227%
1 4720HQ +
min: 16073     avg: 19181     median: 19580 (33%)     max: 20120
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 4650U +
min: 10658     avg: 11373     median: 11128.5 (11%)     max: 12576 Points
229%
1 4720HQ +
min: 21986     avg: 24799     median: 25500 (24%)     max: 26382 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 4650U +
min: 5828     avg: 6190     median: 6276 (47%)     max: 6380 Points
107%
1 4720HQ +
min: 6519     avg: 6775     median: 6732 (51%)     max: 6964 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 628.19     avg: 633     median: 632.8 (7%)     max: 637.406 s
105%
1 4720HQ +
min: 221.718     avg: 245     median: 240.8 (3%)     max: 287.149 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 18.067     avg: 18.1     median: 18.1 (4%)     max: 18.109 s
102%
1 4720HQ +
min: 7.154     avg: 7.5     median: 7.3 (1%)     max: 8.124 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 4650U +
min: 2363     avg: 2442     median: 2382 (15%)     max: 2582
180%
1 4720HQ +
4281 (27%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 4650U +
min: 15.37     avg: 16.6     median: 16 (7%)     max: 18.37 fps
236%
1 4720HQ +
min: 32     avg: 37.7     median: 37.8 (17%)     max: 41 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 4650U +
min: 84.09     avg: 89.6     median: 89.1 (26%)     max: 95.5 fps
171%
1 4720HQ +
min: 117     avg: 149     median: 152.4 (45%)     max: 159.31 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 4650U +
min: 0.143     avg: 0.1     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.155 GB/s
236%
1 4720HQ +
min: 0.342     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.364 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 4650U +
min: 0.236     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.274 GB/s
231%
1 4720HQ +
min: 0.602     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.645 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 4650U +
min: 1.5     avg: 1.6     median: 1.7 (0%)     max: 1.7 GB/s
229%
1 4720HQ +
min: 2.5     avg: 3.7     median: 3.9 (0%)     max: 4 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 4650U +
min: 2698     avg: 3086     median: 3249 (18%)     max: 3312 Points
213%
1 4720HQ +
min: 6222     avg: 6922     median: 6930 (38%)     max: 7380 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11.4 (2%)     max: 11.9 s
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 10     avg: 10.4     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.719 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 26.27     avg: 26.7     median: 26.7 (1%)     max: 27 s
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 23.438     avg: 24     median: 23.9 (1%)     max: 24.643 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 593.285     avg: 603     median: 605 (3%)     max: 611.05 s
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 543     avg: 562     median: 563.1 (3%)     max: 581.396 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 4650U +
min: 14230     avg: 28558     median: 28557.5 (14%)     max: 42885 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 4650U +
min: 9820     avg: 19671     median: 19671 (15%)     max: 29522 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
1 4650U +
7 Points (90%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 4650U +
min: 7058     avg: 8258     median: 8856 (10%)     max: 8861 Points
267%
1 4720HQ +
min: 22350     avg: 23619     median: 23618.5 (27%)     max: 24887 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 4650U +
min: 3158     avg: 3346     median: 3360 (14%)     max: 3530 Points
230%
1 4720HQ +
min: 5596     avg: 7529     median: 7718 (33%)     max: 8384 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
33469 Points (22%)
min: 24370     avg: 28186     median: 27147 (17%)     max: 31370 Points
min: 29156     avg: 41134     median: 42684 (27%)     max: 46247 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 34245     avg: 42516     median: 44007 (47%)     max: 46027 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 39641     avg: 45909     median: 46222 (48%)     max: 48489 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
3166 Points (8%)
min: 2519     avg: 2668     median: 2635 (7%)     max: 2924 Points
min: 4159     avg: 5981     median: 6048 (15%)     max: 6845 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
4384 Points (11%)
min: 3582     avg: 3794     median: 3735.5 (9%)     max: 4121 Points
min: 6388     avg: 8643     median: 9059 (23%)     max: 9561 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 4650U +
min: 5839     avg: 5857     median: 5857 (10%)     max: 5875
210%
1 4720HQ +
min: 10551     avg: 12015     median: 12295.5 (22%)     max: 12654
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 4650U +
min: 3086     avg: 3089     median: 3088.5 (63%)     max: 3091
108%
1 4720HQ +
min: 3069     avg: 3284     median: 3320.5 (68%)     max: 3407
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 12956     avg: 13054     median: 13053.5 (20%)     max: 13151
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 3503     avg: 3522     median: 3522 (72%)     max: 3541
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 4650U +
2137 ms (4%)
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 1127.8     avg: 1955     median: 1955.8 (3%)     max: 2654.6 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 4650U +
97.3 ms (1%)
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 81.1     avg: 98.1     median: 84.5 (1%)     max: 180.4 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
1 4650U +
15205 Points (24%)
109%
1 4720HQ +
min: 12288     avg: 17470     median: 16616 (27%)     max: 31282 Points

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

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4650U → 85% n=7

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4720HQ → 164% n=7

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