Intel Core i7-4600M vs Intel Core i7-4700MQ vs Intel Core i7-4500U

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 i7-4700MQ

► remove Intel 4700MQ

The Intel Core i7-4700MQ 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 i7-4700MQ 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 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000.

The i7-4700MQ 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 i7-4500U

► remove Intel 4500U

The Intel Core i7-4500U 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 1.8 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 i7-4500U 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 4400 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it somewhat faster than the former HD Graphics 4000. However, the HD 4400 is significantly slower than the HD 5000 found on a number of other ULV models.

The i7-4500U 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 i7-4700MQIntel Core i7-4500U
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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 4600 (400 - 1150 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, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1150 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$346 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600MIntel Core i7 4700MQIntel Core i7 4500U

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
310 Points (7%)
min: 532     avg: 614     median: 631 (14%)     max: 645 Points
min: 166     avg: 251     median: 260 (6%)     max: 274 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
132 Points (49%)
min: 124     avg: 132     median: 132 (49%)     max: 136 Points
min: 72     avg: 113     median: 116 (43%)     max: 120 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
3.4 Points (7%)
min: 5.22     avg: 6.7     median: 6.9 (14%)     max: 7 Points
min: 1.99     avg: 2.7     median: 2.8 (6%)     max: 2.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.5 Points (48%)
min: 1.27     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (48%)     max: 1.54 Points
min: 0.79     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (42%)     max: 1.34 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 3573     avg: 4861     median: 4934 (44%)     max: 5031
88%
1 4500U +
min: 3923     avg: 4316     median: 4343 (39%)     max: 4451
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 14079     avg: 18337     median: 19019 (32%)     max: 19497
46%
1 4500U +
min: 6843     avg: 8530     median: 8700 (15%)     max: 9095
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 19383     avg: 23867     median: 24469 (23%)     max: 24869 Points
46%
1 4500U +
min: 8643     avg: 11042     median: 11256 (11%)     max: 11827 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 6281     avg: 6498     median: 6518.5 (49%)     max: 6663 Points
88%
1 4500U +
min: 5284     avg: 5707     median: 5764 (43%)     max: 5897 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 237.425     avg: 293     median: 271.5 (3%)     max: 450.237 s
96%
1 4500U +
min: 566.179     avg: 646     median: 629.9 (7%)     max: 745.727 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 7.628     avg: 9.3     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 14.295 s
98%
1 4500U +
min: 17.734     avg: 19.8     median: 19.6 (4%)     max: 23.534 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 3777     avg: 4201     median: 4266 (27%)     max: 4561
58%
1 4500U +
min: 2143     avg: 2678     median: 2473.5 (16%)     max: 3536
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 17.35     avg: 36.5     median: 38.7 (18%)     max: 39.71 fps
42%
1 4500U +
min: 14.09     avg: 16.2     median: 16.4 (7%)     max: 17.26 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 125.58     avg: 145     median: 148 (44%)     max: 152.6 fps
61%
1 4500U +
min: 75.33     avg: 88.9     median: 90.6 (27%)     max: 92.66 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 0.269     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.343 GB/s
42%
1 4500U +
min: 0.117     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (0%)     max: 0.145 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 0.461     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.606 GB/s
43%
1 4500U +
min: 0.208     avg: 0.2     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.256 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 3     avg: 3.7     median: 3.7 (0%)     max: 3.8 GB/s
43%
1 4500U +
min: 1.3     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (0%)     max: 1.6 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 5245     avg: 6537     median: 6872 (38%)     max: 6981 Points
51%
1 4500U +
min: 2464     avg: 3241     median: 3494 (19%)     max: 3644 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 10     avg: 11.1     median: 10.8 (2%)     max: 19.628 s
100%
1 4500U +
min: 12     avg: 13.3     median: 12.7 (3%)     max: 20.12 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 24     avg: 25.6     median: 24.8 (1%)     max: 41.408 s
100%
1 4500U +
min: 27.781     avg: 31     median: 28.9 (1%)     max: 58.78 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 563.819     avg: 596     median: 576 (3%)     max: 838.996 s
100%
1 4500U +
min: 631.618     avg: 654     median: 646.7 (3%)     max: 761.85 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 90920     avg: 114085     median: 110766 (53%)     max: 145700 MIPS
48%
1 4500U +
min: 46370     avg: 53818     median: 53680 (25%)     max: 61540 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 66380     avg: 78701     median: 81415 (62%)     max: 84121 MFLOPS
43%
1 4500U +
min: 33000     avg: 34315     median: 34725 (27%)     max: 34810 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
1 4700MQ +
7.6 Points (97%)
93%
1 4500U +
7.1 Points (91%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 17838     avg: 22130     median: 22915 (26%)     max: 23868 Points
42%
1 4500U +
min: 6321     avg: 8884     median: 9621 (11%)     max: 10014 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 5187     avg: 7208     median: 7360.5 (31%)     max: 8517 Points
48%
1 4500U +
min: 2453     avg: 3481     median: 3555 (15%)     max: 4132 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
33469 Points (22%)
min: 32842     avg: 41546     median: 42954.5 (28%)     max: 44189 Points
min: 21459     avg: 30211     median: 31596.5 (20%)     max: 33878 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 36671     avg: 41916     median: 43135 (46%)     max: 43507 Points
77%
1 4500U +
min: 30836     avg: 32801     median: 33273 (35%)     max: 34294 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
1 4500U +
min: 33510     avg: 34137     median: 34136.5 (35%)     max: 34763 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
3166 Points (8%)
min: 4683     avg: 6117     median: 6335 (16%)     max: 6642 Points
min: 1987     avg: 2594     median: 2727.5 (7%)     max: 2861 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
4384 Points (11%)
min: 6241     avg: 8602     median: 8906 (22%)     max: 9104 Points
min: 2155     avg: 3629     median: 3910 (10%)     max: 4056 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 5128     avg: 7459     median: 7748 (62%)     max: 8901 Points
99%
1 4500U +
7684 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 5070     avg: 6903     median: 7323 (66%)     max: 7942 Points
94%
1 4500U +
6872 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 12277     avg: 12491     median: 12497 (24%)     max: 12677 Points
51%
1 4500U +
6390 Points (13%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 11008     avg: 11270     median: 11266 (23%)     max: 11428 Points
51%
1 4500U +
5718 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 9754     avg: 10442     median: 10614 (28%)     max: 10740 Points
60%
1 4500U +
6380 Points (17%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 12008     avg: 12014     median: 12013.5 (21%)     max: 12019
45%
1 4500U +
min: 5225     avg: 5369     median: 5348 (9%)     max: 5534
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 3185     avg: 3234     median: 3233.5 (66%)     max: 3282
85%
1 4500U +
min: 2659     avg: 2754     median: 2751 (56%)     max: 2851
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 4700MQ +
4184 ms (7%)

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

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4700MQ → 163% n=7

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4500U → 87% n=7

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