Intel Core i7-4600M vs Intel Core i7-4800MQ vs Intel Core i7-4870HQ

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 i7-4800MQ

► remove Intel 4800MQ

The Intel Core i7-4800MQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops which has been launched in Q2/2013. 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 2.7 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.6 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.7 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, improving the performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Due to these changes, the performance has been improved slightly compared to Ivy Bridge. Therefore, the 4800MQ is about 10 % faster than the former i7-3740QM.

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 i7-4800MQ 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 i7-4870HQ

► remove Intel 4870HQ

The Intel Core i7-4870HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q3 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 2.5 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.6 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.7 GHz (for 1 active core). 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 i7-4860HQ, the 4870HQ is clocked just 100 MHz higher and therefore only slightly faster. Overall, the performance is similar to the Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3920XM. 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 i7-4870HQ 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.

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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 - 1300 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, 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 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz)Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$346 U.S.$378 U.S.$434 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600MIntel Core i7 4800MQIntel Core i7 4870HQ

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
310 Points (7%)
min: 529     avg: 648     median: 663 (15%)     max: 684 Points
min: 589     avg: 629     median: 621 (14%)     max: 709 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
132 Points (49%)
min: 137     avg: 141     median: 142 (52%)     max: 145 Points
min: 141     avg: 143     median: 143 (53%)     max: 145 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
3.4 Points (7%)
min: 5.49     avg: 7.1     median: 7.2 (15%)     max: 7.61 Points
min: 6.18     avg: 6.8     median: 6.8 (14%)     max: 7.53 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.5 Points (48%)
min: 1.55     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (52%)     max: 1.68 Points
min: 1.58     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (51%)     max: 1.64 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 5009     avg: 5210     median: 5233 (47%)     max: 5428
101%
1 4870HQ +
min: 5242     avg: 5300     median: 5300 (47%)     max: 5358
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 15633     avg: 19353     median: 20089 (34%)     max: 20736
95%
1 4870HQ +
min: 17747     avg: 19079     median: 19078.5 (32%)     max: 20410
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 21426     avg: 25633     median: 26343 (25%)     max: 27104 Points
89%
1 4870HQ +
23488 Points (22%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 6602     avg: 6993     median: 7052 (53%)     max: 7270 Points
100%
1 4870HQ +
7044 Points (53%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 224.985     avg: 253     median: 245.6 (3%)     max: 286.7 s
98%
1 4870HQ +
385 s (5%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 6.955     avg: 8     median: 7.7 (2%)     max: 9.7 s
99%
1 4870HQ +
10.6 s (2%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 4431     avg: 4589     median: 4473 (29%)     max: 4862
157%
1 4870HQ +
7031 (45%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 34.6     avg: 39.9     median: 41.5 (19%)     max: 42 fps
95%
1 4870HQ +
min: 37.03     avg: 39.5     median: 39.5 (18%)     max: 42 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 143.2     avg: 157     median: 160.1 (47%)     max: 163 fps
106%
1 4870HQ +
min: 169.33     avg: 170     median: 170 (50%)     max: 170.6 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 0.313     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.424 GB/s
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 0.37     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.376 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 0.522     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.723 GB/s
101%
1 4870HQ +
min: 0.65     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (1%)     max: 0.662 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 3.3     avg: 4     median: 4.1 (0%)     max: 4.4 GB/s
104%
1 4870HQ +
4.2 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 5411     avg: 7049     median: 7265 (40%)     max: 7585 Points
91%
1 4870HQ +
min: 6095     avg: 6622     median: 6621.5 (37%)     max: 7148 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 9.86     avg: 10.2     median: 10 (2%)     max: 11.148 s
100%
1 4870HQ +
9.9 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 22.61     avg: 23.3     median: 23.1 (1%)     max: 24.982 s
100%
1 4870HQ +
22.3 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 523.414     avg: 536     median: 535 (2%)     max: 552.272 s
100%
1 4870HQ +
502 s (2%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 152.56     avg: 92658     median: 103935 (49%)     max: 162610 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 86.67     avg: 63357     median: 81295 (62%)     max: 90750 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 7.4     avg: 7.6     median: 7.7 (99%)     max: 7.8 Points
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 19618     avg: 23880     median: 24234 (28%)     max: 25503 Points
90%
1 4870HQ +
min: 21158     avg: 22752     median: 21785 (25%)     max: 25313 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 6888     avg: 7843     median: 7896 (34%)     max: 9169 Points
111%
1 4870HQ +
min: 7485     avg: 8783     median: 8737.5 (37%)     max: 9690 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
33469 Points (22%)
min: 33398     avg: 44630     median: 46157 (30%)     max: 48964 Points
min: 43477     avg: 46195     median: 46655 (30%)     max: 49667 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 36993     avg: 44305     median: 46378.5 (49%)     max: 47470 Points
100%
1 4870HQ +
46505 Points (49%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 47915     avg: 48106     median: 48105.5 (50%)     max: 48296 Points
112%
1 4870HQ +
53710 Points (56%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
3166 Points (8%)
min: 5427     avg: 6590     median: 6686 (17%)     max: 7326 Points
min: 5510     avg: 6392     median: 6543 (17%)     max: 6992 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
4384 Points (11%)
min: 7609     avg: 9333     median: 9544 (24%)     max: 10005 Points
min: 8053     avg: 9137     median: 9452 (24%)     max: 9885 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
100%
1 4800MQ +
3276 Points (23%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 4800MQ +
12753 (23%)
99%
1 4870HQ +
min: 12595     avg: 12610     median: 12609.5 (22%)     max: 12624
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 4800MQ +
3355 (69%)
102%
1 4870HQ +
min: 3407     avg: 3415     median: 3414.5 (70%)     max: 3422
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 4870HQ +
13332 (21%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 4870HQ +
3603 (73%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 4870HQ +
1666 ms (3%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 4870HQ +
115 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
27664 Points (47%)

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

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4800MQ → 173% n=7

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4870HQ → 169% n=7

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