Intel Core i7-4600M vs Intel Core i7-4960HQ

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 i7-4960HQ

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The Intel Core i7-4960HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q3 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 2.6 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.7 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.8 GHz (for 1 active core). Please note: These Turbo clocks are not confirmed yet. A noteworthy feature is the fast integrated graphics unit (GT3e) with eDRAM memory (128 MB, 77 mm², on-package, 102 GB/s).

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.

Since the turbo stages of the Core i7-4960HQ exactly match those of the i7-4900MQ, the performance should be very similar. Therefore, the CPU will match the Ivy Bridge based Core i7-3940XM and handle even the most demanding applications.

The integrated Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU offers 40 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1300 MHz (with Turbo Boost), 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.

The i7-4960HQ 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.

Intel Core i7-4600MIntel Core i7-4960HQ
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
HaswellHaswell
: Core i7 Haswell
Intel Core i7-4940MX (compare)3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX (compare)3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ (compare)2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ (compare)2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ (compare)2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ (compare)2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ (compare)2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ (compare)2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ (compare)2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ (compare)2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ (compare)2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ (compare)2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ (compare)2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M (compare)3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U (compare)3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U (compare)2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U (compare)2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U (compare)1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U (compare)2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U (compare)1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U (compare)1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y (compare)1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX (compare)3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX (compare)3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ (compare)2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ (compare)2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ (compare)2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ (compare)2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ (compare)2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ (compare)2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ (compare)2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ (compare)2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ (compare)2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ (compare)2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ (compare)2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M (compare)3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U (compare)3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U (compare)2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U (compare)2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U (compare)1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U (compare)2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U (compare)1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U (compare)1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y (compare)1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
2900 - 3600 MHz2600 - 3800 MHz
128 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB
4 MB6 MB
2 / 44 / 8
37 47
960 1700
22 22
130 mm2260 mm2
100 °C100 °C
rPGAFCBGA1364
HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NIIris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1300 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 (200 - 1300 MHz)
$346 U.S.$657 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600MIntel Core i7 4960HQ

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
310 Points (7%)
632 Points (14%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
132 Points (61%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
3.4 Points (8%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.5 Points (75%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
33469 Points (22%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
3166 Points (8%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
4384 Points (13%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600M → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4960HQ → 204%

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1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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