Intel Core i7-4600U vs Intel Core i7-4550U vs Intel Core i7-4900MQ

Intel Core i7-4600U

► remove from comparison Intel 4600U

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 i7-4550U

► remove from comparison Intel 4550U

The Intel Core i7-4550U 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 1.5 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 i7-4550U 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 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 i7-4550U 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 i7-4900MQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4900MQ

The Intel Core i7-4900MQ 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 2.8 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).

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 overall performance has been improved slightly compared to Ivy Bridge. Therefore, the 4900MQ is about 10 % faster than the former i7-3840QM.

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 i7-4900MQ 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 i7-4600UIntel Core i7-4550UIntel Core i7-4900MQ
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Series: 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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FCBGA1168rPGA
HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 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, AES-NIHD Graphics 4600 (400- 1300 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$398 U.S.$568 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600UIntel Core i7 4550UIntel Core i7 4900MQ

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 146     avg: 239     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
253 Points (6%)
641 Points (14%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 85     avg: 118     median: 124 (46%)     max: 129 Points
118 Points (43%)
145 Points (53%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (5%)     max: 2.95 Points
2.8 Points (6%)
min: 6.96     avg: 7.2     median: 7.1 (14%)     max: 7.45 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (45%)     max: 1.46 Points
1.3 Points (42%)
min: 1.66     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (53%)     max: 1.7 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3265     avg: 4527     median: 4668.5 (42%)     max: 4744
4395 (39%)
min: 5337     avg: 5478     median: 5470 (49%)     max: 5609
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 5576     avg: 8374     median: 8444 (14%)     max: 9345
8715 (15%)
min: 18993     avg: 20036     median: 20313 (34%)     max: 20617
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 7006     avg: 10839     median: 11221 (11%)     max: 12107 Points
11317 Points (11%)
min: 24686     avg: 25926     median: 25752 (25%)     max: 27537 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4245     avg: 5914     median: 6060.5 (46%)     max: 6336 Points
5835 Points (44%)
min: 7112     avg: 7270     median: 7310 (55%)     max: 7395 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 4600U +
min: 579.7     avg: 620     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 s
105%
1 4900MQ +
min: 228     avg: 243     median: 240 (3%)     max: 262.424 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 4600U +
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 s
102%
1 4900MQ +
min: 7     avg: 7.6     median: 7.6 (2%)     max: 8.034 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (16%)     max: 2643
2482 (16%)
min: 4912     avg: 5048     median: 5047.5 (32%)     max: 5183
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 14.3     avg: 15.8     median: 16.3 (7%)     max: 16.68 fps
15.9 fps (7%)
min: 38.4     avg: 39.8     median: 38.7 (17%)     max: 42.33 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 77.5     avg: 90.4     median: 91.7 (27%)     max: 97.5 fps
90.8 fps (27%)
min: 138.495     avg: 153     median: 157 (46%)     max: 162.48 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.159     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (7%)     max: 0.16 GB/s
0.1 GB/s (6%)
min: 0.335     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (15%)     max: 0.382 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.272     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (8%)     max: 0.282 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (7%)
min: 0.607     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (16%)     max: 0.672 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (6%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
1.6 GB/s (6%)
min: 3.8     avg: 4     median: 4 (15%)     max: 4.2 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2805     avg: 3303     median: 3223 (18%)     max: 3788 Points
3443 Points (19%)
min: 6950     avg: 7196     median: 7184.5 (40%)     max: 7376 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11.314     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (2%)     max: 12 s
12.3 s (3%)
min: 9.578     avg: 9.9     median: 9.8 (2%)     max: 10.8 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26.072     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 27 s
28 s (1%)
min: 21.453     avg: 22.4     median: 22 (1%)     max: 24.2 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 595.952     avg: 606     median: 602.1 (3%)     max: 624 s
633 s (3%)
min: 510.678     avg: 541     median: 534.5 (2%)     max: 579 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 4600U +
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
317%
1 4900MQ +
min: 108410     avg: 122473     median: 114285 (54%)     max: 152910 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 4600U +
min: 11500     avg: 24640     median: 24640 (19%)     max: 37780 MFLOPS
349%
1 4900MQ +
min: 84000     avg: 86805     median: 86110 (66%)     max: 91000 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5     avg: 6.1     median: 6.1 (78%)     max: 7.1 Points
127%
1 4900MQ +
7.7 Points (99%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 8308     avg: 9060     median: 8679 (10%)     max: 10541 Points
8506 Points (10%)
min: 24227     avg: 24814     median: 24877 (29%)     max: 25454 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 2930     avg: 3511     median: 3423.5 (14%)     max: 4329 Points
3447 Points (14%)
min: 6643     avg: 8382     median: 8490 (35%)     max: 9521 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 14184     avg: 28863     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
26023 Points (17%)
min: 43074     avg: 46858     median: 46272 (30%)     max: 50108 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 2156     avg: 2700     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
2621 Points (7%)
min: 6255     avg: 6852     median: 6751.5 (17%)     max: 7467 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 3083     avg: 4234     median: 3893 (10%)     max: 9435 Points
3719 Points (9%)
min: 8836     avg: 9536     median: 9567 (24%)     max: 10157 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
min: 5128     avg: 6656     median: 6656 (54%)     max: 8184 Points
8199 Points (66%)
min: 8144     avg: 8310     median: 8309.5 (67%)     max: 8475 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
min: 5175     avg: 6261     median: 6260.5 (57%)     max: 7346 Points
7229 Points (66%)
min: 7236     avg: 7520     median: 7519.5 (68%)     max: 7803 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
min: 6941     avg: 7087     median: 7086.5 (14%)     max: 7232 Points
6476 Points (13%)
min: 12985     avg: 13573     median: 13573 (27%)     max: 14161 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
min: 6216     avg: 6290     median: 6289.5 (13%)     max: 6363 Points
5744 Points (12%)
min: 11736     avg: 12223     median: 12222.5 (25%)     max: 12709 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
min: 6162     avg: 6604     median: 6603.5 (17%)     max: 7045 Points
6542 Points (17%)
min: 10913     avg: 11363     median: 11362.5 (30%)     max: 11812 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 4600U +
6078 (11%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 4600U +
3095 (64%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 4550U +
2301 ms (4%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
161 ms (2%)
103 ms (1%)
258 ms (3%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
1 4600U +
23947 Points (38%)
59%
1 4550U +
14209 Points (23%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600U → 100% n=29

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4550U → 99% n=29

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4900MQ → 185% n=29

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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