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

Intel Core i7-4600U

► remove 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 i7-4600M

► 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 i7-4600UIntel Core i7-4600MIntel Core i7-4700MQ
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: Core i7 Haswell
Intel Core i7-4940MX3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-4700MQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
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HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 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-NIHD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1150 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1150 MHz)
$398 U.S.$346 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600UIntel Core i7 4600MIntel Core i7 4700MQ

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 146     avg: 239     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
310 Points (7%)
min: 532     avg: 614     median: 631 (14%)     max: 645 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 85     avg: 118     median: 124 (55%)     max: 129 Points
132 Points (59%)
min: 124     avg: 132     median: 132 (59%)     max: 136 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (6%)     max: 2.95 Points
3.4 Points (8%)
min: 5.22     avg: 6.7     median: 6.9 (16%)     max: 7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (55%)     max: 1.46 Points
1.5 Points (59%)
min: 1.27     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (59%)     max: 1.54 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 3265     avg: 4527     median: 4668.5 (48%)     max: 4744 Points
106%
1 4700MQ +
min: 3573     avg: 4861     median: 4934 (51%)     max: 5031 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5576     avg: 8374     median: 8444 (14%)     max: 9345 Points
225%
1 4700MQ +
min: 14079     avg: 18337     median: 19019 (32%)     max: 19497 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 7006     avg: 10839     median: 11221 (13%)     max: 12107 Points
218%
1 4700MQ +
min: 19383     avg: 23867     median: 24469 (28%)     max: 24869 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 4245     avg: 5914     median: 6060.5 (56%)     max: 6336 Points
108%
1 4700MQ +
min: 6281     avg: 6498     median: 6518.5 (61%)     max: 6663 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 4600U +
min: 579.7     avg: 620     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 seconds
104%
1 4700MQ +
min: 237.425     avg: 293     median: 271.5 (3%)     max: 450.237 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 4600U +
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 seconds
102%
1 4700MQ +
min: 7.628     avg: 9.3     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 14.295 seconds
WinRAR - Result
100%
1 4600U +
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (26%)     max: 2643 KB/s
171%
1 4700MQ +
min: 3777     avg: 4201     median: 4266 (44%)     max: 4561 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
1 4600U +
min: 14.3     avg: 15.8     median: 16.3 (10%)     max: 16.68 fps
238%
1 4700MQ +
min: 17.35     avg: 36.5     median: 38.7 (23%)     max: 39.71 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
1 4600U +
min: 77.5     avg: 90.4     median: 91.7 (32%)     max: 97.5 fps
161%
1 4700MQ +
min: 125.58     avg: 145     median: 148 (51%)     max: 152.6 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
100%
1 4600U +
min: 0.159     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.16 GB/s
213%
1 4700MQ +
min: 0.269     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.343 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
1 4600U +
min: 0.272     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.282 GB/s
210%
1 4700MQ +
min: 0.461     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.606 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
1 4600U +
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (0%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
218%
1 4700MQ +
min: 3     avg: 3.7     median: 3.7 (0%)     max: 3.8 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
1 4600U +
min: 2805     avg: 3303     median: 3223 (22%)     max: 3788 Points
213%
1 4700MQ +
min: 5245     avg: 6537     median: 6872 (46%)     max: 6981 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
100%
1 4600U +
min: 11.314     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 10     avg: 11.1     median: 10.8 (2%)     max: 19.628 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
100%
1 4600U +
min: 26.072     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 24     avg: 25.6     median: 24.8 (1%)     max: 41.408 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
100%
1 4600U +
min: 595.952     avg: 606     median: 602.1 (3%)     max: 624 Seconds
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 563.819     avg: 596     median: 576 (3%)     max: 838.996 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - Dhrystone
100%
1 4600U +
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
307%
1 4700MQ +
min: 90920     avg: 114085     median: 110766 (53%)     max: 145700 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - Whetstone
100%
1 4600U +
min: 11500     avg: 24640     median: 24640 (19%)     max: 37780 MFLOPS
330%
1 4700MQ +
min: 66380     avg: 78701     median: 81415 (62%)     max: 84121 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5     avg: 6.1     median: 6.1 (78%)     max: 7.1 points
126%
1 4700MQ +
7.6 points (97%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
1 4600U +
min: 8308     avg: 9060     median: 8679 (12%)     max: 10541 Points
264%
1 4700MQ +
min: 17838     avg: 22130     median: 22915 (32%)     max: 23868 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4600U +
min: 2930     avg: 3511     median: 3423.5 (15%)     max: 4329 points
215%
1 4700MQ +
min: 5187     avg: 7208     median: 7360.5 (33%)     max: 8517 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 14184     avg: 28863     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
33469 Points (22%)
min: 32842     avg: 41546     median: 42954.5 (28%)     max: 44189 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4700MQ +
min: 36671     avg: 41916     median: 43135 (51%)     max: 43507 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2156     avg: 2700     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
3166 Points (8%)
min: 4683     avg: 6117     median: 6335 (16%)     max: 6642 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3083     avg: 4234     median: 3893 (12%)     max: 9435 Points
4384 Points (14%)
min: 6241     avg: 8602     median: 8906 (28%)     max: 9104 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5128     avg: 6656     median: 6656 (54%)     max: 8184 Points
116%
1 4700MQ +
min: 5128     avg: 7459     median: 7748 (62%)     max: 8901 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5175     avg: 6261     median: 6260.5 (57%)     max: 7346 Points
117%
1 4700MQ +
min: 5070     avg: 6903     median: 7323 (66%)     max: 7942 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
1 4600U +
min: 6941     avg: 7087     median: 7086.5 (14%)     max: 7232 Points
176%
1 4700MQ +
min: 12277     avg: 12491     median: 12497 (24%)     max: 12677 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
1 4600U +
min: 6216     avg: 6290     median: 6289.5 (13%)     max: 6363 Points
179%
1 4700MQ +
min: 11008     avg: 11270     median: 11266 (23%)     max: 11428 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
1 4600U +
min: 6162     avg: 6604     median: 6603.5 (17%)     max: 7045 Points
161%
1 4700MQ +
min: 9754     avg: 10442     median: 10614 (28%)     max: 10740 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4600U +
6078 Points (11%)
198%
1 4700MQ +
min: 12008     avg: 12014     median: 12013.5 (21%)     max: 12019 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4600U +
3095 Points (64%)
104%
1 4700MQ +
min: 3185     avg: 3234     median: 3233.5 (66%)     max: 3282 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
100%
1 4700MQ +
4184 ms (7%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 4600U +
161 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
100%
1 4600U +
23947 Points (46%)

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

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600M → 115% n=7

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4700MQ → 191% n=7

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