Intel Core i7-4600U vs Intel Core i7-4720HQ vs Intel Core i7-4610Y

Intel Core i7-4600U

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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 i7-4720HQ

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The Intel Core i7-4720HQ 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 2.6 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.5 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.6 GHz (for 1 active core). Compared to the previous i7-4710HQ, the i7-4720HQ is clocked exactly 100 MHz higher.

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. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Performance

The performance of the Core i7-4720HQ is similar to the Core i7-4860HQ or the Ivy Bridge-based i7-3840QM. Even extremly demanding software or multitasking will be handled easily.

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 400 MHz up to 1200 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000 and comparable to a dedicated GeForce 820M.

Power Consumption

The i7-4720HQ 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 i7-4610Y

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The Intel Core i7-4610Y is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for ultrabooks and tablets 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 1.7 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz.

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 performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Performance

Depending on the benchmark, the Core i7-4610Y offers a performance somewhere between a Core i3-2330M and a Core i7-4500U. Due to TDP limits, the full Turbo Boost will be only active for very short periods of time or in single-thread benchmarks. Overall, the CPU has sufficient power for office and multimedia purposes as well as more demanding applications.

Graphics

The integrated HD Graphics 4200 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 850 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it somewhat faster than the former HD Graphics 4000 at similar clock speeds. However, the HD 4200 is significantly slower than the HD 4400 found on other ULV models with higher clocks and TDP.

Power Consumption

The i7-4610Y is rated at a TDP of 11.5 watts (SDP 6 watts) including the graphics card, memory controller, VRMs and the integrated chipset. Therefore, the CPU is suited for very small ultrabooks or tablets.

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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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181 mm2177 mm2
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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 - 1200 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIHD Graphics 4200 (200 - 850 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4200 (200 - 850 MHz)
$398 U.S.$378 U.S.$415 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600UIntel Core i7 4720HQIntel Core i7 4610Y

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 146     avg: 238.8     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
min: 491     avg: 628.2     median: 642 (15%)     max: 678 Points
192 Points (4%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 85     avg: 118.4     median: 124 (57%)     max: 129 Points
min: 108     avg: 135.6     median: 138 (63%)     max: 144 Points
107 Points (49%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (10%)     max: 2.95 Points
min: 5.48     avg: 6.9     median: 7 (26%)     max: 7.37 Points
2.2 Points (8%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (58%)     max: 1.46 Points
min: 1.13     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (64%)     max: 1.61 Points
1.2 Points (51%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3265     avg: 4527.1     median: 4668.5 (51%)     max: 4744 Points
min: 5040     avg: 5155.5     median: 5145 (56%)     max: 5347 Points
4140 Points (45%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 5576     avg: 8373.7     median: 8444 (17%)     max: 9345 Points
min: 16073     avg: 19181.2     median: 19580 (39%)     max: 20120 Points
6762 Points (14%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 7006     avg: 10838.6     median: 11221 (15%)     max: 12107 Points
min: 21986     avg: 24798.8     median: 25500 (34%)     max: 26382 Points
8659 Points (11%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4245     avg: 5913.7     median: 6060.5 (59%)     max: 6336 Points
min: 6519     avg: 6774.8     median: 6732 (65%)     max: 6964 Points
4968 Points (48%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 579.7     avg: 620.4     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 seconds
min: 221.718     avg: 245.2     median: 240.8 (3%)     max: 287.149 seconds
751.7 seconds (9%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 seconds
min: 7.154     avg: 7.5     median: 7.3 (1%)     max: 8.124 seconds
19.7 seconds (4%)
WinRAR - Result
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (29%)     max: 2643 KB/s
4281 KB/s (50%)
2140 KB/s (25%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 14.3     avg: 15.8     median: 16.3 (0%)     max: 16.68 fps
min: 32     avg: 37.7     median: 37.8 (1%)     max: 41 fps
12.4 fps (0%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 77.5     avg: 90.4     median: 91.7 (34%)     max: 97.5 fps
min: 117     avg: 149.2     median: 152.4 (56%)     max: 159.31 fps
72.5 fps (27%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.159     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (8%)     max: 0.16 GB/s
min: 0.342     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (19%)     max: 0.364 GB/s
0.1 GB/s (7%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.272     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (9%)     max: 0.282 GB/s
min: 0.602     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (21%)     max: 0.645 GB/s
0.2 GB/s (8%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (9%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
min: 2.5     avg: 3.7     median: 3.9 (20%)     max: 4 GB/s
1.4 GB/s (7%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2805     avg: 3303.5     median: 3223 (22%)     max: 3788 Points
min: 6222     avg: 6921.8     median: 6930 (48%)     max: 7380 Points
2735 Points (19%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11.314     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
min: 10     avg: 10.4     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.719 Seconds
13 Seconds (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26.072     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
min: 23.438     avg: 24     median: 23.9 (1%)     max: 24.643 Seconds
29 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 595.952     avg: 605.5     median: 602.1 (3%)     max: 624 Seconds
min: 543     avg: 562.4     median: 563.1 (3%)     max: 581.396 Seconds
677.3 Seconds (3%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 11500     avg: 24640     median: 24640 (19%)     max: 37780 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 5     avg: 6.1     median: 6.1 (78%)     max: 7.1 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 8308     avg: 9060.1     median: 8679 (15%)     max: 10541 Points
min: 22350     avg: 23618.5     median: 23618.5 (40%)     max: 24887 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 2930     avg: 3511.3     median: 3423.5 (18%)     max: 4329 points
min: 5596     avg: 7528.9     median: 7718 (42%)     max: 8384 points
2811 points (15%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 14184     avg: 28863.4     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
min: 29156     avg: 41133.6     median: 42684 (27%)     max: 46247 Points
24264 Points (16%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 34245     avg: 42516     median: 44007 (52%)     max: 46027 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 39641     avg: 45909.1     median: 46222 (53%)     max: 48489 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2156     avg: 2699.9     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
min: 4159     avg: 5980.6     median: 6048 (15%)     max: 6845 Points
2177 Points (6%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3083     avg: 4233.9     median: 3893 (14%)     max: 9435 Points
min: 6388     avg: 8643     median: 9059 (33%)     max: 9561 Points
3070 Points (11%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 5128     avg: 6656     median: 6656 (54%)     max: 8184 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 5175     avg: 6260.5     median: 6260.5 (57%)     max: 7346 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
min: 6941     avg: 7086.5     median: 7086.5 (20%)     max: 7232 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 6216     avg: 6289.5     median: 6289.5 (19%)     max: 6363 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 6162     avg: 6603.5     median: 6603.5 (25%)     max: 7045 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
6078 Points (20%)
min: 10551     avg: 12015     median: 12295.5 (39%)     max: 12654 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
3095 Points (64%)
min: 3069     avg: 3284.4     median: 3320.5 (69%)     max: 3407 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 12956     avg: 13053.5     median: 13053.5 (35%)     max: 13151 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3503     avg: 3522     median: 3522 (72%)     max: 3541 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1127.8     avg: 1954.6     median: 1955.8 (3%)     max: 2654.6 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
161.2 ms (2%)
min: 81.1     avg: 98.1     median: 84.5 (1%)     max: 180.4 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
23947 Points (48%)
min: 12288     avg: 17469.8     median: 16616 (33%)     max: 31282 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600U → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4720HQ → 161%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4610Y → 86%

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