Intel Core i7-4600U vs Intel Core i7-4800MQ vs Intel Core i7-4500U

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 i7-4800MQ

► 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 i7-4500U

► remove Intel 4500U

The Intel Core i7-4500U 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 1.8 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 i7-4500U 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 4400 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it somewhat faster than the former HD Graphics 4000. However, the HD 4400 is significantly slower than the HD 5000 found on a number of other ULV models.

The i7-4500U 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 i7-4600UIntel Core i7-4800MQIntel Core i7-4500U
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
HaswellHaswellHaswell
: 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
2100 - 3300 MHz2700 - 3700 MHz1800 - 3000 MHz
128 KB256 KB128 KB
512 KB1 MB512 KB
4 MB6 MB4 MB
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1300 1400
22 22 22
181 mm2177 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1168rPGA
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 4400 (200 - 1100 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 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)
$398 U.S.$378 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600UIntel Core i7 4800MQIntel Core i7 4500U

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 146     avg: 239     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
min: 529     avg: 648     median: 663 (15%)     max: 684 Points
min: 166     avg: 251     median: 260 (6%)     max: 274 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 85     avg: 118     median: 124 (57%)     max: 129 Points
min: 137     avg: 141     median: 142 (65%)     max: 145 Points
min: 72     avg: 113     median: 116 (53%)     max: 120 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (7%)     max: 2.95 Points
min: 5.49     avg: 7.1     median: 7.2 (19%)     max: 7.61 Points
min: 1.99     avg: 2.7     median: 2.8 (7%)     max: 2.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (58%)     max: 1.46 Points
min: 1.55     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (66%)     max: 1.68 Points
min: 0.79     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (53%)     max: 1.34 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3265     avg: 4527     median: 4668.5 (48%)     max: 4744 Points
min: 5009     avg: 5210     median: 5233 (54%)     max: 5428 Points
min: 3923     avg: 4316     median: 4343 (45%)     max: 4451 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 5576     avg: 8374     median: 8444 (14%)     max: 9345 Points
min: 15633     avg: 19353     median: 20089 (34%)     max: 20736 Points
min: 6843     avg: 8530     median: 8700 (15%)     max: 9095 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 7006     avg: 10839     median: 11221 (15%)     max: 12107 Points
min: 21426     avg: 25633     median: 26343 (35%)     max: 27104 Points
min: 8643     avg: 11042     median: 11256 (15%)     max: 11827 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4245     avg: 5914     median: 6060.5 (56%)     max: 6336 Points
min: 6602     avg: 6993     median: 7052 (66%)     max: 7270 Points
min: 5284     avg: 5707     median: 5764 (54%)     max: 5897 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 579.7     avg: 620     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 seconds
min: 224.985     avg: 253     median: 245.6 (3%)     max: 286.7 seconds
min: 566.179     avg: 646     median: 629.9 (7%)     max: 745.727 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 seconds
min: 6.955     avg: 8     median: 7.7 (2%)     max: 9.7 seconds
min: 17.734     avg: 19.8     median: 19.6 (4%)     max: 23.534 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (29%)     max: 2643 KB/s
min: 4431     avg: 4589     median: 4473 (52%)     max: 4862 KB/s
min: 2143     avg: 2678     median: 2473.5 (29%)     max: 3536 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 14.3     avg: 15.8     median: 16.3 (10%)     max: 16.68 fps
min: 34.6     avg: 39.9     median: 41.5 (26%)     max: 42 fps
min: 14.09     avg: 16.2     median: 16.4 (10%)     max: 17.26 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 77.5     avg: 90.4     median: 91.7 (33%)     max: 97.5 fps
min: 143.2     avg: 157     median: 160.1 (57%)     max: 163 fps
min: 75.33     avg: 88.9     median: 90.6 (32%)     max: 92.66 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.159     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (8%)     max: 0.16 GB/s
min: 0.313     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (20%)     max: 0.424 GB/s
min: 0.117     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (8%)     max: 0.145 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.272     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.282 GB/s
min: 0.522     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.723 GB/s
min: 0.208     avg: 0.2     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.256 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (9%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
min: 3.3     avg: 4     median: 4.1 (21%)     max: 4.4 GB/s
min: 1.3     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (8%)     max: 1.6 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2805     avg: 3303     median: 3223 (22%)     max: 3788 Points
min: 5411     avg: 7049     median: 7265 (49%)     max: 7585 Points
min: 2464     avg: 3241     median: 3494 (23%)     max: 3644 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11.314     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
min: 9.86     avg: 10.2     median: 10 (2%)     max: 11.148 Seconds
min: 12     avg: 13.3     median: 12.7 (3%)     max: 20.12 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26.072     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
min: 22.61     avg: 23.3     median: 23.1 (1%)     max: 24.982 Seconds
min: 27.781     avg: 31     median: 28.9 (1%)     max: 58.78 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 595.952     avg: 606     median: 602.1 (3%)     max: 624 Seconds
min: 523.414     avg: 536     median: 535 (2%)     max: 552.272 Seconds
min: 631.618     avg: 654     median: 646.7 (3%)     max: 761.85 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
min: 152.56     avg: 92658     median: 103935 (49%)     max: 162610 MIPS
min: 46370     avg: 53818     median: 53680 (25%)     max: 61540 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 11500     avg: 24640     median: 24640 (19%)     max: 37780 MFLOPS
min: 86.67     avg: 63357     median: 81295 (62%)     max: 90750 MFLOPS
min: 33000     avg: 34315     median: 34725 (27%)     max: 34810 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 5     avg: 6.1     median: 6.1 (78%)     max: 7.1 points
min: 7.4     avg: 7.6     median: 7.7 (99%)     max: 7.8 points
7.1 points (91%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 8308     avg: 9060     median: 8679 (12%)     max: 10541 Points
min: 19618     avg: 23880     median: 24234 (34%)     max: 25503 Points
min: 6321     avg: 8884     median: 9621 (13%)     max: 10014 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 2930     avg: 3511     median: 3423.5 (17%)     max: 4329 points
min: 6888     avg: 7843     median: 7896 (39%)     max: 9169 points
min: 2453     avg: 3481     median: 3555 (17%)     max: 4132 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 14184     avg: 28863     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
min: 33398     avg: 44630     median: 46157 (30%)     max: 48964 Points
min: 21459     avg: 30211     median: 31596.5 (20%)     max: 33878 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 36993     avg: 44305     median: 46378.5 (55%)     max: 47470 Points
min: 30836     avg: 32801     median: 33273 (40%)     max: 34294 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 47915     avg: 48106     median: 48105.5 (56%)     max: 48296 Points
min: 33510     avg: 34137     median: 34136.5 (39%)     max: 34763 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2156     avg: 2700     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
min: 5427     avg: 6590     median: 6686 (17%)     max: 7326 Points
min: 1987     avg: 2594     median: 2727.5 (7%)     max: 2861 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3083     avg: 4234     median: 3893 (13%)     max: 9435 Points
min: 7609     avg: 9333     median: 9544 (33%)     max: 10005 Points
min: 2155     avg: 3629     median: 3910 (13%)     max: 4056 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 5128     avg: 6656     median: 6656 (54%)     max: 8184 Points
7684 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 5175     avg: 6261     median: 6260.5 (57%)     max: 7346 Points
6872 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
min: 6941     avg: 7087     median: 7086.5 (14%)     max: 7232 Points
6390 Points (13%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 6216     avg: 6290     median: 6289.5 (13%)     max: 6363 Points
5718 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 6162     avg: 6604     median: 6603.5 (17%)     max: 7045 Points
6380 Points (17%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
6078 Points (11%)
12753 Points (23%)
min: 5225     avg: 5369     median: 5348 (9%)     max: 5534 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
3095 Points (64%)
3355 Points (70%)
min: 2659     avg: 2754     median: 2751 (57%)     max: 2851 Points
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
161 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
23947 Points (46%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600U → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4800MQ → 186%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4500U → 101%

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