Intel Core i7-4600U vs Intel Core i7-4800MQ vs Intel Core i7-4860HQ

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 i7-4800MQ

► remove from comparison 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 i7-4860HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4860HQ

The Intel Core i7-4860HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q1 2014. 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 3.4 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.5 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.6 GHz (for 1 active core). The 2C/4C Turbo clocks have not been confirmed yet. A noteworthy feature is the fast integrated graphics unit (GT3e) with eDRAM memory (128 MB, 77 mm², on-package, 102 GB/s).

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 the performance per clock by 5 - 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Performance

Compared to the Core i7-4850HQ, the 4860HQ is clocked just 100 MHz higher and therefore only slightly faster. Overall, the performance is similar to the Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3840QM. Even extremly demanding software or multitasking will be handled easily.

Graphics

The integrated Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU offers 40 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1200 MHz (Turbo clock not confirmed yet), 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 like the GeForce GT 740M.

Power Consumption

The i7-4860HQ 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 i7-4600UIntel Core i7-4800MQIntel Core i7-4860HQ
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Series: 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-NIIris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 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 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz)Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 MHz)
$398 U.S.$378 U.S.$434 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4600UIntel Core i7 4800MQIntel Core i7 4860HQ

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 146     avg: 239     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
267%
1 4800MQ +
min: 529     avg: 648     median: 663 (15%)     max: 684 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 85     avg: 118     median: 124 (54%)     max: 129 Points
115%
1 4800MQ +
min: 137     avg: 141     median: 142 (62%)     max: 145 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (6%)     max: 2.95 Points
min: 5.49     avg: 7.1     median: 7.2 (16%)     max: 7.61 Points
6.9 Points (16%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (55%)     max: 1.46 Points
115%
1 4800MQ +
min: 1.55     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (64%)     max: 1.68 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 3265     avg: 4527     median: 4668.5 (48%)     max: 4744 Points
112%
1 4800MQ +
min: 5009     avg: 5210     median: 5233 (54%)     max: 5428 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5576     avg: 8374     median: 8444 (14%)     max: 9345 Points
238%
1 4800MQ +
min: 15633     avg: 19353     median: 20089 (34%)     max: 20736 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 7006     avg: 10839     median: 11221 (13%)     max: 12107 Points
235%
1 4800MQ +
min: 21426     avg: 25633     median: 26343 (31%)     max: 27104 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4600U +
min: 4245     avg: 5914     median: 6060.5 (56%)     max: 6336 Points
116%
1 4800MQ +
min: 6602     avg: 6993     median: 7052 (66%)     max: 7270 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 4600U +
min: 579.7     avg: 620     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 seconds
105%
1 4800MQ +
min: 224.985     avg: 253     median: 245.6 (3%)     max: 286.7 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 4600U +
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 seconds
102%
1 4800MQ +
min: 6.955     avg: 8     median: 7.7 (2%)     max: 9.7 seconds
WinRAR - Result
100%
1 4600U +
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (26%)     max: 2643 KB/s
179%
1 4800MQ +
min: 4431     avg: 4589     median: 4473 (46%)     max: 4862 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
255%
1 4800MQ +
min: 34.6     avg: 39.9     median: 41.5 (25%)     max: 42 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
175%
1 4800MQ +
min: 143.2     avg: 157     median: 160.1 (55%)     max: 163 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
100%
1 4600U +
min: 0.159     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.16 GB/s
232%
1 4800MQ +
min: 0.313     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.424 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
1 4600U +
min: 0.272     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.282 GB/s
232%
1 4800MQ +
min: 0.522     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.723 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
1 4600U +
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (0%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
238%
1 4800MQ +
min: 3.3     avg: 4     median: 4.1 (0%)     max: 4.4 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
1 4600U +
min: 2805     avg: 3303     median: 3223 (22%)     max: 3788 Points
225%
1 4800MQ +
min: 5411     avg: 7049     median: 7265 (49%)     max: 7585 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 4800MQ +
min: 9.86     avg: 10.2     median: 10 (2%)     max: 11.148 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 4800MQ +
min: 22.61     avg: 23.3     median: 23.1 (1%)     max: 24.982 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 4800MQ +
min: 523.414     avg: 536     median: 535 (2%)     max: 552.272 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - Dhrystone
100%
1 4600U +
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
289%
1 4800MQ +
min: 152.56     avg: 92658     median: 103935 (49%)     max: 162610 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - Whetstone
100%
1 4600U +
min: 11500     avg: 24640     median: 24640 (19%)     max: 37780 MFLOPS
330%
1 4800MQ +
min: 86.67     avg: 63357     median: 81295 (62%)     max: 90750 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5     avg: 6.1     median: 6.1 (78%)     max: 7.1 points
127%
1 4800MQ +
min: 7.4     avg: 7.6     median: 7.7 (99%)     max: 7.8 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
1 4600U +
min: 8308     avg: 9060     median: 8679 (12%)     max: 10541 Points
279%
1 4800MQ +
min: 19618     avg: 23880     median: 24234 (34%)     max: 25503 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4600U +
min: 2930     avg: 3511     median: 3423.5 (15%)     max: 4329 points
231%
1 4800MQ +
min: 6888     avg: 7843     median: 7896 (36%)     max: 9169 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4600U +
min: 14184     avg: 28863     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
153%
1 4800MQ +
min: 33398     avg: 44630     median: 46157 (30%)     max: 48964 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 36993     avg: 44305     median: 46378.5 (55%)     max: 47470 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
1 4800MQ +
min: 47915     avg: 48106     median: 48105.5 (56%)     max: 48296 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4600U +
min: 2156     avg: 2700     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
257%
1 4800MQ +
min: 5427     avg: 6590     median: 6686 (17%)     max: 7326 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4600U +
min: 3083     avg: 4234     median: 3893 (12%)     max: 9435 Points
245%
1 4800MQ +
min: 7609     avg: 9333     median: 9544 (30%)     max: 10005 Points
3DMark - Time Spy CPU 2560x1440
100%
1 4800MQ +
3276 Points (23%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5128     avg: 6656     median: 6656 (54%)     max: 8184 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5175     avg: 6261     median: 6260.5 (57%)     max: 7346 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
1 4600U +
min: 6941     avg: 7087     median: 7086.5 (14%)     max: 7232 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
1 4600U +
min: 6216     avg: 6290     median: 6289.5 (13%)     max: 6363 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
1 4600U +
min: 6162     avg: 6604     median: 6603.5 (17%)     max: 7045 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4600U +
6078 Points (11%)
210%
1 4800MQ +
12753 Points (23%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4600U +
3095 Points (64%)
108%
1 4800MQ +
3355 Points (69%)
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=1

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4800MQ → 270% n=1

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4860HQ → 258% n=1

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