Intel Core i7-4650U vs Intel Core i7-4960HQ vs Intel Core i7-4720HQ

Intel Core i7-4650U

► remove from comparison Intel 4650U

The Intel Core i7-4650U 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 1.7 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz for 1 active core or 2.9 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 alomst 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

The performance of the Core i7-4650U 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 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 i7-4650U 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 i7-4960HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4960HQ

The Intel Core i7-4960HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q3 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 2.6 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). Please note: These Turbo clocks are not confirmed yet. A noteworthy feature is the fast integrated graphics unit (GT3e) with eDRAM memory (128 MB, 77 mm², on-package, 102 GB/s).

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.

Since the turbo stages of the Core i7-4960HQ exactly match those of the i7-4900MQ, the performance should be very similar. Therefore, the CPU will match the Ivy Bridge based Core i7-3940XM and handle even the most demanding applications.

The integrated Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU offers 40 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1300 MHz (with Turbo Boost), 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.

The i7-4960HQ 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 i7-4720HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4720HQ

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 i7-4650UIntel Core i7-4960HQIntel Core i7-4720HQ
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
HaswellHaswellHaswell
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
1700 - 3300 MHz2600 - 3800 MHz2600 - 3600 MHz
128 KB256 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB1 MB
4 MB6 MB6 MB
2 / 44 / 84 / 8
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1300 1700 1400
22 22 22
181 mm2260 mm2177 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
HD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NIIris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1300 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-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (200 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz)
$454 U.S.$657 U.S.$378 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4650UIntel Core i7 4960HQIntel Core i7 4720HQ
FCBGA1364FCBGA1364

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 241     avg: 256     median: 256 (6%)     max: 271 Points
632 Points (14%)
min: 491     avg: 628     median: 642 (15%)     max: 678 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 4650U +
min: 122     avg: 123     median: 123 (53%)     max: 124 Points
112%
1 4720HQ +
min: 108     avg: 136     median: 138 (60%)     max: 144 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
1 4650U +
min: 2.5     avg: 2.7     median: 2.7 (6%)     max: 2.9 Points
265%
1 4720HQ +
min: 5.48     avg: 6.9     median: 7 (16%)     max: 7.37 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 4650U +
min: 1.36     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (55%)     max: 1.45 Points
112%
1 4720HQ +
min: 1.13     avg: 1.5     median: 1.6 (61%)     max: 1.61 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
1 4650U +
min: 4592     avg: 4694     median: 4714.5 (48%)     max: 4755 Points
109%
1 4720HQ +
min: 5040     avg: 5155     median: 5145 (53%)     max: 5347 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
1 4650U +
min: 8173     avg: 8801     median: 8620.5 (14%)     max: 9789 Points
227%
1 4720HQ +
min: 16073     avg: 19181     median: 19580 (33%)     max: 20120 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4650U +
min: 10658     avg: 11373     median: 11128.5 (13%)     max: 12576 Points
229%
1 4720HQ +
min: 21986     avg: 24799     median: 25500 (30%)     max: 26382 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4650U +
min: 5828     avg: 6190     median: 6276 (58%)     max: 6380 Points
107%
1 4720HQ +
min: 6519     avg: 6775     median: 6732 (63%)     max: 6964 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 628.19     avg: 633     median: 632.8 (7%)     max: 637.406 seconds
105%
1 4720HQ +
min: 221.718     avg: 245     median: 240.8 (3%)     max: 287.149 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 18.067     avg: 18.1     median: 18.1 (4%)     max: 18.109 seconds
102%
1 4720HQ +
min: 7.154     avg: 7.5     median: 7.3 (1%)     max: 8.124 seconds
WinRAR - Result
100%
1 4650U +
min: 2363     avg: 2442     median: 2382 (24%)     max: 2582 KB/s
180%
1 4720HQ +
4281 KB/s (44%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
1 4650U +
min: 15.37     avg: 16.6     median: 16 (10%)     max: 18.37 fps
236%
1 4720HQ +
min: 32     avg: 37.7     median: 37.8 (23%)     max: 41 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
1 4650U +
min: 84.09     avg: 89.6     median: 89.1 (31%)     max: 95.5 fps
171%
1 4720HQ +
min: 117     avg: 149     median: 152.4 (53%)     max: 159.31 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
100%
1 4650U +
min: 0.143     avg: 0.1     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.155 GB/s
236%
1 4720HQ +
min: 0.342     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.364 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
1 4650U +
min: 0.236     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.274 GB/s
231%
1 4720HQ +
min: 0.602     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.645 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
1 4650U +
min: 1.5     avg: 1.6     median: 1.7 (0%)     max: 1.7 GB/s
229%
1 4720HQ +
min: 2.5     avg: 3.7     median: 3.9 (0%)     max: 4 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
1 4650U +
min: 2698     avg: 3086     median: 3249 (22%)     max: 3312 Points
213%
1 4720HQ +
min: 6222     avg: 6922     median: 6930 (46%)     max: 7380 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11.4 (2%)     max: 11.9 Seconds
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 10     avg: 10.4     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.719 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 26.27     avg: 26.7     median: 26.7 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 23.438     avg: 24     median: 23.9 (1%)     max: 24.643 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
100%
1 4650U +
min: 593.285     avg: 603     median: 605 (3%)     max: 611.05 Seconds
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 543     avg: 562     median: 563.1 (3%)     max: 581.396 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - Dhrystone
100%
1 4650U +
min: 14230     avg: 28558     median: 28557.5 (14%)     max: 42885 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - Whetstone
100%
1 4650U +
min: 9820     avg: 19671     median: 19671 (15%)     max: 29522 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
1 4650U +
7 points (90%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
1 4650U +
min: 7058     avg: 8258     median: 8856 (12%)     max: 8861 Points
267%
1 4720HQ +
min: 22350     avg: 23619     median: 23618.5 (33%)     max: 24887 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4650U +
min: 3158     avg: 3346     median: 3360 (15%)     max: 3530 points
230%
1 4720HQ +
min: 5596     avg: 7529     median: 7718 (35%)     max: 8384 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4650U +
min: 24370     avg: 28186     median: 27147 (17%)     max: 31370 Points
157%
1 4720HQ +
min: 29156     avg: 41134     median: 42684 (27%)     max: 46247 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 34245     avg: 42516     median: 44007 (52%)     max: 46027 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 39641     avg: 45909     median: 46222 (53%)     max: 48489 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4650U +
min: 2519     avg: 2668     median: 2635 (7%)     max: 2924 Points
230%
1 4720HQ +
min: 4159     avg: 5981     median: 6048 (15%)     max: 6845 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4650U +
min: 3582     avg: 3794     median: 3735.5 (12%)     max: 4121 Points
243%
1 4720HQ +
min: 6388     avg: 8643     median: 9059 (28%)     max: 9561 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4650U +
min: 5839     avg: 5857     median: 5857 (10%)     max: 5875 Points
210%
1 4720HQ +
min: 10551     avg: 12015     median: 12295.5 (22%)     max: 12654 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4650U +
min: 3086     avg: 3089     median: 3088.5 (63%)     max: 3091 Points
108%
1 4720HQ +
min: 3069     avg: 3284     median: 3320.5 (68%)     max: 3407 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 12956     avg: 13054     median: 13053.5 (20%)     max: 13151 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 3503     avg: 3522     median: 3522 (72%)     max: 3541 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
100%
1 4650U +
2137 ms (4%)
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 1127.8     avg: 1955     median: 1955.8 (3%)     max: 2654.6 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 4650U +
97.3 ms (1%)
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 81.1     avg: 98.1     median: 84.5 (1%)     max: 180.4 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
100%
1 4650U +
15205 Points (29%)
109%
1 4720HQ +
min: 12288     avg: 17470     median: 16616 (32%)     max: 31282 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4650U → 100% n=1

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4960HQ → 247% n=1

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4720HQ → 251% n=1

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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