Intel Core i7-4650U vs Intel Core i7-4960HQ vs Intel Core i7-4980HQ

Intel Core i7-4650U

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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

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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 i7-4980HQ

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The Intel Core i7-4980HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q3 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 2.8 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.9 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 4.0 GHz (for 1 active core). 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 almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Performance

Thanks to its higher clock rates, the Core i7-4980HQ is slightly faster than the former 4960HQ. However, the Turbo Boost could be limited by the TDP under long-lasting full load, leading to a slightly lower performance compared to Extreme Editions like the i7-4940MX.

Graphics

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 (e.g. GeForce GT 740M).

Power Consumption

The i7-4980HQ 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.

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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 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-NIIris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1300 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (200 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (200 - 1300 MHz)
$454 U.S.$657 U.S.$623 U.S.
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 241     avg: 256     median: 256 (6%)     max: 271 Points
632 Points (14%)
min: 670     avg: 694     median: 696 (16%)     max: 715 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 122     avg: 123     median: 123 (56%)     max: 124 Points
min: 151     avg: 154     median: 154 (71%)     max: 155 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 2.5     avg: 2.7     median: 2.7 (7%)     max: 2.9 Points
min: 7.28     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (19%)     max: 7.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.36     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (57%)     max: 1.45 Points
min: 1.72     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (71%)     max: 1.74 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4592     avg: 4694     median: 4714.5 (48%)     max: 4755 Points
min: 5715     avg: 5755     median: 5737 (59%)     max: 5812 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 8173     avg: 8801     median: 8620.5 (14%)     max: 9789 Points
min: 20150     avg: 21094     median: 21137 (36%)     max: 21995 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 10658     avg: 11373     median: 11128.5 (15%)     max: 12576 Points
27949 Points (37%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5828     avg: 6190     median: 6276 (58%)     max: 6380 Points
7603 Points (71%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 628.19     avg: 633     median: 632.8 (7%)     max: 637.406 seconds
224 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 18.067     avg: 18.1     median: 18.1 (4%)     max: 18.109 seconds
6.7 seconds (1%)
WinRAR - Result
min: 2363     avg: 2442     median: 2382 (28%)     max: 2582 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 15.37     avg: 16.6     median: 16 (10%)     max: 18.37 fps
min: 40     avg: 40.7     median: 40.7 (26%)     max: 41.4 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 84.09     avg: 89.6     median: 89.1 (32%)     max: 95.5 fps
min: 172     avg: 174     median: 174 (62%)     max: 176 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.143     avg: 0.1     median: 0.2 (8%)     max: 0.155 GB/s
0.4 GB/s (21%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.236     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.274 GB/s
0.7 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 1.5     avg: 1.6     median: 1.7 (9%)     max: 1.7 GB/s
4.5 GB/s (23%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2698     avg: 3086     median: 3249 (22%)     max: 3312 Points
7609 Points (51%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 11.4     median: 11.4 (2%)     max: 11.9 Seconds
9.3 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26.27     avg: 26.7     median: 26.7 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
20.9 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 593.285     avg: 603     median: 605 (3%)     max: 611.05 Seconds
481 Seconds (2%)
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 14230     avg: 28558     median: 28557.5 (14%)     max: 42885 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 9820     avg: 19671     median: 19671 (15%)     max: 29522 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7 points (90%)
7.8 points (100%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 7058     avg: 8258     median: 8856 (12%)     max: 8861 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3158     avg: 3346     median: 3360 (16%)     max: 3530 points
min: 9244     avg: 9906     median: 10201 (50%)     max: 10272 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 24370     avg: 28186     median: 27147 (17%)     max: 31370 Points
min: 51129     avg: 51206     median: 51206 (33%)     max: 51283 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2519     avg: 2668     median: 2635 (7%)     max: 2924 Points
min: 5722     avg: 6790     median: 7150 (18%)     max: 7497 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3582     avg: 3794     median: 3735.5 (13%)     max: 4121 Points
min: 9636     avg: 10237     median: 10441 (36%)     max: 10635 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 5839     avg: 5857     median: 5857 (10%)     max: 5875 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3086     avg: 3089     median: 3088.5 (64%)     max: 3091 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
2137 ms (4%)
1729 ms (3%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
97.3 ms (1%)
73.1 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
15205 Points (29%)
19045 Points (36%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4650U → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4960HQ → 247%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4980HQ → 185%

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