Intel Core i7-4720HQ vs Intel Core i7-4710MQ vs Intel Core i7-4980HQ

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 i7-4710MQ

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The Intel Core i7-4710MQ 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 2.5 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.4 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.5 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. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

The performance of the Core i7-4710MQ is slightly above a similarly clocked Ivy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is similar to the Ivy Bridge based Core i7-3820QM (if the Turbo headroom is utilized completely). Even extremly demanding software or multitasking will be handled easily.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 400 MHz up to 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000.

The i7-4710MQ 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 i7-4980HQ

► remove Intel 4980HQ

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 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIHD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1150 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIIris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1300 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NI
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 491     avg: 628     median: 642 (15%)     max: 678 Points
min: 599     avg: 635     median: 645 (15%)     max: 657 Points
min: 670     avg: 694     median: 696 (16%)     max: 715 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 108     avg: 136     median: 138 (60%)     max: 144 Points
min: 119     avg: 132     median: 135 (59%)     max: 137 Points
min: 151     avg: 154     median: 154 (67%)     max: 155 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 5.48     avg: 6.9     median: 7 (16%)     max: 7.37 Points
min: 6.52     avg: 6.9     median: 7 (16%)     max: 7.17 Points
min: 7.28     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (17%)     max: 7.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.13     avg: 1.5     median: 1.6 (61%)     max: 1.61 Points
min: 1.35     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (60%)     max: 1.55 Points
min: 1.72     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (68%)     max: 1.74 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 5040     avg: 5155     median: 5145 (53%)     max: 5347
min: 4820     avg: 4976     median: 4962.5 (51%)     max: 5125
min: 5715     avg: 5755     median: 5737 (59%)     max: 5812
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 16073     avg: 19181     median: 19580 (33%)     max: 20120
min: 16637     avg: 18616     median: 18961.5 (32%)     max: 19450
min: 20150     avg: 21094     median: 21137 (36%)     max: 21995
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 21986     avg: 24799     median: 25500 (30%)     max: 26382 Points
min: 24653     avg: 24774     median: 24773.5 (29%)     max: 24894 Points
27949 Points (32%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 6519     avg: 6775     median: 6732 (59%)     max: 6964 Points
min: 6511     avg: 6573     median: 6573 (58%)     max: 6635 Points
7603 Points (67%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 221.718     avg: 245     median: 240.8 (3%)     max: 287.149 s
259 s (3%)
224 s (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 7.154     avg: 7.5     median: 7.3 (1%)     max: 8.124 s
min: 7.154     avg: 7.5     median: 7.3 (1%)     max: 8.124 s
6.7 s (1%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
4281 (44%)
4281 (44%)
4281 (44%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 32     avg: 37.7     median: 37.8 (23%)     max: 41 fps
min: 32     avg: 37.7     median: 37.8 (23%)     max: 41 fps
min: 40     avg: 40.7     median: 40.7 (24%)     max: 41.4 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 117     avg: 149     median: 152.4 (53%)     max: 159.31 fps
min: 117     avg: 149.2     median: 152.4 (53%)     max: 159.31 fps
min: 172     avg: 174     median: 174 (60%)     max: 176 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.342     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.364 GB/s
min: 0.342     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.364 GB/s
0.4 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.602     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.645 GB/s
min: 0.602     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.645 GB/s
0.7 GB/s (1%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 2.5     avg: 3.7     median: 3.9 (0%)     max: 4 GB/s
min: 2.5     avg: 3.7     median: 3.9 (0%)     max: 4 GB/s
4.5 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 6222     avg: 6922     median: 6930 (46%)     max: 7380 Points
min: 6810     avg: 6831     median: 6830.5 (46%)     max: 6851 Points
7609 Points (51%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10     avg: 10.4     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.719 s
min: 10     avg: 10.4     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.719 s
9.3 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 23.438     avg: 24     median: 23.9 (1%)     max: 24.643 s
min: 23.438     avg: 24     median: 23.9 (1%)     max: 24.643 s
20.9 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 543     avg: 562     median: 563.1 (3%)     max: 581.396 s
567 s (3%)
481 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 22350     avg: 23619     median: 23618.5 (33%)     max: 24887 Points
min: 21613     avg: 23478     median: 24374 (34%)     max: 24446 Points
min: 22350     avg: 23618.5     median: 23618.5 (33%)     max: 24887 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 5596     avg: 7529     median: 7718 (35%)     max: 8384 Points
min: 6469     avg: 7668     median: 7979 (36%)     max: 8139 Points
min: 9244     avg: 9906     median: 10201 (46%)     max: 10272 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 29156     avg: 41134     median: 42684 (27%)     max: 46247 Points
min: 40125     avg: 42858     median: 43424 (28%)     max: 44799 Points
min: 51129     avg: 51206     median: 51206 (33%)     max: 51283 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 34245     avg: 42516     median: 44007 (52%)     max: 46027 Points
min: 34245     avg: 42516     median: 44007 (52%)     max: 46027 Points
min: 34245     avg: 42516     median: 44007 (52%)     max: 46027 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 39641     avg: 45909     median: 46222 (53%)     max: 48489 Points
min: 39641     avg: 45909.1     median: 46222 (53%)     max: 48489 Points
min: 39641     avg: 45909.1     median: 46222 (53%)     max: 48489 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 4159     avg: 5981     median: 6048 (15%)     max: 6845 Points
min: 5865     avg: 6475     median: 6577 (17%)     max: 6889 Points
min: 5722     avg: 6790     median: 7150 (18%)     max: 7497 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 6388     avg: 8643     median: 9059 (28%)     max: 9561 Points
min: 8299     avg: 9017     median: 9219 (29%)     max: 9381 Points
min: 9636     avg: 10237     median: 10441 (33%)     max: 10635 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
min: 10551     avg: 12015     median: 12295.5 (22%)     max: 12654
10955 (19%)
min: 10551     avg: 12015     median: 12295.5 (22%)     max: 12654
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
min: 3069     avg: 3284     median: 3320.5 (68%)     max: 3407
2992 (61%)
min: 3069     avg: 3284.4     median: 3320.5 (68%)     max: 3407
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 12956     avg: 13054     median: 13053.5 (20%)     max: 13151
min: 12956     avg: 13053.5     median: 13053.5 (20%)     max: 13151
min: 12956     avg: 13053.5     median: 13053.5 (20%)     max: 13151
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 3503     avg: 3522     median: 3522 (72%)     max: 3541
min: 3503     avg: 3522     median: 3522 (72%)     max: 3541
min: 3503     avg: 3522     median: 3522 (72%)     max: 3541
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 1127.8     avg: 1955     median: 1955.8 (3%)     max: 2654.6 ms
min: 1991     avg: 2002     median: 2002.1 (3%)     max: 2013.1 ms
1729 ms (3%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 81.1     avg: 98.1     median: 84.5 (1%)     max: 180.4 ms
min: 84     avg: 88.7     median: 88.7 (1%)     max: 93.3 ms
73.1 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 12288     avg: 17470     median: 16616 (28%)     max: 31282 Points
min: 15924     avg: 16285     median: 16285 (27%)     max: 16646 Points
19045 Points (32%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4720HQ → 100% n=34

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4710MQ → 99% n=34

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4980HQ → 107% n=34

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