Intel Core i7-4870HQ vs Intel Core i7-4600U

Intel Core i7-4870HQ

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The Intel Core i7-4870HQ 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 2.5 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). 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 i7-4860HQ, the 4870HQ is clocked just 100 MHz higher and therefore only slightly faster. Overall, the performance is similar to the Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3920XM. 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 i7-4870HQ 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 i7-4600U

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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.

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Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 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, vPro, AES-NI
iGPUIntel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)
$434 U.S.$398 U.S.
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 589     avg: 629     median: 621 (14%)     max: 709 Points
min: 146     avg: 239     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 141     avg: 143     median: 143 (62%)     max: 145 Points
min: 85     avg: 118     median: 124 (54%)     max: 129 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 6.18     avg: 6.8     median: 6.8 (16%)     max: 7.53 Points
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (6%)     max: 2.95 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.58     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (63%)     max: 1.64 Points
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (55%)     max: 1.46 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 5242     avg: 5300     median: 5300 (54%)     max: 5358
min: 3265     avg: 4527     median: 4668.5 (48%)     max: 4744
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 17747     avg: 19079     median: 19078.5 (32%)     max: 20410
min: 5576     avg: 8374     median: 8444 (14%)     max: 9345
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
23488 Points (27%)
min: 7006     avg: 10839     median: 11221 (13%)     max: 12107 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
7044 Points (62%)
min: 4245     avg: 5914     median: 6060.5 (53%)     max: 6336 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
385 s (5%)
min: 579.7     avg: 620     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
10.6 s (2%)
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
7031 (72%)
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (26%)     max: 2643
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 37.03     avg: 39.5     median: 39.5 (24%)     max: 42 fps
min: 14.3     avg: 15.8     median: 16.3 (10%)     max: 16.68 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 169.33     avg: 170     median: 170 (59%)     max: 170.6 fps
min: 77.5     avg: 90.4     median: 91.7 (32%)     max: 97.5 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.37     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.376 GB/s
min: 0.159     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.16 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.65     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (1%)     max: 0.662 GB/s
min: 0.272     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.282 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
4.2 GB/s (0%)
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (0%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 6095     avg: 6622     median: 6621.5 (44%)     max: 7148 Points
min: 2805     avg: 3303     median: 3223 (22%)     max: 3788 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.9 s (2%)
min: 11.314     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (2%)     max: 12 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.3 s (1%)
min: 26.072     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 27 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
502 s (2%)
min: 595.952     avg: 606     median: 602.1 (3%)     max: 624 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 21158     avg: 22752     median: 21785 (30%)     max: 25313 Points
min: 8308     avg: 9060     median: 8679 (12%)     max: 10541 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 7485     avg: 8783     median: 8737.5 (39%)     max: 9690 Points
min: 2930     avg: 3511     median: 3423.5 (15%)     max: 4329 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 43477     avg: 46195     median: 46655 (30%)     max: 49667 Points
min: 14184     avg: 28863     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
46505 Points (55%)
46505 Points (55%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
53710 Points (62%)
53710 Points (62%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 5510     avg: 6392     median: 6543 (17%)     max: 6992 Points
min: 2156     avg: 2700     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 8053     avg: 9137     median: 9452 (30%)     max: 9885 Points
min: 3083     avg: 4234     median: 3893 (12%)     max: 9435 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
min: 12595     avg: 12610     median: 12609.5 (22%)     max: 12624
6078 (11%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
min: 3407     avg: 3415     median: 3414.5 (70%)     max: 3422
3095 (64%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
13332 (21%)
13332 (21%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
3603 (73%)
3603 (73%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
1666 ms (3%)
1666.1 ms (3%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
115 ms (1%)
161 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
27664 Points (47%)
23947 Points (40%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4870HQ → 100% n=34

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600U → 70% n=34

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