Intel Core i7-4870HQ vs Intel Core i7-4720HQ vs Intel Core i7-4712HQ

Intel Core i7-4870HQ

► remove Intel 4870HQ

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 i7-4720HQ

► remove 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 i7-4712HQ

► remove Intel 4712HQ

The Intel Core i7-4712HQ 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 2.3 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.2 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.3 GHz (for 1 active core).

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 i7-4712HQ is similar to the Core i7-4750HQ and slightly above the Ivy Bridge-based i7-3630QM. Even very 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 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000.

Power Consumption

With a TDP of only 37 W (including graphics card, memory controller and VRMs), the Core i7-4712HQ is specified at the level of mobile dual-core CPUs. Therefore, even smaller laptops can use the Core i7.

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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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Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 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-NIHD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1150 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1150 MHz)
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Intel Core i7 4870HQIntel Core i7 4720HQIntel Core i7 4712HQ

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 589     avg: 629     median: 621 (14%)     max: 709 Points
min: 491     avg: 628     median: 642 (15%)     max: 678 Points
min: 470     avg: 518     median: 517.5 (12%)     max: 565 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 141     avg: 143     median: 143 (64%)     max: 145 Points
min: 108     avg: 136     median: 138 (62%)     max: 144 Points
min: 118     avg: 122     median: 121.5 (54%)     max: 125 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6.18     avg: 6.8     median: 6.8 (16%)     max: 7.53 Points
min: 5.48     avg: 6.9     median: 7 (16%)     max: 7.37 Points
min: 5.11     avg: 5.8     median: 5.8 (13%)     max: 6.4 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.58     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (63%)     max: 1.64 Points
min: 1.13     avg: 1.5     median: 1.6 (61%)     max: 1.61 Points
min: 1.41     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (56%)     max: 1.44 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5242     avg: 5300     median: 5300 (54%)     max: 5358 Points
min: 5040     avg: 5155     median: 5145 (53%)     max: 5347 Points
4445 Points (46%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 17747     avg: 19079     median: 19078.5 (32%)     max: 20410 Points
min: 16073     avg: 19181     median: 19580 (33%)     max: 20120 Points
13918 Points (23%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
23488 Points (27%)
min: 21986     avg: 24799     median: 25500 (30%)     max: 26382 Points
22609 Points (26%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7044 Points (65%)
min: 6519     avg: 6775     median: 6732 (63%)     max: 6964 Points
6205 Points (58%)
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 4870HQ +
385 seconds (5%)
102%
1 4720HQ +
min: 221.718     avg: 245     median: 240.8 (3%)     max: 287.149 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 4870HQ +
10.6 seconds (2%)
101%
1 4720HQ +
min: 7.154     avg: 7.5     median: 7.3 (1%)     max: 8.124 seconds
WinRAR - Result
7031 KB/s (72%)
4281 KB/s (44%)
3962 KB/s (41%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 37.03     avg: 39.5     median: 39.5 (24%)     max: 42 fps
96%
1 4720HQ +
min: 32     avg: 37.7     median: 37.8 (23%)     max: 41 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 169.33     avg: 170     median: 170 (59%)     max: 170.6 fps
90%
1 4720HQ +
min: 117     avg: 149     median: 152.4 (53%)     max: 159.31 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.37     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.376 GB/s
min: 0.342     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.364 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.65     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (1%)     max: 0.662 GB/s
min: 0.602     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.645 GB/s
0.5 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
4.2 GB/s (0%)
min: 2.5     avg: 3.7     median: 3.9 (0%)     max: 4 GB/s
3.4 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 6095     avg: 6622     median: 6621.5 (44%)     max: 7148 Points
105%
1 4720HQ +
min: 6222     avg: 6922     median: 6930 (46%)     max: 7380 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
100%
1 4870HQ +
9.9 Seconds (2%)
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 4870HQ +
22.3 Seconds (1%)
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 4870HQ +
502 Seconds (2%)
100%
1 4720HQ +
min: 543     avg: 562     median: 563.1 (3%)     max: 581.396 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 21158     avg: 22752     median: 21785 (30%)     max: 25313 Points
108%
1 4720HQ +
min: 22350     avg: 23619     median: 23618.5 (33%)     max: 24887 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 7485     avg: 8783     median: 8737.5 (39%)     max: 9690 points
min: 5596     avg: 7529     median: 7718 (35%)     max: 8384 points
min: 6444     avg: 6991     median: 6991 (32%)     max: 7538 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 43477     avg: 46195     median: 46655 (30%)     max: 49667 Points
min: 29156     avg: 41134     median: 42684 (27%)     max: 46247 Points
min: 34103     avg: 36739     median: 36739 (24%)     max: 39375 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4870HQ +
46505 Points (55%)
95%
1 4720HQ +
min: 34245     avg: 42516     median: 44007 (52%)     max: 46027 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
1 4870HQ +
53710 Points (62%)
86%
1 4720HQ +
min: 39641     avg: 45909     median: 46222 (53%)     max: 48489 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 5510     avg: 6392     median: 6543 (17%)     max: 6992 Points
min: 4159     avg: 5981     median: 6048 (15%)     max: 6845 Points
min: 5121     avg: 5467     median: 5466.5 (14%)     max: 5812 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 8053     avg: 9137     median: 9452 (30%)     max: 9885 Points
min: 6388     avg: 8643     median: 9059 (28%)     max: 9561 Points
min: 7183     avg: 7749     median: 7749 (24%)     max: 8315 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 12595     avg: 12610     median: 12609.5 (22%)     max: 12624 Points
98%
1 4720HQ +
min: 10551     avg: 12015     median: 12295.5 (22%)     max: 12654 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 3407     avg: 3415     median: 3414.5 (70%)     max: 3422 Points
97%
1 4720HQ +
min: 3069     avg: 3284     median: 3320.5 (68%)     max: 3407 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
13332 Points (21%)
98%
1 4720HQ +
min: 12956     avg: 13054     median: 13053.5 (20%)     max: 13151 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
3603 Points (73%)
98%
1 4720HQ +
min: 3503     avg: 3522     median: 3522 (72%)     max: 3541 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
1666 ms (3%)
min: 1127.8     avg: 1955     median: 1955.8 (3%)     max: 2654.6 ms
23050 ms (39%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
115 ms (1%)
min: 81.1     avg: 98.1     median: 84.5 (1%)     max: 180.4 ms
98 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
27664 Points (53%)
min: 12288     avg: 17470     median: 16616 (32%)     max: 31282 Points
13958 Points (27%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4870HQ → 100% n=19

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4720HQ → 93% n=19

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4712HQ → 80% n=19

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