Intel Core i7-4870HQ vs Intel Core i7-4850HQ vs Intel Core i7-4980HQ

Intel Core i7-4870HQ

► remove from comparison 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 i7-4850HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4850HQ

The Intel Core i7-4850HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q2 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 2.3 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). 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 i7-4750HQ, the 4850HQ is clocked 300 MHz higher and therefore somewhat faster. Overall, the 4850HQ matches the slightly higher clocked i7-3740QM. 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 (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. the GeForce GT 740M.

Power Consumption

The i7-4850HQ 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

► remove from comparison 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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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
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iGPUIntel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 MHz)Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (200 - 1300 MHz)
$434 U.S.$468 U.S.$623 U.S.
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Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 589     avg: 629     median: 621 (14%)     max: 709 Points
578 Points (13%)
min: 670     avg: 694     median: 696 (16%)     max: 715 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 141     avg: 143     median: 143 (62%)     max: 145 Points
133 Points (58%)
min: 151     avg: 154     median: 154 (67%)     max: 155 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6.18     avg: 6.8     median: 6.8 (16%)     max: 7.53 Points
6.2 Points (14%)
min: 7.28     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (17%)     max: 7.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.58     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (63%)     max: 1.64 Points
1.5 Points (58%)
min: 1.72     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (68%)     max: 1.74 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5242     avg: 5300     median: 5300 (54%)     max: 5358 Points
6640 Points (68%)
min: 5715     avg: 5755     median: 5737 (59%)     max: 5812 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 17747     avg: 19079     median: 19078.5 (32%)     max: 20410 Points
22559 Points (38%)
min: 20150     avg: 21094     median: 21137 (36%)     max: 21995 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4870HQ +
23488 Points (27%)
119%
1 4980HQ +
27949 Points (32%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4870HQ +
7044 Points (62%)
108%
1 4980HQ +
7603 Points (67%)
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 4870HQ +
385 seconds (5%)
102%
1 4980HQ +
224 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 4870HQ +
10.6 seconds (2%)
101%
1 4980HQ +
6.7 seconds (1%)
WinRAR - Result
100%
1 4870HQ +
7031 KB/s (72%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 37.03     avg: 39.5     median: 39.5 (24%)     max: 42 fps
103%
1 4980HQ +
min: 40     avg: 40.7     median: 40.7 (24%)     max: 41.4 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 169.33     avg: 170     median: 170 (59%)     max: 170.6 fps
102%
1 4980HQ +
min: 172     avg: 174     median: 174 (60%)     max: 176 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 0.37     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.376 GB/s
107%
1 4980HQ +
0.4 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 0.65     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (1%)     max: 0.662 GB/s
105%
1 4980HQ +
0.7 GB/s (1%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
1 4870HQ +
4.2 GB/s (0%)
107%
1 4980HQ +
4.5 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 6095     avg: 6622     median: 6621.5 (44%)     max: 7148 Points
115%
1 4980HQ +
7609 Points (51%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
100%
1 4870HQ +
9.9 Seconds (2%)
100%
1 4980HQ +
9.3 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
100%
1 4870HQ +
22.3 Seconds (1%)
100%
1 4980HQ +
20.9 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
100%
1 4870HQ +
502 Seconds (2%)
100%
1 4980HQ +
481 Seconds (2%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
1 4980HQ +
7.8 points (100%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 21158     avg: 22752     median: 21785 (30%)     max: 25313 Points
100%
1 4850HQ +
21681 Points (30%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 7485     avg: 8783     median: 8737.5 (39%)     max: 9690 points
8151 points (37%)
min: 9244     avg: 9906     median: 10201 (46%)     max: 10272 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 43477     avg: 46195     median: 46655 (30%)     max: 49667 Points
44622 Points (29%)
min: 51129     avg: 51206     median: 51206 (33%)     max: 51283 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4870HQ +
46505 Points (55%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
1 4870HQ +
53710 Points (62%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 5510     avg: 6392     median: 6543 (17%)     max: 6992 Points
5812 Points (15%)
min: 5722     avg: 6790     median: 7150 (18%)     max: 7497 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 8053     avg: 9137     median: 9452 (30%)     max: 9885 Points
8754 Points (27%)
min: 9636     avg: 10237     median: 10441 (33%)     max: 10635 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 12595     avg: 12610     median: 12609.5 (22%)     max: 12624 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
min: 3407     avg: 3415     median: 3414.5 (70%)     max: 3422 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
13332 Points (21%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
3603 Points (73%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
100%
1 4870HQ +
1666 ms (3%)
100%
1 4980HQ +
1729 ms (3%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 4870HQ +
115 ms (1%)
100%
1 4980HQ +
73.1 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
100%
1 4870HQ +
27664 Points (52%)
69%
1 4980HQ +
19045 Points (36%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4870HQ → 100% n=10

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4850HQ → 98% n=10

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4980HQ → 110% n=10

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- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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