Intel Core i7-4870HQ vs Intel Core i7-4860HQ vs Intel Core i7-4500U

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 i7-4860HQ

► remove Intel 4860HQ

The Intel Core i7-4860HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q1 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 2.4 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). The 2C/4C Turbo clocks have not been confirmed yet. 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 i7-4850HQ, the 4860HQ is clocked just 100 MHz higher and therefore only slightly faster. Overall, the performance is similar to the Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3840QM. 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 i7-4860HQ 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 i7-4500U

► remove Intel 4500U

The Intel Core i7-4500U 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 1.8 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz for 1 active core or 2.7 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 almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

The performance of the Core i7-4500U is similar to the old and slightly higher clocked Core i7-3537U. 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 4400 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it somewhat faster than the former HD Graphics 4000. However, the HD 4400 is significantly slower than the HD 5000 found on a number of other ULV models.

The i7-4500U 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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: 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-NIIris 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, AES-NI
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 589     avg: 629.1     median: 621 (14%)     max: 709 Points
min: 166     avg: 250.7     median: 260 (6%)     max: 274 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 141     avg: 142.9     median: 143 (66%)     max: 145 Points
min: 72     avg: 113     median: 116 (53%)     max: 120 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6.18     avg: 6.8     median: 6.8 (25%)     max: 7.53 Points
6.9 Points (25%)
min: 1.99     avg: 2.7     median: 2.8 (10%)     max: 2.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.58     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (66%)     max: 1.64 Points
min: 0.79     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (54%)     max: 1.34 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5242     avg: 5300     median: 5300 (58%)     max: 5358 Points
min: 3923     avg: 4316     median: 4343 (48%)     max: 4451 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 17747     avg: 19078.5     median: 19078.5 (38%)     max: 20410 Points
min: 6843     avg: 8530.3     median: 8700 (17%)     max: 9095 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
23488 Points (31%)
min: 8643     avg: 11041.9     median: 11256 (15%)     max: 11827 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7044 Points (68%)
min: 5284     avg: 5707.2     median: 5764 (56%)     max: 5897 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
384.8 seconds (5%)
min: 566.179     avg: 645.5     median: 629.9 (7%)     max: 745.727 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
10.6 seconds (2%)
min: 17.734     avg: 19.8     median: 19.6 (4%)     max: 23.534 seconds
WinRAR - Result
7031 KB/s (83%)
min: 2143     avg: 2677.7     median: 2473.5 (29%)     max: 3536 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 37.03     avg: 39.5     median: 39.5 (1%)     max: 42 fps
min: 14.09     avg: 16.2     median: 16.4 (0%)     max: 17.26 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 169.33     avg: 170     median: 170 (63%)     max: 170.6 fps
min: 75.33     avg: 88.9     median: 90.6 (34%)     max: 92.66 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.37     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (20%)     max: 0.376 GB/s
min: 0.117     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (8%)     max: 0.145 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.65     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (22%)     max: 0.662 GB/s
min: 0.208     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (9%)     max: 0.256 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
4.2 GB/s (22%)
min: 1.3     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (8%)     max: 1.6 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 6095     avg: 6621.5     median: 6621.5 (46%)     max: 7148 Points
min: 2464     avg: 3240.5     median: 3494 (24%)     max: 3644 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.9 Seconds (2%)
min: 12     avg: 13.3     median: 12.7 (3%)     max: 20.12 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.3 Seconds (1%)
min: 27.781     avg: 31     median: 28.9 (1%)     max: 58.78 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
502 Seconds (2%)
min: 631.618     avg: 654.3     median: 646.7 (3%)     max: 761.85 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 46370     avg: 53817.5     median: 53680 (25%)     max: 61540 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 33000     avg: 34315     median: 34725 (27%)     max: 34810 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
7.1 points (91%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 21158     avg: 22752     median: 21785 (36%)     max: 25313 Points
min: 6321     avg: 8883.6     median: 9621 (16%)     max: 10014 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 7485     avg: 8783     median: 8737.5 (47%)     max: 9690 points
min: 2453     avg: 3480.6     median: 3555 (19%)     max: 4132 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 43477     avg: 46195.3     median: 46655 (30%)     max: 49667 Points
min: 21459     avg: 30211     median: 31596.5 (20%)     max: 33878 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
46505 Points (55%)
min: 30836     avg: 32801     median: 33273 (40%)     max: 34294 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
53710 Points (62%)
min: 33510     avg: 34136.5     median: 34136.5 (39%)     max: 34763 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 5510     avg: 6392.1     median: 6543 (17%)     max: 6992 Points
min: 1987     avg: 2593.8     median: 2727.5 (7%)     max: 2861 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 8053     avg: 9136.6     median: 9452 (35%)     max: 9885 Points
min: 2155     avg: 3628.6     median: 3910 (14%)     max: 4056 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
7684 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
6872 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
6390 Points (18%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
5718 Points (18%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
6380 Points (24%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 12595     avg: 12609.5     median: 12609.5 (41%)     max: 12624 Points
min: 5225     avg: 5369     median: 5348 (17%)     max: 5534 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3407     avg: 3414.5     median: 3414.5 (71%)     max: 3422 Points
min: 2659     avg: 2753.7     median: 2751 (57%)     max: 2851 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
13332 Points (35%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3603 Points (73%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
1666.1 ms (3%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
114.5 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
27664 Points (56%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4870HQ → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4860HQ → 101%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4500U → 70%

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