Intel Core i7-4900MQ vs Intel Core i7-4860HQ vs Intel Core i7-4600U

Intel Core i7-4900MQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4900MQ

The Intel Core i7-4900MQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops which has been 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 2.8 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.7 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.8 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, improving the performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Due to these changes, the overall performance has been improved slightly compared to Ivy Bridge. Therefore, the 4900MQ is about 10 % faster than the former i7-3840QM.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 400 MHz up to 1300 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000.

The i7-4900MQ 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 i7-4860HQ

► remove from comparison 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 i7-4600U

► remove from comparison Intel 4600U

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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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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HD Graphics 4600 (400- 1300 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, vPro, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1300 MHz)Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)
$568 U.S.$434 U.S.$398 U.S.
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Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
1 4900MQ +
641 Points (15%)
39%
1 4600U +
min: 146     avg: 239     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 4900MQ +
145 Points (63%)
86%
1 4600U +
min: 85     avg: 118     median: 124 (54%)     max: 129 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6.96     avg: 7.2     median: 7.1 (16%)     max: 7.45 Points
6.9 Points (16%)
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (6%)     max: 2.95 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 1.66     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (65%)     max: 1.7 Points
85%
1 4600U +
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (55%)     max: 1.46 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 5337     avg: 5478     median: 5470 (56%)     max: 5609 Points
85%
1 4600U +
min: 3265     avg: 4527     median: 4668.5 (48%)     max: 4744 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 18993     avg: 20036     median: 20313 (34%)     max: 20617 Points
42%
1 4600U +
min: 5576     avg: 8374     median: 8444 (14%)     max: 9345 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 24686     avg: 25926     median: 25752 (30%)     max: 27537 Points
44%
1 4600U +
min: 7006     avg: 10839     median: 11221 (13%)     max: 12107 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 7112     avg: 7270     median: 7310 (68%)     max: 7395 Points
83%
1 4600U +
min: 4245     avg: 5914     median: 6060.5 (56%)     max: 6336 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 228     avg: 243     median: 240 (3%)     max: 262.424 seconds
95%
1 4600U +
min: 579.7     avg: 620     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 7     avg: 7.6     median: 7.6 (2%)     max: 8.034 seconds
98%
1 4600U +
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 seconds
WinRAR - Result
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 4912     avg: 5048     median: 5047.5 (52%)     max: 5183 KB/s
49%
1 4600U +
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (26%)     max: 2643 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 38.4     avg: 39.8     median: 38.7 (23%)     max: 42.33 fps
42%
1 4600U +
min: 14.3     avg: 15.8     median: 16.3 (10%)     max: 16.68 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 138.495     avg: 153     median: 157 (54%)     max: 162.48 fps
58%
1 4600U +
min: 77.5     avg: 90.4     median: 91.7 (32%)     max: 97.5 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 0.335     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.382 GB/s
45%
1 4600U +
min: 0.159     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.16 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 0.607     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (0%)     max: 0.672 GB/s
46%
1 4600U +
min: 0.272     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.282 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 3.8     avg: 4     median: 4 (0%)     max: 4.2 GB/s
43%
1 4600U +
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (0%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 6950     avg: 7196     median: 7184.5 (48%)     max: 7376 Points
45%
1 4600U +
min: 2805     avg: 3303     median: 3223 (22%)     max: 3788 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 9.578     avg: 9.9     median: 9.8 (2%)     max: 10.8 Seconds
100%
1 4600U +
min: 11.314     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 21.453     avg: 22.4     median: 22 (1%)     max: 24.2 Seconds
100%
1 4600U +
min: 26.072     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 510.678     avg: 541     median: 534.5 (2%)     max: 579 Seconds
100%
1 4600U +
min: 595.952     avg: 606     median: 602.1 (3%)     max: 624 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - Dhrystone
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 108410     avg: 122473     median: 114285 (54%)     max: 152910 MIPS
32%
1 4600U +
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - Whetstone
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 84000     avg: 86805     median: 86110 (66%)     max: 91000 MFLOPS
29%
1 4600U +
min: 11500     avg: 24640     median: 24640 (19%)     max: 37780 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
1 4900MQ +
7.7 points (99%)
79%
1 4600U +
min: 5     avg: 6.1     median: 6.1 (78%)     max: 7.1 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 24227     avg: 24814     median: 24877 (35%)     max: 25454 Points
35%
1 4600U +
min: 8308     avg: 9060     median: 8679 (12%)     max: 10541 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 6643     avg: 8382     median: 8490 (38%)     max: 9521 points
40%
1 4600U +
min: 2930     avg: 3511     median: 3423.5 (15%)     max: 4329 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 43074     avg: 46858     median: 46272 (30%)     max: 50108 Points
65%
1 4600U +
min: 14184     avg: 28863     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 6255     avg: 6852     median: 6751.5 (17%)     max: 7467 Points
39%
1 4600U +
min: 2156     avg: 2700     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 8836     avg: 9536     median: 9567 (30%)     max: 10157 Points
41%
1 4600U +
min: 3083     avg: 4234     median: 3893 (12%)     max: 9435 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 8144     avg: 8310     median: 8309.5 (67%)     max: 8475 Points
80%
1 4600U +
min: 5128     avg: 6656     median: 6656 (54%)     max: 8184 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 7236     avg: 7520     median: 7519.5 (68%)     max: 7803 Points
83%
1 4600U +
min: 5175     avg: 6261     median: 6260.5 (57%)     max: 7346 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 12985     avg: 13573     median: 13573 (27%)     max: 14161 Points
52%
1 4600U +
min: 6941     avg: 7087     median: 7086.5 (14%)     max: 7232 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 11736     avg: 12223     median: 12222.5 (25%)     max: 12709 Points
51%
1 4600U +
min: 6216     avg: 6290     median: 6289.5 (13%)     max: 6363 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
1 4900MQ +
min: 10913     avg: 11363     median: 11362.5 (30%)     max: 11812 Points
58%
1 4600U +
min: 6162     avg: 6604     median: 6603.5 (17%)     max: 7045 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4600U +
6078 Points (11%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4600U +
3095 Points (64%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 4900MQ +
258 ms (3%)
101%
1 4600U +
161 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
100%
1 4600U +
23947 Points (46%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4900MQ → 100% n=1

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4860HQ → 97% n=1

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600U → 38% n=1

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