Intel Core i7-4940MX vs Intel Core i7-4600U vs Intel Core i7-4500U

Intel Core i7-4940MX

► remove from comparison Intel 4940MX

The Intel Core i7-4940MX is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops and successor of the i7-4930MX. It is based on the Haswell architecture and was launched in Q1/2014. 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 3.1 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). Furthermore, the Extreme CPUs offer an unlocked multiplicator for easy overclocking.

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, increasing the performance per clock by about 5 - 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Performance

Compared to the Core i7-4930MX, the 4940MX is clocked just 100 MHz higher and therefore only slightly faster. Overall, the performance is similar to the Desktop Core i7-4770K. 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 1350 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000. This is slightly slower than the AMD Radeon HD 8650G, but similar to a dedicated GeForce GT 720M.

Power Consumption

The i7-4940MX is rated at a TDP of 57 W including graphics card, memory controller and VRMs.  Therefore, the CPU is only suited for laptops 17-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.

Intel Core i7-4500U

► remove from comparison 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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Series: Core i7 Haswell
» Intel Core i7-4940MX3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4500U1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
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HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1350 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-NIHD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1350 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$1096 U.S.$398 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4940MXIntel Core i7 4600UIntel Core i7 4500U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
708 Points (16%)
min: 146     avg: 239     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
min: 166     avg: 251     median: 260 (6%)     max: 274 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
157 Points (58%)
min: 85     avg: 118     median: 124 (46%)     max: 129 Points
min: 72     avg: 113     median: 116 (43%)     max: 120 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
7.6 Points (15%)
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (5%)     max: 2.95 Points
min: 1.99     avg: 2.7     median: 2.8 (6%)     max: 2.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.8 Points (56%)
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (45%)     max: 1.46 Points
min: 0.79     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (42%)     max: 1.34 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
5853 (52%)
min: 3265     avg: 4527     median: 4668.5 (42%)     max: 4744
min: 3923     avg: 4316     median: 4343 (39%)     max: 4451
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
21022 (35%)
min: 5576     avg: 8374     median: 8444 (14%)     max: 9345
min: 6843     avg: 8530     median: 8700 (15%)     max: 9095
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
26547 Points (25%)
min: 7006     avg: 10839     median: 11221 (11%)     max: 12107 Points
min: 8643     avg: 11042     median: 11256 (11%)     max: 11827 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
7696 Points (58%)
min: 4245     avg: 5914     median: 6060.5 (46%)     max: 6336 Points
min: 5284     avg: 5707     median: 5764 (43%)     max: 5897 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
219 s (3%)
min: 579.7     avg: 620     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 s
min: 566.179     avg: 646     median: 629.9 (7%)     max: 745.727 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
7 s (1%)
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 s
min: 17.734     avg: 19.8     median: 19.6 (4%)     max: 23.534 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 4600U +
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (16%)     max: 2643
99%
1 4500U +
min: 2143     avg: 2678     median: 2473.5 (16%)     max: 3536
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
42.9 fps (19%)
min: 14.3     avg: 15.8     median: 16.3 (7%)     max: 16.68 fps
min: 14.09     avg: 16.2     median: 16.4 (7%)     max: 17.26 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
167 fps (49%)
min: 77.5     avg: 90.4     median: 91.7 (27%)     max: 97.5 fps
min: 75.33     avg: 88.9     median: 90.6 (27%)     max: 92.66 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.4 GB/s (15%)
min: 0.159     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (7%)     max: 0.16 GB/s
min: 0.117     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (6%)     max: 0.145 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.7 GB/s (18%)
min: 0.272     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (8%)     max: 0.282 GB/s
min: 0.208     avg: 0.2     median: 0.3 (7%)     max: 0.256 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
4.1 GB/s (15%)
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (6%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
min: 1.3     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (6%)     max: 1.6 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
7678 Points (42%)
min: 2805     avg: 3303     median: 3223 (18%)     max: 3788 Points
min: 2464     avg: 3241     median: 3494 (19%)     max: 3644 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.3 s (2%)
min: 11.314     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (2%)     max: 12 s
min: 12     avg: 13.3     median: 12.7 (3%)     max: 20.12 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
20.7 s (1%)
min: 26.072     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 27 s
min: 27.781     avg: 31     median: 28.9 (1%)     max: 58.78 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
491 s (2%)
min: 595.952     avg: 606     median: 602.1 (3%)     max: 624 s
min: 631.618     avg: 654     median: 646.7 (3%)     max: 761.85 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
100%
1 4600U +
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
149%
1 4500U +
min: 46370     avg: 53818     median: 53680 (25%)     max: 61540 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
100%
1 4600U +
min: 11500     avg: 24640     median: 24640 (19%)     max: 37780 MFLOPS
141%
1 4500U +
min: 33000     avg: 34315     median: 34725 (27%)     max: 34810 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 CPU
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5     avg: 6.1     median: 6.1 (78%)     max: 7.1 Points
117%
1 4500U +
7.1 Points (91%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 4600U +
min: 8308     avg: 9060     median: 8679 (10%)     max: 10541 Points
111%
1 4500U +
min: 6321     avg: 8884     median: 9621 (11%)     max: 10014 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
9402 Points (39%)
min: 2930     avg: 3511     median: 3423.5 (14%)     max: 4329 Points
min: 2453     avg: 3481     median: 3555 (15%)     max: 4132 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
49770 Points (32%)
min: 14184     avg: 28863     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
min: 21459     avg: 30211     median: 31596.5 (20%)     max: 33878 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 4500U +
min: 30836     avg: 32801     median: 33273 (35%)     max: 34294 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
1 4500U +
min: 33510     avg: 34137     median: 34136.5 (35%)     max: 34763 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
7082 Points (18%)
min: 2156     avg: 2700     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
min: 1987     avg: 2594     median: 2727.5 (7%)     max: 2861 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
9870 Points (25%)
min: 3083     avg: 4234     median: 3893 (10%)     max: 9435 Points
min: 2155     avg: 3629     median: 3910 (10%)     max: 4056 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5128     avg: 6656     median: 6656 (54%)     max: 8184 Points
115%
1 4500U +
7684 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
100%
1 4600U +
min: 5175     avg: 6261     median: 6260.5 (57%)     max: 7346 Points
110%
1 4500U +
6872 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
100%
1 4600U +
min: 6941     avg: 7087     median: 7086.5 (14%)     max: 7232 Points
90%
1 4500U +
6390 Points (13%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
100%
1 4600U +
min: 6216     avg: 6290     median: 6289.5 (13%)     max: 6363 Points
91%
1 4500U +
5718 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 4600U +
min: 6162     avg: 6604     median: 6603.5 (17%)     max: 7045 Points
97%
1 4500U +
6380 Points (17%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 4600U +
6078 (11%)
88%
1 4500U +
min: 5225     avg: 5369     median: 5348 (9%)     max: 5534
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 4600U +
3095 (64%)
89%
1 4500U +
min: 2659     avg: 2754     median: 2751 (56%)     max: 2851
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 4600U +
161 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
1 4600U +
23947 Points (38%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4940MX → 100% n=23

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4600U → 61% n=23

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4500U → 60% n=23

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