Intel Core i7-4950HQ vs Intel Core i7-4710HQ vs Intel Core i7-4550U

Intel Core i7-4950HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4950HQ

The Intel Core i7-4950HQ 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 2.4 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). A noteworthy feature is the fast integrated graphics unit (GT3e) with eDRAM memory (128 MB, 77 mm², on-package, 102 GB/s).

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 especially the Hyper-Threading performance. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Due to these changes, the performance per clock has been improved by about 10 percent compared to Ivy Bridge. Therefore, the performance of the i7-4950HQ is similar to the slightly faster clocked i7-3840QM (Ivy Bridge based).

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.

The i7-4950HQ 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 i7-4710HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 4710HQ

The Intel Core i7-4710HQ 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 2.5 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).

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 i7-4710HQ is similar to the Core i7-4850HQ or the Ivy Bridge-based i7-3820QM. 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.

Power Consumption

The i7-4710HQ 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 i7-4550U

► remove from comparison Intel 4550U

The Intel Core i7-4550U 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 1.5 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 i7-4550U 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 5000 offers 40 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 1100 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it significantly faster than the HD Graphics 4000. As a result, the HD 5000 competes with dedicated lower mid-range graphics cards.

The i7-4550U 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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260 mm2177 mm2181 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1364FCBGA1364
Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1300 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 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 5000 (200 - 1100 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$657 U.S.$378 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4950HQIntel Core i7 4710HQIntel Core i7 4550U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 499     avg: 611     median: 646 (14%)     max: 661 Points
39%
1 4550U +
253 Points (6%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 116     avg: 133     median: 135 (50%)     max: 140 Points
87%
1 4550U +
118 Points (43%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
7.4 Points (15%)
min: 4.59     avg: 6.7     median: 7 (14%)     max: 7.22 Points
2.8 Points (6%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.6 Points (51%)
min: 1.29     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (49%)     max: 1.56 Points
1.3 Points (42%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 4618     avg: 4983     median: 5008 (45%)     max: 5171
88%
1 4550U +
4395 (39%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 14533     avg: 18012     median: 19044 (32%)     max: 19521
46%
1 4550U +
8715 (15%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 17829     avg: 22377     median: 23773 (23%)     max: 25104 Points
48%
1 4550U +
11317 Points (11%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 5185     avg: 6516     median: 6645 (50%)     max: 6809 Points
88%
1 4550U +
5835 Points (44%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 237.394     avg: 279     median: 262.6 (3%)     max: 320.728 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 7.453     avg: 7.7     median: 7.8 (2%)     max: 8.012 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 3693     avg: 4232     median: 4323.5 (28%)     max: 4587
57%
1 4550U +
2482 (16%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 30.6     avg: 36.7     median: 38 (17%)     max: 40.1 fps
42%
1 4550U +
15.9 fps (7%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 118     avg: 142     median: 150 (44%)     max: 153.12 fps
61%
1 4550U +
90.8 fps (27%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 0.344     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (15%)     max: 0.541 GB/s
41%
1 4550U +
0.1 GB/s (6%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 0.6     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (17%)     max: 0.628 GB/s
41%
1 4550U +
0.3 GB/s (7%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 3     avg: 3.8     median: 3.9 (14%)     max: 3.9 GB/s
41%
1 4550U +
1.6 GB/s (6%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 5494     avg: 6682     median: 6980.5 (39%)     max: 7129 Points
49%
1 4550U +
3443 Points (19%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 10.5     avg: 10.7     median: 10.7 (2%)     max: 11.209 s
100%
1 4550U +
12.3 s (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 24.016     avg: 24.4     median: 24.3 (1%)     max: 25.287 s
100%
1 4550U +
28 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 553.816     avg: 568     median: 562.2 (2%)     max: 587.266 s
100%
1 4550U +
633 s (3%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 19149     avg: 22561     median: 23904 (28%)     max: 24195 Points
36%
1 4550U +
8506 Points (10%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 6038     avg: 7340     median: 7491 (31%)     max: 8388 Points
46%
1 4550U +
3447 Points (14%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 30628     avg: 40964     median: 42879.5 (28%)     max: 45662 Points
61%
1 4550U +
26023 Points (17%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 32422     avg: 39519     median: 42771 (45%)     max: 43365 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 44331     avg: 44689     median: 44689 (46%)     max: 45047 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 4736     avg: 6023     median: 6373.5 (16%)     max: 6672 Points
41%
1 4550U +
2621 Points (7%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 6504     avg: 8579     median: 9083 (23%)     max: 9375 Points
41%
1 4550U +
3719 Points (9%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
100%
1 4710HQ +
7547 Points (61%)
109%
1 4550U +
8199 Points (66%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
100%
1 4710HQ +
6881 Points (62%)
105%
1 4550U +
7229 Points (66%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
100%
1 4710HQ +
12985 Points (25%)
50%
1 4550U +
6476 Points (13%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
100%
1 4710HQ +
11762 Points (24%)
49%
1 4550U +
5744 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 4710HQ +
10792 Points (28%)
61%
1 4550U +
6542 Points (17%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 11275     avg: 12028     median: 12231 (22%)     max: 12374
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 2942     avg: 3186     median: 3249 (67%)     max: 3302
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 1274.3     avg: 1941     median: 1997.4 (3%)     max: 2090 ms
99%
1 4550U +
2301 ms (4%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 82.8     avg: 93.1     median: 86.1 (1%)     max: 154.7 ms
100%
1 4550U +
103 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
1 4710HQ +
min: 14810     avg: 17359     median: 16503 (26%)     max: 29193 Points
86%
1 4550U +
14209 Points (23%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4950HQ → 100% n=2

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4710HQ → 95% n=2

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4550U → 60% n=2

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