Intel Core i7-4960HQ vs Intel Core i7-4500U

Intel Core i7-4960HQ

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The Intel Core i7-4960HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q3 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 2.6 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). Please note: These Turbo clocks are not confirmed yet. 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 the performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.

Since the turbo stages of the Core i7-4960HQ exactly match those of the i7-4900MQ, the performance should be very similar. Therefore, the CPU will match the Ivy Bridge based Core i7-3940XM and handle even the most demanding applications.

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 i7-4960HQ 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

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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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Intel Core i7-4940MX compare3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX compare3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ compare2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ compare2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ compare2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ compare2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ compare2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ compare2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ compare2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ compare2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ compare2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ compare2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ compare2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M compare3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M compare2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U compare3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U compare2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U compare2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U compare1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U compare2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U compare1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y compare1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4940MX compare3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX compare3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ compare2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ compare2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ compare2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ compare2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ compare2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ compare2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ compare2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ compare2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ compare2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ compare2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ compare2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ compare2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ compare2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ compare2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ compare2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ compare2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M compare3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M compare2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U compare3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U compare2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600U compare2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U compare1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U compare2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4500U1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U compare1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y compare1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
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Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1300 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 (200 - 1300 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)
$657 U.S.
Intel Core i7 4960HQIntel Core i7 4500U

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
632 Points (14%)
min: 166     avg: 251     median: 260 (6%)     max: 274 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 4500U +
min: 72     avg: 113     median: 116 (52%)     max: 120 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
1 4500U +
min: 1.99     avg: 2.7     median: 2.8 (6%)     max: 2.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 4500U +
min: 0.79     avg: 1.3     median: 1.3 (51%)     max: 1.34 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
1 4500U +
min: 3923     avg: 4316     median: 4343 (45%)     max: 4451 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
1 4500U +
min: 6843     avg: 8530     median: 8700 (15%)     max: 9095 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4500U +
min: 8643     avg: 11042     median: 11256 (13%)     max: 11827 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 4500U +
min: 5284     avg: 5707     median: 5764 (54%)     max: 5897 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 4500U +
min: 566.179     avg: 646     median: 629.9 (7%)     max: 745.727 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 4500U +
min: 17.734     avg: 19.8     median: 19.6 (4%)     max: 23.534 seconds
WinRAR - Result
100%
1 4500U +
min: 2143     avg: 2678     median: 2473.5 (25%)     max: 3536 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
1 4500U +
min: 14.09     avg: 16.2     median: 16.4 (10%)     max: 17.26 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
1 4500U +
min: 75.33     avg: 88.9     median: 90.6 (31%)     max: 92.66 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
100%
1 4500U +
min: 0.117     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (0%)     max: 0.145 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
1 4500U +
min: 0.208     avg: 0.2     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.256 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
1 4500U +
min: 1.3     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (0%)     max: 1.6 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
1 4500U +
min: 2464     avg: 3241     median: 3494 (23%)     max: 3644 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
100%
1 4500U +
min: 12     avg: 13.3     median: 12.7 (3%)     max: 20.12 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
100%
1 4500U +
min: 27.781     avg: 31     median: 28.9 (1%)     max: 58.78 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
100%
1 4500U +
min: 631.618     avg: 654     median: 646.7 (3%)     max: 761.85 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - Dhrystone
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SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS) - Whetstone
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Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
100%
1 4500U +
7.1 points (91%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
1 4500U +
min: 6321     avg: 8884     median: 9621 (13%)     max: 10014 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4500U +
min: 2453     avg: 3481     median: 3555 (16%)     max: 4132 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4500U +
min: 21459     avg: 30211     median: 31596.5 (20%)     max: 33878 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4500U +
min: 30836     avg: 32801     median: 33273 (40%)     max: 34294 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
1 4500U +
min: 33510     avg: 34137     median: 34136.5 (39%)     max: 34763 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 4500U +
min: 1987     avg: 2594     median: 2727.5 (7%)     max: 2861 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 4500U +
min: 2155     avg: 3629     median: 3910 (12%)     max: 4056 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
1 4500U +
7684 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
1 4500U +
6872 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
1 4500U +
6390 Points (13%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
1 4500U +
5718 Points (12%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
1 4500U +
6380 Points (17%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 4500U +
min: 5225     avg: 5369     median: 5348 (9%)     max: 5534 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 4500U +
min: 2659     avg: 2754     median: 2751 (56%)     max: 2851 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4960HQ → 100% n=1

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4500U → 41% n=1

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