Intel Core i7-4960HQ vs Intel Core i7-4610Y
Intel Core i7-4960HQ► remove
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).
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 i7-4610Y► remove
The Intel Core i7-4610Y is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for ultrabooks and tablets 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 1.7 GHz, but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz.
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 performance per clock by almost 10 percent. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.
Depending on the benchmark, the Core i7-4610Y offers a performance somewhere between a Core i3-2330M and a Core i7-4500U. Due to TDP limits, the full Turbo Boost will be only active for very short periods of time or in single-thread benchmarks. Overall, the CPU has sufficient power for office and multimedia purposes as well as more demanding applications.
The integrated HD Graphics 4200 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 200 - 850 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it somewhat faster than the former HD Graphics 4000 at similar clock speeds. However, the HD 4200 is significantly slower than the HD 4400 found on other ULV models with higher clocks and TDP.
The i7-4610Y is rated at a TDP of 11.5 watts (SDP 6 watts) including the graphics card, memory controller, VRMs and the integrated chipset. Therefore, the CPU is suited for very small ultrabooks or tablets.
|Intel Core i7-4960HQ||Intel Core i7-4610Y|
|Intel Core i7||Intel Core i7|
|: Core i7 Haswell|
|2600 - 3800 MHz||1700 - 2900 MHz|
|256 KB||128 KB|
|1 MB||512 KB|
|6 MB||4 MB|
|4 / 8||2 / 4|
|100 °C||100 °C|
|Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 1300 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NI||HD Graphics 4200 (200 - 850 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro|
|iGPU||Intel HD Graphics 4600 (200 - 1300 MHz)||Intel HD Graphics 4200 (200 - 850 MHz)|
|$657 U.S.||$415 U.S.|
|Intel Core i7 4960HQ||Intel Core i7 4610Y|