Intel Core i7-4960HQ vs Intel Core i7-4870HQ vs Intel Core i7-4710HQ

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 i7-4870HQ

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The Intel Core i7-4870HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops launched in Q3 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 2.5 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.6 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.7 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).

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 i7-4860HQ, the 4870HQ is clocked just 100 MHz higher and therefore only slightly faster. Overall, the performance is similar to the Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3920XM. 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 i7-4870HQ 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 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.

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: 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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Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (200 - 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 4600 (400 - 1200 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
632 Points (14%)
min: 589     avg: 629.1     median: 621 (14%)     max: 709 Points
min: 499     avg: 611.1     median: 646 (15%)     max: 661 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 141     avg: 142.9     median: 143 (66%)     max: 145 Points
min: 116     avg: 133.2     median: 135 (62%)     max: 140 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6.18     avg: 6.8     median: 6.8 (25%)     max: 7.53 Points
min: 4.59     avg: 6.7     median: 7 (26%)     max: 7.22 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.58     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (66%)     max: 1.64 Points
min: 1.29     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (63%)     max: 1.56 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5242     avg: 5300     median: 5300 (58%)     max: 5358 Points
min: 4618     avg: 4982.9     median: 5008 (55%)     max: 5171 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 17747     avg: 19078.5     median: 19078.5 (38%)     max: 20410 Points
min: 14533     avg: 18012.5     median: 19044 (38%)     max: 19521 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
23488 Points (31%)
min: 17829     avg: 22377.2     median: 23773 (31%)     max: 25104 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7044 Points (68%)
min: 5185     avg: 6515.7     median: 6645 (65%)     max: 6809 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
384.8 seconds (5%)
min: 237.394     avg: 278.6     median: 262.6 (3%)     max: 320.728 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
10.6 seconds (2%)
min: 7.453     avg: 7.7     median: 7.8 (2%)     max: 8.012 seconds
WinRAR - Result
7031 KB/s (83%)
min: 3693     avg: 4231.8     median: 4323.5 (51%)     max: 4587 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 37.03     avg: 39.5     median: 39.5 (1%)     max: 42 fps
min: 30.6     avg: 36.7     median: 38 (1%)     max: 40.1 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 169.33     avg: 170     median: 170 (63%)     max: 170.6 fps
min: 118     avg: 142.4     median: 150 (56%)     max: 153.12 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.37     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (20%)     max: 0.376 GB/s
min: 0.344     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (18%)     max: 0.541 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.65     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (22%)     max: 0.662 GB/s
min: 0.6     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (21%)     max: 0.628 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
4.2 GB/s (22%)
min: 3     avg: 3.8     median: 3.9 (20%)     max: 3.9 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 6095     avg: 6621.5     median: 6621.5 (46%)     max: 7148 Points
min: 5494     avg: 6682.2     median: 6980.5 (48%)     max: 7129 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.9 Seconds (2%)
min: 10.5     avg: 10.7     median: 10.7 (2%)     max: 11.209 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.3 Seconds (1%)
min: 24.016     avg: 24.4     median: 24.3 (1%)     max: 25.287 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
502 Seconds (2%)
min: 553.816     avg: 567.6     median: 562.2 (2%)     max: 587.266 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 21158     avg: 22752     median: 21785 (36%)     max: 25313 Points
min: 19149     avg: 22560.9     median: 23904 (40%)     max: 24195 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 7485     avg: 8783     median: 8737.5 (47%)     max: 9690 points
min: 6038     avg: 7339.8     median: 7491 (40%)     max: 8388 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 43477     avg: 46195.3     median: 46655 (30%)     max: 49667 Points
min: 30628     avg: 40963.7     median: 42879.5 (28%)     max: 45662 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
46505 Points (55%)
min: 32422     avg: 39519.3     median: 42771 (51%)     max: 43365 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
53710 Points (62%)
min: 44331     avg: 44689     median: 44689 (52%)     max: 45047 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 5510     avg: 6392.1     median: 6543 (17%)     max: 6992 Points
min: 4736     avg: 6023     median: 6373.5 (16%)     max: 6672 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 8053     avg: 9136.6     median: 9452 (35%)     max: 9885 Points
min: 6504     avg: 8578.6     median: 9083 (34%)     max: 9375 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
7547 Points (61%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
6881 Points (62%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
12985 Points (37%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
11762 Points (36%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
10792 Points (41%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 12595     avg: 12609.5     median: 12609.5 (41%)     max: 12624 Points
min: 11275     avg: 12027.8     median: 12231 (39%)     max: 12374 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3407     avg: 3414.5     median: 3414.5 (71%)     max: 3422 Points
min: 2942     avg: 3185.5     median: 3249 (67%)     max: 3302 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
13332 Points (35%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3603 Points (73%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
1666.1 ms (3%)
min: 1274.3     avg: 1941.3     median: 1997.4 (3%)     max: 2090 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
114.5 ms (1%)
min: 82.8     avg: 93.1     median: 86.1 (1%)     max: 154.7 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
27664 Points (56%)
min: 14810     avg: 17358.9     median: 16503 (33%)     max: 29193 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4960HQ → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4870HQ → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-4710HQ → 95%

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