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Intel Core i7-4600U

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.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameHaswell
Series: Core i7 Haswell
Intel Core i7-4940MX (compare)3100 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX (compare)3000 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ (compare)2800 - 4000 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ (compare)2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ (compare)2600 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ (compare)2500 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ (compare)2700 - 3700 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ (compare)2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ (compare)2400 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ (compare)2600 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ (compare)2300 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ (compare)2200 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ (compare)2100 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ (compare)2400 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ (compare)2300 - 3300 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ (compare)2000 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M (compare)3000 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M (compare)2900 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U (compare)3000 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U (compare)2800 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600U2100 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U (compare)1700 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U (compare)2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U (compare)1800 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U (compare)1500 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y (compare)1700 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate2100 - 3300 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Transistor Count1300 Million
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Die Size181 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketFCBGA1168
FeaturesHD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz), DDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NI
GPUIntel HD Graphics 4400 (200 - 1100 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$398 U.S.
Announcement Date09/01/2013
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 4600U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 146     avg: 238.8     median: 248 (12%)     max: 273 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 85     avg: 118.4     median: 124 (64%)     max: 129 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (11%)     max: 2.95 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (64%)     max: 1.46 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3265     avg: 4527.1     median: 4668.5 (59%)     max: 4744 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 5576     avg: 8373.7     median: 8444 (17%)     max: 9345 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 7006     avg: 10838.6     median: 11221 (27%)     max: 12107 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 4245     avg: 5913.7     median: 6060.5 (49%)     max: 6336 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 579.7     avg: 620.4     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2372     avg: 2498     median: 2493 (30%)     max: 2643 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 14.3     avg: 15.8     median: 16.3 (10%)     max: 16.68 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 77.5     avg: 90.4     median: 91.7 (39%)     max: 97.5 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.159     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (9%)     max: 0.16 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.272     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (13%)     max: 0.282 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (14%)     max: 1.8 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2805     avg: 3303.5     median: 3223 (25%)     max: 3788 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11.314     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (2%)     max: 12 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26.072     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 27 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 595.952     avg: 605.5     median: 602.1 (3%)     max: 624 Seconds
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
SiSoft Sandra Whetstone (MFLOPS)
min: 11500     avg: 24640     median: 24640 (19%)     max: 37780 MFLOPS
Windows 7 Experience Index - Processor
min: 5     avg: 6.1     median: 6.1 (78%)     max: 7.1 points
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 8308     avg: 9060.1     median: 8679 (16%)     max: 10541 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 2930     avg: 3511.3     median: 3423.5 (21%)     max: 4329 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 14184     avg: 28863.4     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2156     avg: 2699.9     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3083     avg: 4233.9     median: 3893 (17%)     max: 9435 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 5128     avg: 6656     median: 6656 (54%)     max: 8184 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 5175     avg: 6260.5     median: 6260.5 (57%)     max: 7346 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
min: 6941     avg: 7086.5     median: 7086.5 (20%)     max: 7232 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 6216     avg: 6289.5     median: 6289.5 (19%)     max: 6363 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 6162     avg: 6603.5     median: 6603.5 (25%)     max: 7045 Points
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