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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 compare3.1 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4930MX compare3 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4980HQ compare2.8 - 4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4910MQ compare2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4900MQ compare2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-4960HQ compare2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4810MQ compare2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4870HQ compare2.5 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4800MQ compare2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4950HQ compare2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4860HQ compare2.4 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4720HQ compare2.6 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4850HQ compare2.3 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710HQ compare2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4710MQ compare2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4770HQ compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700HQ compare2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4700MQ compare2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4760HQ compare2.1 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4722HQ compare2.4 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712HQ compare2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4712MQ compare2.3 - 3.3 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4750HQ compare2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702HQ compare2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4702MQ compare2.2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-4610M compare3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4600M compare2.9 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4578U compare3 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4558U compare2.8 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-4600U2.1 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4650U compare1.7 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4510U compare2 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4500U compare1.8 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4550U compare1.5 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-4610Y compare1.7 - 2.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate2100 - 3300 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
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
Architecturex86
Starting Price$398 U.S.
Announcement Date09/01/2013
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 4600U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 146     avg: 239     median: 248 (6%)     max: 273 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 85     avg: 118     median: 124 (46%)     max: 129 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1.77     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (5%)     max: 2.95 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.01     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (45%)     max: 1.46 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3265     avg: 4527     median: 4668.5 (42%)     max: 4744 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 5576     avg: 8374     median: 8444 (14%)     max: 9345 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 7006     avg: 10839     median: 11221 (11%)     max: 12107 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 4245     avg: 5914     median: 6060.5 (46%)     max: 6336 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 579.7     avg: 620     median: 614 (7%)     max: 660.347 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 15.9     avg: 16.9     median: 17.1 (3%)     max: 17.819 s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 14.3     avg: 15.8     median: 16.3 (7%)     max: 16.68 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 77.5     avg: 90.4     median: 91.7 (27%)     max: 97.5 fps
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2805     avg: 3303     median: 3223 (18%)     max: 3788 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11.314     avg: 11.5     median: 11.5 (2%)     max: 12 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26.072     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 27 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 595.952     avg: 606     median: 602.1 (3%)     max: 624 s
SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS) - SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone (MIPS)
min: 24810     avg: 36025     median: 36025 (17%)     max: 47240 MIPS
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 8308     avg: 9060     median: 8679 (10%)     max: 10541 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 2930     avg: 3511     median: 3423.5 (15%)     max: 4329 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 14184     avg: 28863     median: 30173 (19%)     max: 35733 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 2156     avg: 2700     median: 2600 (7%)     max: 3215 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 3083     avg: 4234     median: 3893 (10%)     max: 9435 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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