Intel Core i7 4650U 

Released July, 2013
  • 1.7 GHz
  • Dual core
  • Unlocked
8.1 Out of 10

What we're seeing here is a combination of IPC improvements and awesomely aggressive turbo, all within a 15W TDP.
by Anand-Lal-Shimpi (Jul, 2013)
Last year's 2.0GHz model is about 5% quicker than this year's 1.7GHz Haswell ULT system, but obviously with the newer machine you get much better battery life.
by Anand-Lal-Shimpi (Jul, 2013)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i7 4650U among laptop CPUs (up to 15W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

Core i7 4650U
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Core i7 4650U
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Core i7 4650U
Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Core i7 4650U
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Core i7 4650U
Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Core i7 4650U
Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Core i7 4650U

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 4650U

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4650U
19.28 mHash/s
Core i7 4500U
12.55 mHash/s
Core i5 4300U
13.98 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 4650U
12.95 mPixels/s
Core i5 4300U
15.22 mPixels/s
Core i7 4500U
13.78 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4650U
1.22 fps
Core i7 4500U
1.05 fps
Core i5 4300U
1.11 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 4650U

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 4650U

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 4650U
4,100,000 MB/s
Core i5 4300U
3,440,000 MB/s
Core i7 4500U
3,480,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Core i7 4650U

PassMark (Single Core)

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In The News From around the web


The 2013 MacBook Air: Core i5-4250U vs. Core i7-4650U

by Anand Lal Shimpi |
I’ve found that OS X tends to fire up the dGPU anyway while running this workload so I saw no reason to run a separate set of numbers for processor and discrete graphics.
Internal CPU Proximity Thermistor Intel Core i5-4250U 47.1 °C 41.4 °C 41.4 °C 92.2 °C Intel Core i7-4650U 47.7 °C 42.1 °C 46.6 °C 96.7 °C Average temperatures aren't substantially higher on the i7, however you will notice that there's a column for max observed temperature on the bottom of the chassis where the upgraded MacBook Air does show a considerably higher temperature.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 1.7 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.3 GHz
Cores Dual core
Is unlocked Yes


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. MMX
  2. AES
  3. SSE
  4. SSE2
  5. SSE4.1
  6. SSE3
  7. Supplemental SSE3
  8. SSE4.2
  9. AVX 2.0
  10. AVX
  11. SSE4
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year
Performance per watt 68.97 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type
  1. DDR3-1600
  2. DDR3-1333
  3. DDR2-1066
  4. DDR3-1066
  5. DDR2-800
  6. DDR3
  7. DDR3-800
  8. DDR2-667
  9. DDR2
  10. DDR
Channels Dual Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB


Architecture x86-64
Threads 4 threads
L2 cache 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 24
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C


Overclocked clock speed 3.12 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.12 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 5000
Number of displays supported 3
GPU clock speed 200 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz


Architecture DMI 2.0
Data rate 400 MB/s
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s
Clock speed 66 MHz
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