CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4700HQ vs 4500U among laptop CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.6

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 4700HQ 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 4700HQ  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4700HQ

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Significantly higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly more l3 cache 6 MB vs 4 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score 3,083 vs 2,213 Around 40% better PCMark 8 home 3.0 accelerated score
Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 6,758.5 vs 3,494 Around 95% better 3DMark06 CPU score
More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly better cloud gate score 6,589 vs 4,228 More than 55% better cloud gate score
Significantly better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score 11,905 vs 5,686 More than 2x better geekbench 2 (64-bit) score
Significantly higher GPU clock speed 400 MHz vs 200 MHz 2x higher GPU clock speed
Better turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 10% better turbo clock speed
Better performance per dollar 2.13 pt/$ vs 1.64 pt/$ Around 30% better performance per dollar
Better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score 1.46 fps vs 1.05 fps Around 40% better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score
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Intel Core i7 4500U

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Much lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 38.19W 3.1x lower typical power consumption
Significantly better performance per watt 42.92 pt/W vs 17.09 pt/W More than 2.5x better performance per watt
Significantly more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 11.32 $/year 3.1x lower annual home energy cost
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Apr, 2013 Release date 3 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4700HQ vs 4500U

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4700HQ
7.55 mHash/s
Core i7 4500U
12.55 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4700HQ
1.46 fps
Core i7 4500U
1.05 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4700HQ  vs
4500U 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3L-1333
LPDDR3-1333
LPDDR3-1600
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s

details

Core i7 4700HQ  vs
4500U 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 100°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 400 MHz 200 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz 1,100 MHz

power consumption

TDP 47W 15W
Annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year 3.61 $/year
Performance per watt 17.09 pt/W 42.92 pt/W
Typical power consumption 38.19W 12.19W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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