CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4720HQ vs 4590 among all 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

8.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 4590 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 4590  based on its 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 4720HQ

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Much better performance per watt 17.18 pt/W vs 10.34 pt/W More than 65% better performance per watt
Lower typical power consumption 38.19W vs 68.25W Around 45% lower typical power consumption
Higher GPU clock speed 400 MHz vs 350 MHz Around 15% higher GPU clock speed
Better turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,150 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 63.5 vs 57.4 More than 10% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Newer Jan, 2015 vs May, 2014 Release date 7 months later
Lower annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year vs 20.24 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Lower annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year vs 73.58 $/year Around 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
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Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 4.34 pt/$ vs 2.14 pt/$ More than 2x better performance per dollar
Much better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score 1.42 fps vs -1 fps Around 250% better CompuBench 1.5 T-Rex score
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4720HQ vs i5 4590

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4720HQ
15.16 mHash/s
Core i5 4590
7.1 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 4590
1.42 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 4720HQ
4,085,000 MB/s
Core i5 4590
4,650,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4720HQ  vs
i5 4590 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
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
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB

details

Core i7 4720HQ  vs
i5 4590 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 400 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz 1,150 MHz

power consumption

TDP 47W 84W
Annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year 20.24 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year 73.58 $/year
Performance per watt 17.18 pt/W 10.34 pt/W
Typical power consumption 38.19W 68.25W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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