CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4860HQ vs 4790 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

8.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 4790 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 4790  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 4860HQ

Reasons to consider the
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Significantly lower typical power consumption 38.19W vs 68.25W Around 45% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year vs 20.24 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year vs 73.58 $/year Around 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i7 4790

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Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 70.7 vs 38.3 Around 85% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Significantly higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 2.97 pt/$ vs 0.5 pt/$ Around 6x better performance per dollar
Much better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score 15.62 mHash/s vs 5.38 mHash/s Around 3x better CompuBench 1.5 bitcoin mining score
Higher turbo clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.6 GHz More than 10% higher turbo clock speed
Much better performance per watt 10.77 pt/W vs 4.61 pt/W More than 2.2x better performance per watt
Higher GPU clock speed 350 MHz vs 200 MHz 75% higher GPU clock speed
Slightly more l3 cache 8 MB vs 6 MB Around 35% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,284 vs 1,983 More than 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer May, 2014 vs Jan, 2014 Release date 4 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4860HQ vs 4790

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4860HQ
5.38 mHash/s
Core i7 4790
15.62 mHash/s

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 4860HQ
4,535 MB/s
Core i7 4790
4,570,000 MB/s

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4860HQ  vs
4790 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 4 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
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 4860HQ  vs
4790 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 200 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz 1,200 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 4.61 pt/W 10.77 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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