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Front view of Intel Core i7 4960HQ

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4960HQ

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Much better performance per watt 26.93 pt/W vs 2.81 pt/W More than 9.5x better performance per watt
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 turbo clock speed 1,300 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 25% better turbo clock speed
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 65.3 °C Around 55% higher Maximum operating temperature
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better performance per dollar 2.03 pt/$ vs 1.32 pt/$ Around 55% better performance per dollar
Better PassMark score 9,770 vs 4,229 More than 2.2x better PassMark score
Better geekbench 3 single core score 3,379 vs 2,501 More than 35% better geekbench 3 single core score
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Sep, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of Intel Core i3 3220

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Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 200 MHz 3.2x higher GPU clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.48 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4960HQ vs i3 3220

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 4960HQ
4,550,000 MB/s
Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4960HQ  vs
i3 3220 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Socket type
BGA 1364
LGA 1155
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 47W 55W
Annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year 13.25 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year 48.18 $/year
Performance per watt 26.93 pt/W 2.81 pt/W
Typical power consumption 38.19W 44.69W

bus

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

details

Core i7 4960HQ  vs
i3 3220 
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 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 26 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 65.3°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.67 GHz 3.44 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.6 GHz 3.48 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz 3.44 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label HD 5200 Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 200 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,300 MHz 1,050 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
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