CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5500U vs 4710HQ 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

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Intel Core i7 5500U

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Front view of Intel Core i7 5500U

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 5500U

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 5500U

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Newer Jan, 2015 vs Apr, 2014 Release date 9 months later
Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,826 vs 57.8 Around 66.2x better 3DMark06 CPU score
Much lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 38.19W 3.1x lower typical power consumption
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
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
Better performance per watt 48.83 pt/W vs 16.87 pt/W Around 3x better performance per watt
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Much higher turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 10,584 vs 5,520 More than 90% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
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 PassMark score 7,963 vs 3,972 More than 2x better PassMark 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 turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 950 MHz More than 25% better turbo clock speed
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 16,384 MB Supports 2x more RAM
Slightly higher clock speed 2.5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Higher GPU clock speed 400 MHz vs 300 MHz Around 35% higher GPU clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.46 GHz vs 2.92 GHz Around 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better geekbench 3 single core score 2,953 vs 2,743 Around 10% better geekbench 3 single core score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 5500U vs 4710HQ

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5500U
28.16 mHash/s
Core i7 4710HQ
15.16 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5500U
1.2 fps
Core i7 4710HQ
1.21 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 5500U
3,570,000 MB/s
Core i7 4710HQ
3,830,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5500U  vs
4710HQ 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad 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
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 15W 47W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 11.32 $/year
Performance per watt 48.83 pt/W 16.87 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 38.19W

bus

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

details

Core i7 5500U  vs
4710HQ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 8
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 4 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.92 GHz 3.46 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.92 GHz 3.46 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 5500 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 300 MHz 400 MHz
Turbo clock speed 950 MHz 1,200 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3
DDR3L-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB 32,768 MB
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