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Front view of Intel Core i7 4720HQ

Intel Core i7 4720HQ

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 6700HQ

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Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 66 vs 63.5 Around 5% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Jan, 2015 Release date 6 months later
Front view of Intel Core i7 4720HQ

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Much better performance per dollar 2.13 pt/$ vs 0.62 pt/$ Around 3.5x better performance per dollar
Much better performance per watt 17.09 pt/W vs 5.19 pt/W More than 3.2x better performance per watt
Significantly better turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 15% better turbo clock speed
Higher GPU clock speed 400 MHz vs 350 MHz Around 15% higher GPU clock speed
Slightly better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 238.91 fps vs 226.21 fps More than 5% better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 6700HQ vs 4720HQ

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700HQ
27.32 mHash/s
Core i7 4720HQ
15.5 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 6700HQ
21.48 mPixels/s
Core i7 4720HQ
15.56 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700HQ
1.48 fps

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 6700HQ
4,040 MB/s
Core i7 4720HQ
4,085,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i7 6700HQ  vs
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 45W 47W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 11.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 41.17 $/year
Performance per watt 5.19 pt/W 17.09 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 38.19W


Architecture FSB DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s


Core i7 6700HQ  vs
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 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1


Overclocked clock speed 3.51 GHz 3.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 2.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.51 GHz 3.54 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 400 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,200 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 32,768 MB
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I have a ASUS N751JK with Windows 7 and 4720HQ Intel and your right no issues with speed/ I do use a cooler to keep the heat down but I think all laptops have that problem. No plans to upgrade to 10 as it doesn't crash like 10 does or virus attacks
bravo lan sdfsdf tam bi cumhuriyetçi gamer belli :D bunu da translate yapsın oçları wtf
There is no significatly differences
Can you elaborate please?
Hey all, i've a 4720HQ (MSI GP 702PE), i'm running now at 41, 40, 39, 39 ratio for +46mv core offset, you can downgrade your microcode, remove a dll and use throttlestop to overlock your cpu ! (be sure to paste it with a premium thermal paste, like liquid metal or thermal grizzly krionaut), i can't up more, i'm limited with a max TDP of 54W and no option to up this limit :/ Take a look to google for UBU tool ;) 100% safe with throttlestop
I am going for 6700HQ since that laptop I am going to buy has DDR4 RAM :DD
What the heck is "Performance per watt 6.41 pt/W 18.35 pt/W" ??
I have used 4700MQ on my Alienware 14 notebook which is comparable to 6700HQ. The overall performance on 4 cores was better than 6700 HQ (3.2 Ghz vs 3.08 GHz) I have on new Alienware 15 laptop especially for CPU intensive C++ compilation with 6 million lines of code. I went for Alienware R2 for PCIe interface which will support ultra-fast Samsung SSD 960Pro/Evo and longer battery life 92WHr vs 69 WHr on earlier one. Unfortunately Intel has messed on 6th generation like 5th generation which I skipped. You neither get higher clock speeds nor more cores. As far power savings 2 W do not matter in real life. So my new laptop is CPU constrained.
when using all four cores the i7-4720HQ can do 1.2 GHZ better, who cares about newer architecture, the i7-4720HQ still wins vs the 6700HQ
Also the 6700HQ can clock all four cores at only 3.1 GHZ vs 3.4 GHZ of the i7-4720HQ that is significantly higher, and trust me, you can tell the difference. The i7-4720HQ is way better in every way
The i7-4720HQ is by far the faster of these two processors, I have owned both in laptops, and the speed of the i7-4720HQ is much much faster, when you open up the task-manager and watch how many GHZ it is running at, the i7-4720HQ will constantly hit 3.54 GHZ where as the 6700HQ will only max out at around 3.34 GHZ. Also the i7-4720HQ can clock 4 cores at the same time at 3.4 GHZ so I am not sure what most people are talking about as far as this is not a good multi tasker, but this thing is way faster in comparison to the 6700HQ...
>And it is better in almost everything. Nah, from the test it's clear that it's only better when it comes to integrated GPU tasks which doesn't matter much, since you are gonna use dGPU anyway. When it comes to CPU processing power it's actually worse (because of the higher max. CPU clock in 4720HQ)
it says it ALL: the bus transfer rate
Buy both and tell us which one works better :p
i dont know why but skylake went backwards in single core performance. you can see that when comparing it to haswells single core performance.
whichever has better cooling and if it's the same I'd go with the 980m
so the difference is not that much. Core 6700HQ with 960m or 4720HQ with 980M? Hmm....
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Lan gavur kardeş, 6700hq daha yeni çıkan bir işlemci. Yeni mimari ve 14nm. Tabii ki 6700hq daha iyi. If he does not understand what I said look at the google translation. Hep biz mi google translate' e kopyala yapıştır yapacağız lan! Türkçe ingilizce karışık yazdım ki google translatede uğraş dur.
What you think of Dell XPS 15 with skylake?
So it's better to have 6700HQ in laptop than 4720HQ ? because I'm buying a laptop... :p
And it is better in almost everything. Just the single-core tasks goes faster in the 4720HQ and nowadays everyone try to distribute the load between all the cores.
This is an eye opening article. I have always thought that the 6700HQ is better.
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