Core i3-7300 vs Core i7-4960HQ benchmarks
Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i3-7300 performs better than the Core i7-4960HQ. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-4960HQ in all gaming tests too.
When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i7-4960HQ has significantly more cores with 4 cores compared to the Core i3-7300 that has 2 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i3-7300. Our comparison shows that the Core i3-7300 has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-4960HQ. The Core i7-4960HQ outputs less heat than Core i3-7300 thanks to a slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.
Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Core i3-7300 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.