Intel Core i7-4720HQ vs Intel Core i7-3820QM

Compare Intel 4th Generation Core i7 4 core CPU vs Intel Core 4 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

23 %
Identical
23 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

35 %
37 %
5% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

19 %
Identical
19 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

19 %
Identical
19 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

2,763
1% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
2,715

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

792
10% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score
715

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

4
Identical
4

Threads

Number of logical processing units

8
Identical
8

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
3 GHz
4% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

47 W
45 W
4% slightly lower TDP

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

16
Identical
16

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

32 GiB
Identical
32 GiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

751st of 1,335
742nd of 1,335

Family

The product line

4th Generation Core i7
Core

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

February 2015
May 2012

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR3-1333
DDR3-1333

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
No

Core i7-4720HQ vs Core i7-3820QM benchmarks

In our benchmarks, the Core i7-3820QM beats the Core i7-4720HQ in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-4720HQ in all gaming tests too.

When comparing these CPUs we notice that they have the same number of cores and the same number of threads. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i7-3820QM has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i7-4720HQ. Also, the Core i7-3820QM has a slightly higher turbo speed. The Core i7-3820QM outputs less heat than Core i7-4720HQ thanks to a slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. Indeed, the Core i7-4720HQ has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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