Intel Core i7-4980HQ vs Intel Xeon E5-2470

Compare Intel 4th Generation Core i7 4 core CPU vs Intel Xeon E5 Family 8 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

35 %
2% slightly better overall score
34 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

47 %
46% significantly better gaming score
32 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

30 %
35 %
16% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

29 %
35 %
20% slightly better heavy workload score

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Number of physical processing units

100% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
21% slightly higher clock speed
2 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
29% slightly higher turbo speed
3 GHz


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

47 W
102% significantly lower TDP
95 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

49% significantly more pcie lanes

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

49% significantly more memory channels

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

32 GiB
384 GiB
1100% significantly more supported memory

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

515th of 1,337
518th of 1,337


The product line

4th Generation Core i7
Xeon E5 Family

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2014
May 2012

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i7-4980HQ vs Xeon E5-2470 specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i7-4980HQ is faster than the Xeon E5-2470. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Xeon E5-2470 in all gaming tests too.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Xeon E5-2470 has significantly more cores than the Core i7-4980HQ. Indeed, the Xeon E5-2470 has 8 cores compared to 4 cores found in the Core i7-4980HQ. It also has more threads than the Core i7-4980HQ. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i7-4980HQ has a slightly higher clock speed than the Xeon E5-2470. Also, the Core i7-4980HQ has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Core i7-4980HQ CPU outputs less heat than a Xeon E5-2470 CPU because of its significantly 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 i7-4980HQ has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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