Intel Core i7-4960HQ vs AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

General info

Comparing Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.28
 
0.44
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core i7
 
AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codename
Crystal Well
 
Picasso
Release date
1 September 2013
 
6 January 2019
Launch price (MSRP)
$657
 
no data
Price now
$1053
 
$672

Technical specs

Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
4
 
4
Number of threads
8
 
8
Base frequency
2.6 GHz
 
2.1 GHz
Maximum frequency
3.8 GHz
 
3.7 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
128K (per core)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
8 MB (shared)
 
4 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
22 nm
 
12 nm
Die size
264 mm2
 
209.78 mm2
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
no data
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
100 °C
 
no data
Transistor count
1,400 million
 
4500 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1 (Uniprocessor)
Socket
FCBGA1364
 
FP5
Power consumption (TDP)
47 Watt
 
15 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
XFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
no data
Hyper-Threading
+
 
no data
TSX
+
 
-
Idle States
+
 
no data
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
FDI
+
 
no data

Security technologies

Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
no data
EDB
+
 
no data
Secure Key
+
 
no data
Identity Protection
+
 
-
Anti-Theft
+
 
no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U are enumerated here.
AMD-V
+
 
+
VT-d
+
 
no data
VT-x
+
 
no data
EPT
+
 
no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U.
Supported memory types
DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600
 
DDR4 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
 
38.397 GB/s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U.
Max video memory
2 GB
 
no data
Quick Sync
+
 
-
Clear Video HD
+
 
no data
Graphics max frequency
1.3 GHz
 
no data
InTru 3D
+
 
no data

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
3
 
no data
eDP
+
 
no data
DisplayPort
+
 
-
HDMI
+
 
-
VGA
+
 
no data

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
3840x2160@60Hz
 
no data
Max resolution over DisplayPort
3840x2160@60Hz
 
no data
Max resolution over VGA
2880x1800@60Hz
 
no data

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
11.2/12
 
no data
OpenGL
4.3
 
no data

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U.
PCIe revision
3
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
12

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i7-4960HQ 8.09
Ryzen 5 3500U 8.09

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

i7-4960HQ 632
Ryzen 5 3500U 652 +3.2%

Passmark

i7-4960HQ 7177
Ryzen 5 3500U 7178 +0%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-4960HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-4960HQ

Higher maximum frequency (3800 vs 3700 MHz)
Higher base frequency (2600 vs 2100 MHz)
HyperThreading (allows one physical CPU function as two logical ones. It increases performance, since while one logical CPU is waiting for data, the second may still do useful work)
Quick Sync (hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. Speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)
TransactionalSynchronizationExtensionVersion
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
IdentityProtectionTechVersion
QuickSyncVideo
DisplayPortMenu
HDMIMenu

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

More powerful video core
Much newer (6 January 2019 vs 1 September 2013)
Cheaper ($672.00 USD vs $1053.00 USD)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 22 nm)
Less power hungry (15 vs 47 watts)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)
ECCMemory

So, Core i7-4960HQ or Ryzen 5 3500U?

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