Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics Review: Core i7-4950HQ Testedby Anand Lal Shimpi on June 1, 2013 10:01 AM EST
Quick Sync Performance
The 128MB eDRAM has a substantial impact on QuickSync performance. At a much lower TDP/clock speed, the i7-4950HQ is able to pretty much equal the performance of the i7-4770K. Running Haswell's new better quality transcode mode, the 4950HQ is actually 30% faster than the fastest desktop Haswell. This is just one of many reasons that we need Crystalwell on a K-series socketed desktop part.
I spent most of the week wrestling with Iris Pro and gaming comparisons, but I did get a chance to run some comparison numbers between the i7-4950HQ CRB and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display running Windows 8 in Boot Camp. In this case the 15-inch rMBP was running a 2.6GHz Core i7-3720QM with 3.6GHz max turbo. Other than the base clock (the i7-4950HQ features a 2.4GHz base clock), the two parts are very comparable as they have the same max turbo frequencies. I paid attention to turbo speeds while running all of the benchmarks and for the most part found the two systems were running at the same frequencies, for the same duration.
To put the results in perspective I threw in i7-3770K vs. i7-4770K results. The theory is that whatever gains the 4770K shows over the 3770K should be mirrored in the i7-4950HQ vs. i7-3720QM comparison. Any situations where the 4950HQ exceeds the 4770K's margin of victory over Ivy Bridge are likely due to the large 128MB L4 cache.
|Peak Theoretical GPU Performance|
|Cinebench 11.5 (ST)||Cinebench 11.5 (MT)||POV-Ray 3.7RC7 (ST)||POV-Ray 3.7RC7 (MT)||7-Zip Benchmark||7-Zip Benchmark (Small)||x264 HD - 1st Pass||x264 HD - 2nd Pass|
|Intel Core i7-4770K||1.78||8.07||-||1541.3||23101||-||79.1||16.5|
|Intel Core i7-3770K||1.66||7.61||-||1363.6||22810||-||74.8||14.6|
|Intel Core i7-4950HQ||1.61||7.38||271.7||1340.9||21022||14360||73.9||14.0|
|Intel Core i7-3720QM||1.49||6.39||339.1||1178.3||19749||12670||66.2||12.9|
I didn't have a ton of time to go hunting for performance gains, but a couple of these numbers looked promising. Intel claims that with the right workload, you could see huge double digit gains. After I get back from Computex I plan on poking around a bit more to see if I can find exactly what those workloads might be.