Recently I had to purchase a laptop for my friend so quite naturally I went to an ambitious adventure in the local laptop market. Nothing gives me more delight than to walk through the aisles of laptop markets in search of the one that I would just fall in love with. Fun as it was for me, it was also quite eventful. One hilarious event that I recall and would like to share is an argument that occurred between me and a stubborn salesperson.
In most cases lousy salesperson would normally yield to the customer if he/she seems to possess superior knowledge regarding the product, but this one impossible pig-headed salesperson was keen on swindling me till the end. Although his deceptive methods had little influence on me, I had lots of fun picking his brains.
The argument basically occurred over the subject of whether Intel Core i7-4500U is a better processor than Intel Core i7-4700QM. His side of the argument was that they both are practically the same. That is clearly not true. In fact the difference between the two is not subtle but quite the opposite. I believe most of you would be quick to point out the better one here. If that is so then you are well informed; however, for those who can’t, unfortunately there are high chances that you would have fallen for the trickery had you been in my position.
Following is the list of best fourth generation Intel core i7 processors for laptops. By the end of the list you will clearly see who won the argument.
Coming at number 5 is the Intel Core i7-4702MQ. With the base clock speed of 2.2 GHz and the ability to boost up its clock speed to 3.2 automatically under heavier loads, this is one of the most powerful processors that you can find on laptops. Intel Core i7-4702MQ is a quad core processor that can run 8 threads at a time. The designation MQ has meaning. ‘M’ stands for mobile and ‘Q’ stands for quad. Priced at $378 it is not the best valued processor in the market though.
At number 4 is the 4700MQ and yes this is the processor that was the subject of my little argument. With base speeds of 2.4 GHz and boost to 3.4 GHz, this processors is one of the of most common high end Intel processors available in the market at the moment. Many brands tend to feature this processor model in their flagship multimedia laptops. This processor is also priced at $378 and therefore is a much better bargain the one mentioned previously. The laptops featuring this processor range from $800 to $2000.
At number 3 is my personal favorite: Intel Core i7-4800MQ. A quad core processor with a base speed of 2.7 GHz and a boost that takes it to 3.7 GHz. Priced at $378 like the previous two mentioned here, this is a processor that packs the best bang for the buck. Unfortunately, there is a bit of sorcery involved in the laptops that feature this processor. This processor cannot be found in laptops sub $1000 range. In fact MSI GP60 2OD-072US was the cheapest one that I could find. Other laptops harboring this processor include HP Envy 15 TouchSmart and Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p.
You have now reached number 2. So let me pull off the curtains and introduce the runner up, the crown of Intel, the Intel Core i7-4900MQ processor. The excitement of witnessing this processor; however, would be short lived if you consider the value for money. At $200 more than the previous 3 mentioned here, this processor features only an extra 0.1 GHz and an extra 2 MB of cache. This brings the clock speed of this processor to 2.8-3.8 GHz with 8MB of cache. Not a very a good bargain if you ask me.
It is now time for me to unleash the jewel in the crown, the majesty of Intel. At number 1 it is the royal highness Intel Core i7 4930MX quad core ‘extreme’ processor. You cannot fathom a processor with better performance than this. If your wallet is heavy enough to afford this $1,096 behemoth then by all means go for it. Yes, you do get to earn all the bragging rights for free. This processor is featured in some of the top gaming grade Lenovo Y510, Alienware and Toshiba Qosmio series laptops.
As you can see, the Intel Core i7-4500U is not even in the radar. You simply can’t compare Toyota Corolla with Bugatti Veyron now can you? I hope you enjoyed and learned something from this article. Always remember to be an educated customer so that you do not get swindled by the deceptive and misleading information fed to you buy the salesperson.