The Intel Core i7-4720HQ is a processor designed for high-performance laptop PCs. You can find it often in gaming notebooks and mobile workstations requiring a lot of horsepower for the latest 3D games and demanding programs such as photography and video editors, engineering software and similar. It is one of the fastest notebook CPUs. The i7-4720HQ has four cores instead of usual two and offers high clock speeds of up to 3.6GHz. Except the clock speed, the chip has the same specifications as the 3.5GHz i7-4710HQ and only slightly better performance.
These processors from Intel’s 4th Generation Intel Core Haswell family don’t have as great power efficiency as the mainstream dual-core Core U series, such as the 5th Gen Broadwell i7-5500U. The current quad-core i7 consumes 47 Watts of power versus 15W of the U series counterparts, so laptops with the former don’t have as good battery life as the comparable latter and aren’t suitable for use in thin notebook designs.
The Intel Core i7-4720HQ features the basic Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics, suitable only for casual and less demanding game titles. However, laptops with the CPU usually come with much better dedicated video cards.
As a side note, the 4720HQ is now discontinued in favor of the 5th Gen Broadwell i7 quad-core.
Check out laptops with the i7-4720HQ.