Intel Core i7-4720HQ High-Performance Processor

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.

Intel Core i7-4720HQ Benchmark

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.

Specifications of the Intel Core i7-4720HQ

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Core i7-4720HQ:

Processor Name

Intel Core i7-4720HQ

CPU Family

4th Generation Intel Core "Haswell"

Number of Cores

Quad-core / 2 threads per core

CPU Clock Speed


Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 1333MHz
DDR3 1600MHz

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD 4600

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

Gaming & High-Performance Laptops


Intel HyperThreading
Intel QuickSync
Intel TurboBoost
VT-d Virtualization
VT-x Virtualization

User Benchmark Average CPU Score



Written by on April 28, 2015

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the Intel Core i7-4720HQ

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brody Holman

    I bought an Alienware 17xr2 in late 2015 with a 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4720HQ with a dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980m graphics card. I have to say these two devices seem to run flawlessly together. It is now early 2017 and I have to say this processor keeps very cool (about 75c) when running high-end games to date (very good temp). I also recently bought an Alienware graphics amplifier for my new 2017 Alienware 17xr2 with a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK with a dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 graphics card with 8GB GDDR5. I bought the Alienware Graphics Amplifier with an EVGA NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 FTW to turn my laptop into a desktop and put less stress on my internal dedicated graphics card. What im getting at is; when I got my amplifier (just for fun to see what would happen) I plugged the graphics amplifier into my 2015 Alienware with the i7-4720HQ thinking it would throttle the piss out of everything (because an EVGA GTX 1080 FTW is very powerful). But actually, it runs incredibly well. I might actually use my new Alienware for when I travel and just always use my 2015 model to plug into the amplifier because my new one is powerful enough to play any game so I really don’t need the amplifier for it. Thanks intel for creating a processor that still runs well with one of the highest demanding graphics cards to date. P.S. this is a notebook processor and still runs amazing with desktop-class graphics cards TWO YEARS after it was released WOW!.

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