Intel Core i5-6300HQ vs Intel Core i5-6350HQ vs Intel Core i5-6260U

Intel Core i5-6300HQ

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The Intel Core i5-6300HQ is a quad-core processor based on the Skylake architecture, that has been launched in September 2015. In addition to four CPU cores (no Hyper-Threading support) clocked at 2.3 - 3.2 GHz (4 cores: max. 2.8 GHz, 2 cores: max. 3.0 GHz), the chip also integrates an HD Graphics 530 GPU and a dual-channel DDR4-2133/DDR3L-1600 memory controller. The CPU is manufactured using a 14 nm process with FinFET transistors.

Architecture

Skylake replaces both Haswell and Broadwell and brings the same microarchitecture in every TDP class from 4.5 to 45 W. The extensive improvements of the Skylake design include increased out-of-order buffers, optimized prefetching and branch prediction as well as additional performance gains through Hyper-Threading (if supported). Overall, however, performance per clock has been increased by only 5 to 10 percent (compared to Haswell) respectively under 5 percent (compard to Broadwell), which is quite modest for a new architecture ("Tock").

Performance

With up to 4 threads under load, the Core i5-6300HQ performs roughly on par with the Core i7-4712HQ (Haswell). However, the Core i7 benefit from Hyper-Threading (up to 25 - 30 percent performance boost) in extensively parallelized software, whereas the Core i5 chips don't support this feature.

Nevertheless, even the most demanding applications and excessive multitasking are handled easily.

Graphics

The integrated graphics unit called HD Graphics 530 represents the "GT2" version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). The 24 Execution Units, also called EUs, are clocked at 350 - 950 MHz and offer a performance about 20 percent above the old HD Graphics 4600. Games of 2015 can thus be played smoothly in low or medium settings. For more information about performance and features, check our page for the HD Graphics 530.

Power Consumption

Specified at a TDP of 45 W (including CPU, GPU and memory controller), the CPU is best suited for bigger notebooks 15-inches in size and above. Optionally, the TDP can be lowered to 35 watts (cTDP down), reducing both heat dissipation and performance.

Intel Core i5-6350HQ

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The Intel Core i5-6350HQ is a fast quad-core processor for notebooks based on the Skylake architecture and was announced in the beginning of 2016. Besides four CPU cores (no Hyperthreading support), which are clocked at 2.3-3.2 GHz (probable Turbo steps: 4 cores: up to 2.8 GHz, 2 cores: up to 3.0 GHz), the processor also integrates the Iris Pro Graphics P580 as well as a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133). It is manufactured in a 14 nm process with FinFET transistors. 

Compared to the Core i5-6300HQ, the i5-6350HQ does have a much more powerful GPU, but does not support the instruction set extension TSX-NI in return.

Architecture

Intel uses Skylake to replace both Broadwell as well as Haswell and therefore uses one core design for all TDP classes between 4.5-45 Watts. Several improvements of the Skylake architecture include bigger Out-to-Order-Buffer, optimizations for pre-fetching as well as bigger gains by Hyperthreading. However, the changes are small for a "Tock" – a new micro architecture – in general, so the per-MHz performance is only between 5-10 % (compared to Haswell) or less than 5 % higher (compared to Broadwell), respectively.

The Core i5-6350HQ also benefits from the additional eDRAM cache in some cases, which can accelerate memory-heavy applications in particular.

Performance

Depending on the effect of the eDRAM cache, the i5-6350HQ is roughly on par with the i7-4700HQ (Haswell) when you stress up to four cores. If the software does support more cores, however, the Core i5 will fall behind by up to 25 % due to the lack of Hyperthreading. Still, even the most demanding applications and excessive multi-tasking are no problem for the CPU.

Graphics

The integrated GPU with the designation Iris Pro Graphics P580 (also known as "GT4e") represents the fastest version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). 72 Execution Units (EUs) run at 350 up to 900 MHz in this case and allow a performance comparable to a dedicated mainstream chip. The GPU might be able to compete with a GeForce 945M under perfect conditions and it is therefore the fastest iGPU on the market by a pretty big margin. Modern games from 2015/2016 can usually be played smoothly at medium settings. More information about the performance and the features is available on our dedicated page for the Iris Pro Graphics P580.

Power Consumption

According to its TDP of 45 Watts, the chip is primarily designed for bigger notebooks starting with 15-inch screens. The TDP can optionally be reduced to 35 Watts (cTDP down), but this would obviously affect the performance.

Intel Core i5-6260U

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The Intel Core i5-6260U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core SoC based on the Skylake architecture and has been launched in September 2015. The CPU can be found in ultrabooks as well as normal notebooks.. In addition to two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 1.8 - 2.9 GHz (2 cores: max. 2.7 GHz), the chip also integrates an Iris Graphics 540 GPU with 64 MB of dedicated eDRAM memory and a dual-channel DDR4-2133/DDR3L-1600 memory controller. The SoC is manufactured using a 14 nm process with FinFET transistors.

Architecture

Skylake replaces both Haswell and Broadwell and brings the same microarchitecture in every TDP class from 4.5 to 45 W. The extensive improvements of the Skylake design include increased out-of-order buffers, optimized prefetching and branch prediction as well as additional performance gains through Hyper-Threading. Overall, however, performance per clock has been increased by only 5 to 10 percent (compared to Haswell) respectively under 5 percent (compard to Broadwell), which is quite modest for a new architecture ("Tock").

Furthermore, the organisation of the eDRAM cache has been modified. Instead of acting like a victim cache, which has to be adressed via the L3/LLC, the eDRAM can now be adressed directly by programms just like the main memory. The size is still 128 MB for the quad-core models (4C + GT4e), while the dual-core chips (2C + GT3e) only offer 64 MB.

Performance

According to the specified clock rates and the improved architecture, the Core i5-6260U should perform similar to the former Core i7-5500U/5550U (Broadwell, 15 W). Thus, the CPU has sufficient power for office and multimedia purposes as well as more demanding applications and multitasking.

Graphics

The integrated graphics unit called Iris Graphics 540 represents the "GT3e" version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). The 48 Execution Units, also called EUs, are clocked at 300 - 950 MHz and offer (thanks to the fast eDRAM cache) a performance sligthly above a dedicated GeForce 920M. Games of 2015 can thus be played smoothly in low or medium settings. For more information about performance and features, check our page for the Iris Graphics 540.

Power Consumption

Specified at a TDP of 15 W (including CPU, GPU and memory controller), the CPU is best suited for small notebooks and ultrabooks (11-inches and above). Optionally, the TDP can be lowered to 9.5 watts (cTDP down), reducing both heat dissipation and performance and allowing even more compact designs.

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Intel Core i5-6440HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6350HQ2300 - 3200 MHz4 / 46 MB
» Intel Core i5-6300HQ2300 - 3200 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6287U3100 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6267U2900 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6360U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6300U2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-6260U1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6198DU2300 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-6200U2300 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-6440HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 46 MB
» Intel Core i5-6350HQ2300 - 3200 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6300HQ2300 - 3200 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6287U3100 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6267U2900 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6360U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6300U2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-6260U1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6198DU2300 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-6200U2300 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-6440HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6350HQ2300 - 3200 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6300HQ2300 - 3200 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6287U3100 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6267U2900 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6360U2000 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6300U2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-6260U1800 - 2900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-6198DU2300 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-6200U2300 - 2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 461     avg: 466.8     median: 466 (11%)     max: 472 Points
298 Points (7%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 118     avg: 130.4     median: 131 (60%)     max: 136 Points
117 Points (54%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 5.28     avg: 5.3     median: 5.3 (20%)     max: 5.42 Points
3.3 Points (12%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.46     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (61%)     max: 1.49 Points
1.3 Points (55%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4759     avg: 4871.8     median: 4851 (53%)     max: 5026 Points
4481 Points (49%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 16161     avg: 16460.5     median: 16532.5 (33%)     max: 16616 Points
9949 Points (20%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 20584     avg: 20992.3     median: 21034 (28%)     max: 21359 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 6180     avg: 6375.7     median: 6331 (62%)     max: 6616 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 361.097     avg: 380     median: 383.8 (5%)     max: 395.024 seconds
558 seconds (7%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 11.517     avg: 12.1     median: 12.2 (2%)     max: 12.595 seconds
18 seconds (4%)
WinRAR - Result
min: 2861     avg: 2877     median: 2877 (34%)     max: 2893 KB/s
2457 KB/s (29%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 31     avg: 31.2     median: 31.1 (1%)     max: 31.29 fps
19.3 fps (0%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 149     avg: 151     median: 151 (56%)     max: 153.03 fps
105 fps (39%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.23     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (13%)     max: 0.249 GB/s
0.2 GB/s (9%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.4     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (14%)     max: 0.418 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (9%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 2.4     avg: 2.5     median: 2.5 (13%)     max: 2.5 GB/s
1.7 GB/s (9%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5734     avg: 5750     median: 5750 (40%)     max: 5766 Points
3883 Points (27%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11.69     avg: 11.7     median: 11.7 (3%)     max: 11.752 Seconds
13.8 Seconds (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 26.13     avg: 26.4     median: 26.3 (1%)     max: 26.663 Seconds
29.2 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 596.638     avg: 615.1     median: 617.8 (3%)     max: 630.932 Seconds
660 Seconds (3%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
17420 Points (29%)
11110 Points (19%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 5921     avg: 6117     median: 6111 (33%)     max: 6301 points
4420 points (24%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 41829     avg: 45530.8     median: 47053 (30%)     max: 47688 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 40877     avg: 44425     median: 44784 (53%)     max: 47614 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 42695     avg: 44732     median: 44732 (52%)     max: 46769 Points
39229 Points (45%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2843     avg: 4072     median: 4324 (11%)     max: 4477 Points
3208 Points (8%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3852     avg: 5724.3     median: 6142 (23%)     max: 6209 Points
4544 Points (17%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
10021 Points (81%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
8235 Points (75%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
6446 Points (18%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
6033 Points (19%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
7016 Points (27%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 9307     avg: 9413.5     median: 9413.5 (30%)     max: 9520 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3168     avg: 3234.5     median: 3234.5 (67%)     max: 3301 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
9974 Points (27%)
6512 Points (17%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3432 Points (70%)
3193 Points (65%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
10421 Points (38%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3933 Points (68%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1082     avg: 1124.5     median: 1129.9 (2%)     max: 1161.5 ms
1181 ms (2%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 80.2     avg: 84.3     median: 84.1 (1%)     max: 88.7 ms
85.5 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 31710     avg: 32313.3     median: 32436 (65%)     max: 32794 Points
30382 Points (61%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-6300HQ → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-6260U → 84%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)