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Intel Core i7-6500U vs Intel Core i7-6560U vs Intel Core i7-6600U

Intel Core i7-6500U

► remove from comparison Intel 6500U

The Intel Core i7-6500U 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 2.5 - 3.1 GHz (2 cores: max. 3.0 GHz), the chip also integrates an HD Graphics 520 GPU 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").

Performance

According to the specified clock rates and the improved architecture, the Core i7-6500U should perform similar to a Core i5-4300M (Haswell, 37 W) or a Core i7-5600U (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 HD Graphics 520 represents the "GT2" version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). The 24 Execution Units, also called EUs, are clocked at 300 - 1050 MHz and offer a performance somewhere in range of a dedicated GeForce 820M. Games of 2015 can thus be played smoothly in low settings. For more information about performance and features, check our page for the HD Graphics 520.

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 7.5 watts (cTDP down), reducing both heat dissipation and performance and allowing even more compact designs.

Intel Core i7-6560U

► remove from comparison Intel 6560U

The Intel Core i7-6560U 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 2.2 - 3.2 GHz (2 cores: max. 3.1 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 i7-6560U should perform similar to a Core i5-4300M (Haswell, 37 W) and slightly beat the Core i7-5600U (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 - 1050 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.

Intel Core i7-6600U

► remove from comparison Intel 6600U

The Intel Core i7-6600U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core SoC based on the Skylake architecture. In September 2015, it's the fastest CPU of the 15 W series, which can be found in ultrabooks as well as normal notebooks. In addition to two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.6 - 3.4 GHz (2 cores: max. 3.2 GHz), the chip also integrates an HD Graphics 520 GPU 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").

Performance

According to the specified clock rates and the improved architecture, the Core i7-6600U should perform similar to a Core i5-4310M (Haswell, 37 W) and is one of the fastest ULV dual-cores as of late 2015. 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 HD Graphics 520 represents the "GT2" version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). The 24 Execution Units, also called EUs, are clocked at 300 - 1050 MHz and offer a performance somewhere in range of a dedicated GeForce 820M. Games of 2015 can thus be played smoothly in low settings. For more information about performance and features, check our page for the HD Graphics 520.

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 7.5 watts (cTDP down), reducing both heat dissipation and performance and allowing even more compact designs.

ModelIntel Core i7-6500UIntel Core i7-6560UIntel Core i7-6600U
SeriesIntel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
CodenameSkylakeSkylakeSkylake
Series: Core i7 Skylake
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-6560U2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-6600U2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Clock2500 - 3100 MHz2200 - 3200 MHz2600 - 3400 MHz
L1 Cache128 KB128 KB128 KB
L2 Cache512 KB512 KB512 KB
L3 Cache4 MB4 MB4 MB
Cores / Threads2 / 42 / 42 / 4
TDP15 Watt15 Watt15 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
Die Size99 mm299 mm2
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
SocketBGABGABGA
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXT
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 520 (300 - 1050 MHz)Intel Iris Graphics 540 (300 - 1050 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 520 (300 - 1050 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$393 U.S.$393 U.S.
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Core i7 6500UIntel Core i7 6560UIntel Core i7 6600U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 220     avg: 307.4     median: 316 (3%)     max: 330 Points
min: 303     avg: 311.7     median: 314 (3%)     max: 318 Points
min: 306     avg: 324     median: 321 (3%)     max: 348 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 84     avg: 124.3     median: 128 (39%)     max: 132 Points
min: 130     avg: 131.7     median: 132 (40%)     max: 133 Points
min: 118     avg: 136.6     median: 141 (43%)     max: 144 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2.44     avg: 3.4     median: 3.5 (5%)     max: 3.64 Points
3.5 Points (5%)
min: 3.25     avg: 3.6     median: 3.6 (5%)     max: 3.84 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 0.98     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (5%)     max: 1.49 Points
1.5 Points (5%)
min: 1.19     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (5%)     max: 1.63 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3295     avg: 4922     median: 4886 (40%)     max: 7350 Points
5054 Points (41%)
min: 3260     avg: 5259     median: 5298 (43%)     max: 7045 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 7308     avg: 10403     median: 10844 (12%)     max: 11200 Points
11205 Points (13%)
min: 9140     avg: 11541     median: 11320 (13%)     max: 14948 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 6500U +
min: 9374     avg: 13463     median: 13885.5 (10%)     max: 14377 Points
104%
1 6600U +
min: 14391     avg: 14724     median: 14412 (11%)     max: 15369 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 6500U +
min: 6209     avg: 6418     median: 6352.5 (35%)     max: 7220 Points
108%
1 6600U +
min: 6863     avg: 7593     median: 6890 (38%)     max: 9027 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 476     avg: 509     median: 517 (6%)     max: 540 s
482.9 s (6%)
min: 447.3     avg: 503     median: 509 (6%)     max: 526 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 15     avg: 15.7     median: 15.7 (3%)     max: 16.53 s
14.6 s (3%)
min: 14.08     avg: 15.3     median: 14.7 (3%)     max: 19.26 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 6500U +
min: 2355     avg: 2550     median: 2482 (14%)     max: 2813 Points
99%
1 6600U +
min: 2264     avg: 2450     median: 2449.5 (14%)     max: 2635 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
100%
1 6560U +
8885 MIPS (5%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
100%
1 6560U +
3396 MIPS (41%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 18.13     avg: 20.1     median: 20.4 (7%)     max: 21 fps
20.3 fps (7%)
min: 19.52     avg: 20.8     median: 20 (7%)     max: 22.62 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 99.5     avg: 105.5     median: 105 (25%)     max: 110.7 fps
110 fps (26%)
min: 103.7     avg: 111     median: 109 (26%)     max: 120.4 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
100%
1 6560U +
2.5 fps (5%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.181     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.191 GB/s
0.2 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.193     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.201 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.262     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.322 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.317     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.343 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 1.8     avg: 1.8     median: 1.8 (0%)     max: 1.9 GB/s
1.9 GB/s (0%)
min: 1.9     avg: 1.9     median: 1.9 (0%)     max: 2 GB/s
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
100%
1 6560U +
1505 Seconds (11%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 6500U +
min: 3214     avg: 4112     median: 4231 (9%)     max: 4283 Points
102%
1 6600U +
min: 4107     avg: 4334     median: 4333.5 (9%)     max: 4560 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.4     median: 12.2 (3%)     max: 13.2 s
11.8 s (3%)
min: 10.9     avg: 11.1     median: 11.1 (2%)     max: 11.35 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27     avg: 28.1     median: 28 (1%)     max: 29.7 s
26.8 s (1%)
min: 24.75     avg: 25.2     median: 25.1 (1%)     max: 26.03 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 615     avg: 653     median: 653.5 (3%)     max: 690 s
618 s (3%)
min: 558     avg: 578     median: 572 (3%)     max: 610 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 6500U +
min: 8291     avg: 11139     median: 11639 (11%)     max: 11851 Points
109%
1 6600U +
12712 Points (12%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 3079     avg: 4223     median: 4243.5 (12%)     max: 5008 Points
min: 4255     avg: 4408     median: 4399 (12%)     max: 4570 Points
min: 4034     avg: 4479     median: 4606.5 (13%)     max: 4780 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 22594     avg: 35503     median: 36182 (23%)     max: 41441 Points
min: 36243     avg: 39493     median: 40569 (26%)     max: 41667 Points
min: 31340     avg: 38138     median: 37127 (24%)     max: 42543 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 22961     avg: 35023     median: 35351 (29%)     max: 40997 Points
36774 Points (30%)
min: 26121     avg: 37420     median: 39364 (33%)     max: 42164 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 25957     avg: 37163     median: 38156 (32%)     max: 43183 Points
44124 Points (37%)
min: 42770     avg: 43159     median: 43159 (36%)     max: 43548 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 1843     avg: 3309     median: 3415 (9%)     max: 3595 Points
min: 3351     avg: 3413     median: 3379 (9%)     max: 3509 Points
min: 3073     avg: 3543     median: 3569 (9%)     max: 3745 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 2990     avg: 4778     median: 4905 (9%)     max: 5069 Points
min: 5007     avg: 5036     median: 5035.5 (9%)     max: 5064 Points
min: 4279     avg: 5086     median: 5134.5 (9%)     max: 5344 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
100%
1 6500U +
min: 1205     avg: 1685     median: 1837.5 (9%)     max: 1861 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6560U +
3903 Points (40%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6560U +
7776 Points (9%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6500U +
min: 3350     avg: 3709     median: 3872 (60%)     max: 3906 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6500U +
min: 6721     avg: 7191     median: 7303 (18%)     max: 7550 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6500U +
min: 6092     avg: 6472     median: 6488.5 (12%)     max: 6904 Points
103%
1 6600U +
min: 6303     avg: 6693     median: 6692.5 (12%)     max: 7082 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6500U +
min: 2800     avg: 3012     median: 2997.5 (59%)     max: 3278 Points
107%
1 6600U +
min: 3060     avg: 3222     median: 3222 (63%)     max: 3384 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6500U +
min: 6403     avg: 6728     median: 6728 (11%)     max: 7053 Points
105%
1 6600U +
min: 6618     avg: 7032     median: 7031.5 (11%)     max: 7445 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6500U +
min: 2902     avg: 3146     median: 3145.5 (51%)     max: 3389 Points
107%
1 6600U +
min: 3191     avg: 3369     median: 3369 (55%)     max: 3547 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 6500U +
7572 Points (20%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 6500U +
min: 1081     avg: 1230     median: 1133 (1%)     max: 2127 ms
100%
1 6600U +
min: 1030     avg: 1601     median: 1048 (1%)     max: 3827 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 6500U +
min: 80.2     avg: 88.3     median: 85.9 (1%)     max: 110.4 ms
99%
1 6600U +
min: 77.3     avg: 137.8     median: 134.4 (1%)     max: 205 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
1 6500U +
min: 15973     avg: 30117     median: 31016 (32%)     max: 33275 Points
106%
1 6600U +
min: 8244     avg: 28548     median: 32986 (34%)     max: 35045 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 6600U +
28.9 Watt (5%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 6600U +
26.2 Watt (5%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
100%
1 6600U +
11.8 Points per Watt (14%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6500U → 100% n=22

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6560U → 103% n=22

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6600U → 105% n=22

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- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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