Intel Core i7-6500U vs Intel Core i7-6820HQ

Intel Core i7-6500U

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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 i7-6820HQ

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The Intel Core i7-6820HQ is a quad-core processor based on the Skylake architecture, that has been launched in September 2015. In addition to four CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.7 - 3.6 GHz (4 cores: max. 3.2 GHz, 2 cores: max. 3.4 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.

Compared to the very similar Core i7-6820HK, the Core i7-6820HQ supports additional administration and security features like Intel vPro and TXT, but lacks the unlocked multiplier for OC.

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

Thanks to the improved architecture, the Core i7-6820HQ performs roughly on par with the former Core i7-4900MQ (Haswell) or the Core i7-5700HQ (Broadwell). Under long-lasting full load, the Skylake chip will take the lead over most of its Haswell-based predecessors, as the advanced 14 nm process leads to a higher energy efficiency and reduces throttling.

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 - 1050 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 i7-6500UIntel Core i7-6820HQ
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
SkylakeSkylake
: Core i7 Skylake
Intel Core i7-6920HQ compare2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ compare2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U compare3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U compare2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U compare2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6920HQ compare2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ compare2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U compare3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U compare2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U compare2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
2500 - 3100 MHz2700 - 3600 MHz
128 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB
4 MB8 MB
2 / 44 / 8
15 45
14 14
99 mm2122 mm2
100 °C100 °C
BGABGA
Dual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXT
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 520 (300 - 1050 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$393 U.S.$378 U.S.
Intel Core i7 6500UIntel Core i7 6820HQ

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 220     avg: 307     median: 316 (7%)     max: 330 Points
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min: 699     avg: 703     median: 704 (16%)     max: 706 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 84     avg: 124     median: 128 (47%)     max: 132 Points
min: 149     avg: 152     median: 153 (56%)     max: 154 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2.44     avg: 3.4     median: 3.5 (7%)     max: 3.64 Points
min: 7.63     avg: 7.7     median: 7.7 (15%)     max: 7.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 0.98     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (46%)     max: 1.49 Points
min: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (55%)     max: 1.74 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3295     avg: 4922     median: 4886 (44%)     max: 7350
min: 5401     avg: 5470     median: 5429 (48%)     max: 5580
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 7308     avg: 10403     median: 10844 (18%)     max: 11200
min: 20682     avg: 20876     median: 20868 (35%)     max: 21079
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 9374     avg: 13463     median: 13885.5 (13%)     max: 14377 Points
min: 27072     avg: 27217     median: 27217 (26%)     max: 27362 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 6209     avg: 6418     median: 6352.5 (48%)     max: 7220 Points
min: 6965     avg: 6978     median: 6978 (53%)     max: 6991 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 476     avg: 509     median: 516.9 (6%)     max: 540.402 s
min: 230.77     avg: 236     median: 235.9 (3%)     max: 241 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 15     avg: 15.7     median: 15.7 (3%)     max: 16.529 s
min: 7.77     avg: 7.9     median: 7.9 (2%)     max: 8.03 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 2355     avg: 2550     median: 2482 (16%)     max: 2813
min: 3187     avg: 3642     median: 3642 (23%)     max: 4097
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 18.13     avg: 20.1     median: 20.4 (9%)     max: 21 fps
min: 44     avg: 44.2     median: 44.2 (20%)     max: 44.3 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 99.53     avg: 105     median: 105 (31%)     max: 110.66 fps
min: 160.9     avg: 164     median: 164 (48%)     max: 167 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.181     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.191 GB/s
min: 0.386     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.41 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.262     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.322 GB/s
min: 0.665     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (1%)     max: 0.69 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 1.8     avg: 1.8     median: 1.8 (0%)     max: 1.9 GB/s
3.9 GB/s (0%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3214     avg: 4112     median: 4231 (23%)     max: 4283 Points
min: 6835     avg: 7008     median: 6866 (38%)     max: 7323 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.3     median: 12.2 (3%)     max: 13.205 s
min: 10     avg: 10.5     median: 10.5 (2%)     max: 10.99 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
min: 23     avg: 23.6     median: 23.6 (1%)     max: 24.1 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 615     avg: 653     median: 653.7 (3%)     max: 689.667 s
min: 561     avg: 571     median: 571 (3%)     max: 581 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 8291     avg: 11139     median: 11639 (13%)     max: 11851 Points
min: 24707     avg: 25336     median: 25336 (29%)     max: 25965 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 3079     avg: 4223     median: 4243.5 (18%)     max: 5008 Points
min: 8943     avg: 9524     median: 9731 (42%)     max: 9897 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 22594     avg: 35503     median: 36182 (23%)     max: 41441 Points
min: 39574     avg: 39915     median: 39915 (26%)     max: 40256 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 6500U +
min: 22961     avg: 35023     median: 35351 (38%)     max: 40997 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 25957     avg: 37163     median: 38156 (39%)     max: 43183 Points
48991 Points (51%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 1843     avg: 3309     median: 3415 (9%)     max: 3595 Points
min: 7287     avg: 7356     median: 7350 (19%)     max: 7431 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 2990     avg: 4778     median: 4905 (12%)     max: 5069 Points
min: 9944     avg: 10113     median: 10096 (25%)     max: 10300 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 1205     avg: 1685     median: 1837.5 (13%)     max: 1861 Points
4047 Points (28%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 6500U +
7572 Points (20%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
min: 6092     avg: 6472     median: 6488.5 (12%)     max: 6904
13090 (23%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
min: 2800     avg: 3012     median: 2997.5 (62%)     max: 3278
3668 (75%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 6403     avg: 6728     median: 6728 (11%)     max: 7053
13856 (22%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 2902     avg: 3146     median: 3145.5 (64%)     max: 3389
3849 (78%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 3350     avg: 3709     median: 3872 (60%)     max: 3906
4257 (66%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 6721     avg: 7191     median: 7303 (18%)     max: 7550
13339 (32%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 1081     avg: 1230     median: 1133.1 (2%)     max: 2127 ms
1834 ms (3%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 80.2     avg: 88.3     median: 85.9 (1%)     max: 110.4 ms
84.2 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 15973     avg: 30117     median: 31016 (50%)     max: 33275 Points
19404 Points (31%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 6820HQ +
77.8 Watt (21%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 6820HQ +
35.9 Watt (9%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6500U → 100% n=36

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6820HQ → 157% n=36

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