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Intel Core i7-6700HQ vs Intel Core i7-6560U vs Intel Core i7-6820HK

Intel Core i7-6700HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 6700HQ

The Intel Core i7-6700HQ 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 2.6 - 3.5 GHz (4 cores: max. 3.1 GHz, 2 cores: max. 3.3 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. 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 i7-6700HQ performs roughly on par with the former, somewhat higher clocked Core i7-4900MQ or i7-4810MQ (Haswell). Under long-lasting full load, the Skylake chip will take the lead over 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 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 i7-6560U

► 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 i7-6820HK

► remove from comparison Intel 6820HK

The Intel Core i7-6820HK 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.

Currently, the i7-6820HK is the only Skylake chip with an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking (similar to previous Extreme Editions).

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

Tanks to the improved architecture, the Core i7-6820HK 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. If the 6820HK is overclocked (we've tested up to 4.0 GHz on all 4 cores), the performance will be even better.

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.

ModelIntel Core i7-6700HQIntel Core i7-6560UIntel Core i7-6820HK
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
Clock2600 - 3500 MHz2200 - 3200 MHz2700 - 3600 MHz
L1 Cache256 KB128 KB256 KB
L2 Cache1 MB512 KB1 MB
L3 Cache6 MB4 MB8 MB
Cores / Threads4 / 82 / 44 / 8
TDP45 Watt15 Watt45 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
Die Size122 mm2122 mm2
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
SocketBGABGABGA
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, 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, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)Intel Iris Graphics 540 (300 - 1050 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$378 U.S.$378 U.S.
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Core i7 6700HQIntel Core i7 6560UIntel Core i7 6820HK

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 586     avg: 671     median: 676 (7%)     max: 689 Points
min: 303     avg: 311.7     median: 314 (3%)     max: 318 Points
min: 687     avg: 739     median: 709 (7%)     max: 836 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 113     avg: 142.2     median: 144 (49%)     max: 150 Points
min: 130     avg: 131.7     median: 132 (45%)     max: 133 Points
min: 134     avg: 153.9     median: 152 (52%)     max: 172 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 6.56     avg: 7.4     median: 7.4 (14%)     max: 7.52 Points
3.5 Points (6%)
min: 7.7     avg: 8.1     median: 7.8 (14%)     max: 9.24 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.2     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (5%)     max: 1.7 Points
1.5 Points (5%)
min: 1.58     avg: 1.8     median: 1.7 (5%)     max: 1.94 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4104     avg: 5328     median: 5419 (48%)     max: 5550 Points
5054 Points (45%)
min: 5559     avg: 5776     median: 5653 (50%)     max: 6405 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 18994     avg: 20191     median: 20190 (28%)     max: 20639 Points
11205 Points (15%)
min: 20910     avg: 21774     median: 21165 (29%)     max: 24966 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 20383     avg: 26108     median: 26393 (23%)     max: 26950 Points
104%
1 6820HK +
min: 27271     avg: 27498     median: 27479.5 (24%)     max: 27762 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5208     avg: 6814     median: 6997.5 (43%)     max: 7206 Points
105%
1 6820HK +
min: 7217     avg: 7316     median: 7313 (45%)     max: 7421 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 229.3     avg: 261     median: 233.1 (3%)     max: 382 s
482.9 s (6%)
min: 210.3     avg: 229.7     median: 224.7 (3%)     max: 296.6 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 7.473     avg: 8.4     median: 7.7 (2%)     max: 11.9 s
14.6 s (3%)
min: 6.434     avg: 7.4     median: 7.3 (1%)     max: 9.5 s
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 1024m *
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 229.7     avg: 231.9     median: 232.8 (1%)     max: 233.1 s
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 32m *
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 7.555     avg: 7.8     median: 7.8 (4%)     max: 8.202 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3695     avg: 4457     median: 4618 (27%)     max: 4950 Points
115%
1 6820HK +
min: 5314     avg: 5369     median: 5314 (31%)     max: 5480 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 22392     avg: 22734     median: 22733.5 (16%)     max: 23075 MIPS
39%
1 6560U +
8885 MIPS (6%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5040     avg: 5114     median: 5113.5 (73%)     max: 5187 MIPS
66%
1 6560U +
3396 MIPS (49%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 35.9     avg: 41.9     median: 42 (19%)     max: 43 fps
20.3 fps (9%)
min: 43.9     avg: 45.1     median: 44.1 (20%)     max: 50 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 137.6     avg: 155.7     median: 157.5 (43%)     max: 162.4 fps
110 fps (30%)
min: 160.9     avg: 171.4     median: 165.9 (45%)     max: 190 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
100%
1 6700HQ +
5.4 fps (12%)
46%
1 6560U +
2.5 fps (5%)
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TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.319     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (13%)     max: 0.393 GB/s
0.2 GB/s (7%)
min: 0.311     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (14%)     max: 0.477 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.543     avg: 0.6     median: 0.7 (14%)     max: 0.667 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (7%)
min: 0.503     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (14%)     max: 0.803 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 2.9     avg: 3.7     median: 3.8 (14%)     max: 3.8 GB/s
1.9 GB/s (7%)
min: 2.1     avg: 3.9     median: 3.9 (14%)     max: 4.6 GB/s
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
100%
1 6700HQ +
674 Seconds (5%)
94%
1 6560U +
1505 Seconds (11%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5373     avg: 6975     median: 7092 (15%)     max: 7205 Points
104%
1 6820HK +
min: 7234     avg: 7601     median: 7410 (16%)     max: 8697 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10     avg: 11.1     median: 10.9 (2%)     max: 12.81 s
11.8 s (3%)
min: 9     avg: 10     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.63 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 23.84     avg: 24.8     median: 24.2 (1%)     max: 28.07 s
26.8 s (1%)
min: 20     avg: 22.3     median: 23 (1%)     max: 23.39 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 545     avg: 578     median: 565 (3%)     max: 658 s
618 s (3%)
min: 486.7     avg: 532     median: 535.5 (2%)     max: 572 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 23076     avg: 24458     median: 24728.5 (25%)     max: 25285 Points
106%
1 6820HK +
min: 26017     avg: 26256     median: 26272 (27%)     max: 26478 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 6170     avg: 8251     median: 8508 (30%)     max: 9176 Points
min: 4255     avg: 4408     median: 4399 (15%)     max: 4570 Points
min: 8220     avg: 9612     median: 9468 (33%)     max: 10925 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 23589     avg: 40950     median: 41481 (27%)     max: 46650 Points
min: 36243     avg: 39493     median: 40569 (26%)     max: 41667 Points
min: 43579     avg: 49276     median: 47533.5 (31%)     max: 58061 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 25914     avg: 40703     median: 41224 (34%)     max: 46052 Points
36774 Points (30%)
min: 43592     avg: 49506     median: 47817 (40%)     max: 56227 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 37657     avg: 45098     median: 45682 (38%)     max: 48010 Points
44124 Points (37%)
min: 45688     avg: 49381     median: 47727 (40%)     max: 55770 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 3465     avg: 6810     median: 6916 (17%)     max: 7202 Points
min: 3351     avg: 3413     median: 3379 (9%)     max: 3509 Points
min: 6663     avg: 7660     median: 7388 (19%)     max: 8824 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 5271     avg: 9540     median: 9633 (24%)     max: 9917 Points