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

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 i7-6820HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 6820HQ

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.

ModelIntel Core i7-6700HQIntel Core i7-6560UIntel Core i7-6820HQ
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, vPro, TXT
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 6820HQ

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: 699     avg: 703     median: 704 (7%)     max: 706 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: 149     avg: 152     median: 153 (52%)     max: 154 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: 7.63     avg: 7.7     median: 7.7 (14%)     max: 7.7 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: 1.7     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (5%)     max: 1.74 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4104     avg: 5328     median: 5419 (48%)     max: 5550 Points
5054 Points (45%)
min: 5401     avg: 5470     median: 5429 (48%)     max: 5580 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 18994     avg: 20191     median: 20190 (28%)     max: 20639 Points
11205 Points (15%)
min: 20682     avg: 20876     median: 20868 (29%)     max: 21079 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 20383     avg: 26108     median: 26393 (23%)     max: 26950 Points
103%
1 6820HQ +
min: 27072     avg: 27217     median: 27217 (24%)     max: 27362 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5208     avg: 6814     median: 6997.5 (43%)     max: 7206 Points
100%
1 6820HQ +
min: 6965     avg: 6978     median: 6978 (43%)     max: 6991 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: 230.8     avg: 235.9     median: 235.9 (3%)     max: 241 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: 7.77     avg: 7.9     median: 7.9 (2%)     max: 8.03 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
79%
1 6820HQ +
min: 3187     avg: 3642     median: 3642 (21%)     max: 4097 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: 44     avg: 44.2     median: 44.2 (20%)     max: 44.3 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: 164     median: 164 (44%)     max: 167 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: 0.386     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (14%)     max: 0.41 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: 0.665     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (14%)     max: 0.69 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%)
3.9 GB/s (14%)
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
97%
1 6820HQ +
min: 6835     avg: 7008     median: 6866 (15%)     max: 7323 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: 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: 23.84     avg: 24.8     median: 24.2 (1%)     max: 28.07 s
26.8 s (1%)
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: 545     avg: 578     median: 565 (3%)     max: 658 s
618 s (3%)
min: 561     avg: 571     median: 571 (3%)     max: 581 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 23076     avg: 24458     median: 24728.5 (25%)     max: 25285 Points
102%
1 6820HQ +
min: 24707     avg: 25336     median: 25336 (26%)     max: 25965 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: 8943     avg: 9524     median: 9731 (34%)     max: 9897 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: 39574     avg: 39915     median: 39915 (26%)     max: 40256 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 25914     avg: 40703     median: 41224 (34%)     max: 46052 Points
89%
1 6560U +
36774 Points (30%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 37657     avg: 45098     median: 45682 (38%)     max: 48010 Points
44124 Points (37%)
48991 Points (41%)
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: 7287     avg: 7356     median: 7350 (19%)     max: 7431 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 5271     avg: 9540     median: 9633 (24%)     max: 9917 Points
min: 5007     avg: 5036     median: 5035.5 (12%)     max: 5064 Points
min: 9944     avg: 10113     median: 10096 (25%)     max: 10300 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3246     avg: 3715     median: 3791.5 (20%)     max: 3965 Points
107%
1 6820HQ +
4047 Points (22%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6560U +
3903 Points (45%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6560U +
7776 Points (10%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3663     avg: 4114     median: 4234 (66%)     max: 4326 Points
101%
1 6820HQ +
4257 Points (66%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 11033     avg: 12421     median: 12796.5 (31%)     max: 13058 Points
104%
1 6820HQ +
13339 Points (32%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 10698     avg: 12432     median: 12733.5 (23%)     max: 13065 Points
103%
1 6820HQ +
13090 Points (23%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 2853     avg: 3352     median: 3422 (67%)     max: 3696 Points
107%
1 6820HQ +
3668 Points (72%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 12486     avg: 13197     median: 13122.5 (21%)     max: 14057 Points
106%
1 6820HQ +
13856 Points (22%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3291     avg: 3611     median: 3623 (59%)     max: 3906 Points
106%
1 6820HQ +
3849 Points (63%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
100%
1 6700HQ +
8575 Points (69%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
100%
1 6700HQ +
8107 Points (74%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
100%
1 6700HQ +
18111 Points (35%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
100%
1 6700HQ +
10046 Points (20%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 6700HQ +
12333 Points (32%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 899     avg: 1088     median: 1009.5 (1%)     max: 1904 ms