Intel Core i7-6700HQ vs Intel Core i7-6600U vs Intel Core i7-6650U

Intel Core i7-6700HQ

► remove 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 i7-6600U

► remove 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.

Intel Core i7-6650U

► remove Intel 6650U

The Intel Core i7-6650U 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 (besides the i7-6600U) and can be found in ultrabooks as well as normal notebooks. In addition to two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.2 - 3.4 GHz (2 cores: max. 3.2 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 i7-6650U 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 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 i7-6700HQIntel Core i7-6600UIntel Core i7-6650U
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
SkylakeSkylakeSkylake
: Core i7 Skylake
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ2800 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-6700HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U3300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U2600 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U2200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ2800 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U3300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-6600U2600 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U2200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ2800 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U3300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U2600 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-6650U2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U2200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
2600 - 3500 MHz2600 - 3400 MHz2200 - 3400 MHz
256 KB128 KB128 KB
1 MB512 KB512 KB
6 MB4 MB4 MB
4 / 82 / 42 / 4
45 15 15
14 14 14
122 mm299 mm2
100 °C100 °C100 °C
BGABGABGA
Dual-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-NI, vPro, TXTDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXT
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 520 (300 - 1050 MHz)Intel Iris Graphics 540 (300 - 1050 MHz)
$378 U.S.$393 U.S.$415 U.S.
Intel Core i7 6700HQIntel Core i7 6600UIntel Core i7 6650U

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 586     avg: 671.5     median: 676 (15%)     max: 689 Points
min: 306     avg: 324     median: 321 (7%)     max: 348 Points
342 Points (8%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 113     avg: 142.3     median: 144 (66%)     max: 150 Points
min: 118     avg: 136.7     median: 141 (65%)     max: 144 Points
132 Points (61%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6.56     avg: 7.4     median: 7.4 (28%)     max: 7.52 Points
min: 3.25     avg: 3.6     median: 3.6 (13%)     max: 3.84 Points
3.8 Points (14%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.2     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (67%)     max: 1.7 Points
min: 1.19     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (66%)     max: 1.63 Points
1.5 Points (62%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4104     avg: 5328.4     median: 5419 (59%)     max: 5550 Points
min: 3260     avg: 5259.1     median: 5298 (58%)     max: 7045 Points
5223 Points (57%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 18994     avg: 20191.4     median: 20190 (41%)     max: 20639 Points
min: 9140     avg: 11541.4     median: 11320 (23%)     max: 14948 Points
11564 Points (23%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 20383     avg: 26108.2     median: 26393 (35%)     max: 26950 Points
min: 14391     avg: 14724     median: 14412 (19%)     max: 15369 Points
14833 Points (20%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5208     avg: 6814.1     median: 6997.5 (68%)     max: 7206 Points
min: 6863     avg: 7593.3     median: 6890 (67%)     max: 9027 Points
6787 Points (66%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 229.307     avg: 261     median: 233.1 (3%)     max: 382 seconds
min: 447.319     avg: 503     median: 509.2 (6%)     max: 525.775 seconds
445.6 seconds (5%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 7.473     avg: 8.5     median: 7.7 (2%)     max: 11.9 seconds
min: 14.079     avg: 15.3     median: 14.7 (3%)     max: 19.264 seconds
14.9 seconds (3%)
wPrime 1.55 - 1024m *
min: 229.748     avg: 231.9     median: 232.8 (1%)     max: 233.068 seconds
wPrime 1.55 - 32m *
min: 7.555     avg: 7.8     median: 7.8 (4%)     max: 8.202 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 3695     avg: 4456.8     median: 4618 (54%)     max: 4950 KB/s
min: 2264     avg: 2449.5     median: 2449.5 (29%)     max: 2635 KB/s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 22392     avg: 22733.5     median: 22733.5 (49%)     max: 23075 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 5040     avg: 5113.5     median: 5113.5 (74%)     max: 5187 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 35.9     avg: 41.9     median: 42 (1%)     max: 43 fps
min: 19.52     avg: 20.8     median: 20 (1%)     max: 22.62 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 137.6     avg: 155.7     median: 157.5 (58%)     max: 162.4 fps
min: 103.7     avg: 111     median: 109 (40%)     max: 120.37 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
5.4 fps (30%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.319     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (20%)     max: 0.393 GB/s
min: 0.193     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (11%)     max: 0.201 GB/s
0.2 GB/s (11%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.543     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (22%)     max: 0.667 GB/s
min: 0.317     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (11%)     max: 0.343 GB/s
0.3 GB/s (11%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 2.9     avg: 3.7     median: 3.8 (19%)     max: 3.8 GB/s
min: 1.9     avg: 1.9     median: 1.9 (10%)     max: 2 GB/s
2 GB/s (10%)
Blender 2.79 *
673.9 Seconds (7%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5373     avg: 6975.3     median: 7092 (49%)     max: 7205 Points
min: 4107     avg: 4333.5     median: 4333.5 (30%)     max: 4560 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10     avg: 11.1     median: 10.9 (2%)     max: 12.808 Seconds
min: 10.905     avg: 11.1     median: 11.1 (2%)     max: 11.345 Seconds
11.7 Seconds (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 23.837     avg: 24.8     median: 24.2 (1%)     max: 28.067 Seconds
min: 24.753     avg: 25.2     median: 25.1 (1%)     max: 26.034 Seconds
26.3 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 544.682     avg: 578.2     median: 565 (3%)     max: 657.671 Seconds
min: 558.339     avg: 577.6     median: 572.4 (3%)     max: 609.647 Seconds
612.8 Seconds (3%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 23076     avg: 24458.4     median: 24728.5 (41%)     max: 25285 Points
12712 Points (21%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 6170     avg: 8251.1     median: 8508 (46%)     max: 9176 points
min: 4034     avg: 4479.1     median: 4606.5 (25%)     max: 4780 points
4919 points (26%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 23589     avg: 40949.8     median: 41481 (27%)     max: 46650 Points
min: 31340     avg: 38138.2     median: 37127 (24%)     max: 42543 Points
44259 Points (28%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 25914     avg: 40703.4     median: 41224 (49%)     max: 46052 Points
min: 26121     avg: 37420.4     median: 39364 (47%)     max: 42164 Points
43694 Points (52%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 37657     avg: 45097.6     median: 45682 (53%)     max: 48010 Points
min: 42770     avg: 43159     median: 43159 (50%)     max: 43548 Points
44857 Points (52%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3465     avg: 6810.1     median: 6916 (17%)     max: 7202 Points
min: 3073     avg: 3542.6     median: 3569 (9%)     max: 3745 Points
3639 Points (9%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 5271     avg: 9539.6     median: 9633 (36%)     max: 9917 Points
min: 4279     avg: 5085.9     median: 5134.5 (19%)     max: 5344 Points
5372 Points (20%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
8575 Points (69%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
8107 Points (74%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
18111 Points (52%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
10046 Points (31%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
12333 Points (47%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 10698     avg: 12432.2     median: 12733.5 (41%)     max: 13065 Points