Intel Core i7-6700HQ vs Intel Core i7-6820HQ vs Intel Core i7-6500U

Intel Core i7-6700HQ

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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 i7-6820HQ

► remove 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.

Intel Core i7-6500U

► remove 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.

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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
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Dual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXTDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
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wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
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WinRAR - Result
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7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
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7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
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X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
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X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
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HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
5.4 fps (19%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
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TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
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TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
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3.9 GB/s (20%)
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Blender 2.79 *
674 Seconds (5%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
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Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
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Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
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Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
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3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
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3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
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3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
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3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
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3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
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48991 Points (57%)
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3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
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3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
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Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
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Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
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Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
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Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
10046 Points (20%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
12333 Points (32%)
7572 Points (20%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
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13090 Points (23%)
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Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
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3668 Points (76%)
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Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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