Intel Core i7-6870HQ vs Intel Core i7-6770HQ

Intel Core i7-6870HQ

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The Intel Core i7-6870HQ is a fast quad-core processor for notebooks based on the Skylake architecture and was introduced in the beginning of 2016. Besides four CPU cores including Hyperthreading, which are clocked between 2.7-3.6 GHz (probable Turbo steps: 4 cores: up to 3.2 GHz, 2 cores: up to 3.4 GHz), the processor also includes a very fast graphics unit. The Iris Pro Graphics 580 (GT4e) has 72 EUs as well as 128 MB eDRAM cache, which can also be used by the CPU cores. It is manufactured using a 14 nm process with FinFET transistors.

Contrary to other models like the Core i7-6820HQ, the i7-6870HQ does have a much faster GPU, but neither supports the instruction set extensions TSX-NI nor vPro.

Architecture

Intel uses Skylake to replace both Broadwell as well as Haswell and therefore uses one core design for all TDP classes between 4.5-45 Watts. Several improvements of the Skylake architecture include bigger Out-to-Order-Buffer, optimizations for pre-fetching as well as bigger gains by Hyperthreading. However, the changes are small for a "Tock" – a new micro architecture – in general, so the per-MHz performance is only between 5-10 % (compared to Haswell) or less than 5 % higher (compared to Broadwell), respectively.

The i7-6870HQ also benefits from the additional eDRAM cache in some cases, which can accelerate memory-heavy applications in particular.

Performance

Thanks to the additional eDRAM cache, the i7-6870HQ should even compete with the similarly clocked i7-6820HQ and is therefore one of the fastest notebook processors in the beginning of 2016. Even the most demanding applications and excessive multi-tasking are no problem for the high-end CPU.

Graphics

The integrated GPU with the designation Iris Pro Graphics 580 (also known as "GT4e") represents the fastest version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). 72 Execution Units (EUs) run at 350 up to 1000 MHz and allow a performance comparable to a dedicated mainstream chip. The GPU might be able to compete with a GeForce 945M under perfect conditions and it is therefore the fastest iGPU on the market by a pretty big margin. Modern games from 2015/2016 can usually be played smoothly at medium settings. More information about the performance and the features is available on our dedicated page for the Iris Pro Graphics 580.

Power Consumption

According to its TDP of 45 Watts, the chip is primarily designed for bigger notebooks starting with 15-inch screens. The TDP can optionally be reduced to 35 Watts (cTDP down), but this would obviously affect the performance.

Intel Core i7-6770HQ

► remove Intel 6770HQ

The Intel Core i7-6770HQ is a fast quad-core processor for notebooks based on the Skylake architecture and was introduced in the beginning of 2016. Besides four CPU cores including Hyperthreading, which are clocked between 2.6-3.5 GHz (probable Turbo steps: 4 cores: up to 3.1 GHz, 2 cores: up to 3.3 GHz), the processor also includes a very fast graphics unit. The Iris Pro Graphics 580 (GT4e) has 72 EUs as well as 128 MB eDRAM cache, which can also be used by the CPU cores. It is manufactured using a 14 nm process with FinFET transistors.

Contrary to other models like the Core i7-6700HQ, the i7-6770HQ does have a much faster GPU.

Architecture

Intel uses Skylake to replace both Broadwell as well as Haswell and therefore uses one core design for all TDP classes between 4.5-45 Watts. Several improvements of the Skylake architecture include bigger Out-to-Order-Buffer, optimizations for pre-fetching as well as bigger gains by Hyperthreading. However, the changes are small for a "Tock" – a new micro architecture – in general, so the per-MHz performance is only between 5-10 % (compared to Haswell) or less than 5 % higher (compared to Broadwell), respectively.

The i7-6770HQ also benefits from the additional eDRAM cache in some cases, which can accelerate memory-heavy applications in particular.

Performance

Thanks to the additional eDRAM cache, the i7-6770HQ should even compete with the similarly clocked i7-6700HQ and is therefore one of the fastest notebook processors in the beginning of 2016. Even the most demanding applications and excessive multi-tasking are no problem for the high-end CPU.

Graphics

The integrated GPU with the designation Iris Pro Graphics 580 (also known as "GT4e") represents the fastest version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). 72 Execution Units (EUs) run at 350 up to 950 MHz and allow a performance comparable to a dedicated mainstream chip. The GPU might be able to compete with a GeForce 945M under perfect conditions and it is therefore the fastest iGPU on the market by a pretty big margin. Modern games from 2015/2016 can usually be played smoothly at medium settings. More information about the performance and the features is available on our dedicated page for the Iris Pro Graphics 580.

Power Consumption

According to its TDP of 45 Watts, the chip is primarily designed for bigger notebooks starting with 15-inch screens. The TDP can optionally be reduced to 35 Watts (cTDP down), but this would obviously affect the performance.

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: Core i7 Skylake
Intel Core i7-6920HQ (compare)2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ (compare)2800 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-6870HQ2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (compare)2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U (compare)3300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U (compare)2600 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U (compare)2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U (compare)2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6920HQ (compare)2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ (compare)2800 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-6770HQ2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (compare)2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U (compare)3300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U (compare)2600 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U (compare)2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U (compare)2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
2700 - 3600 MHz2600 - 3500 MHz
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Dual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, TXTDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, TXT
iGPUIntel Iris Pro Graphics 580 (350 - 1000 MHz)Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 (350 - 950 MHz)
$434 U.S.$434 U.S.
Intel Core i7 6870HQIntel Core i7 6770HQ

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
711 Points (16%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 130     avg: 134.5     median: 134 (61%)     max: 139 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
7.8 Points (18%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.7 Points (83%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
5536 Points (61%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21075 Points (32%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
225.7 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
7.3 seconds (1%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
6069 MIPS (6%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
2480 MIPS (36%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
43.5 fps (1%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
164.7 fps (61%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
1.7 fps (6%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.4 GB/s (20%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.7 GB/s (22%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
3.9 GB/s (20%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
10.6 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
23.8 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
539 Seconds (2%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
9379 points (48%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
45610 Points (29%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
45730 Points (54%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
49105 Points (57%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
6378 Points (16%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
10210 Points (31%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
2641 Points (42%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5056 Points (9%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6770HQ → 100%

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