Intel Core i7-6870HQ vs Intel Core i7-6920HQ vs Intel Core i7-6820HQ

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 i7-6920HQ

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The Intel Core i7-6920HQ is a high-end quad-core processor for notebooks. It's the top-model of the Skylake series and has been presented in September 2015. In addition to four CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.9 - 3.8 GHz (4 cores: max. 3.4 GHz, 2 cores: max. 3.6 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 i7-6920HQ should perform roughly on par with the former, slightly higher clocked Core i7-4910MQ (Haswell). Under long-lasting full load, the Skylake chip might take the lead, 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 Core i7-6920HQ 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

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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.

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: 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
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 729     avg: 734.5     median: 734 (17%)     max: 740 Points
min: 699     avg: 703     median: 704 (16%)     max: 706 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 156     avg: 159.5     median: 159 (73%)     max: 163 Points
min: 149     avg: 152     median: 153 (70%)     max: 154 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
7.9 Points (18%)
7.7 Points (17%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.9 Points (93%)
1.7 Points (86%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
5906 Points (61%)
min: 5401     avg: 5470     median: 5429 (56%)     max: 5580 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22527 Points (34%)
min: 20682     avg: 20876.3     median: 20868 (32%)     max: 21079 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 27072     avg: 27217     median: 27217 (36%)     max: 27362 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 6965     avg: 6978     median: 6978 (65%)     max: 6991 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
326 seconds (4%)
min: 230     avg: 235.9     median: 235 (3%)     max: 241 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
10.2 seconds (2%)
min: 7     avg: 7.9     median: 7 (1%)     max: 8 seconds
WinRAR - Result
4274 KB/s (50%)
min: 3187     avg: 3642     median: 3642 (43%)     max: 4097 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
45.3 fps (25%)
44.2 fps (25%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
176.5 fps (63%)
min: 160     avg: 164     median: 163 (58%)     max: 167 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.4 GB/s (22%)
0.4 GB/s (20%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.7 GB/s (24%)
0.7 GB/s (23%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
4.2 GB/s (21%)
3.9 GB/s (20%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
7807 Points (52%)
min: 6835     avg: 7008     median: 6866 (46%)     max: 7323 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
10.2 Seconds (2%)
10.5 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.9 Seconds (1%)
min: 23     avg: 23.6     median: 23 (1%)     max: 24 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
559.3 Seconds (2%)
min: 561     avg: 571     median: 571 (3%)     max: 581 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
25990 Points (36%)
min: 24707     avg: 25336     median: 25336 (35%)     max: 25965 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
8791 points (45%)
min: 8943     avg: 9523.7     median: 9731 (50%)     max: 9897 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 39574     avg: 39915     median: 39915 (26%)     max: 40256 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
48991 Points (57%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
7239 Points (18%)
min: 7287     avg: 7356     median: 7350 (19%)     max: 7431 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
10016 Points (31%)
min: 9944     avg: 10113.3     median: 10096 (31%)     max: 10300 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
13821 Points (17%)
13090 Points (16%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
3646 Points (75%)
3668 Points (75%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
14513 Points (39%)
13856 Points (37%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3814 Points (78%)
3849 Points (78%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
52605 Points (18%)
43771 Points (15%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
14147 Points (47%)
13339 Points (44%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4484 Points (75%)
4257 Points (71%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
972 ms (2%)
1833.8 ms (3%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
70.7 ms (1%)
84.2 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
39548 Points (75%)
19404 Points (37%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 6820HQ +
77.8 Watt (17%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 6820HQ +
35.9 Watt (6%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6920HQ → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6820HQ → 95%

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