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Intel Core i7-6920HQ vs Intel Core i7-6500U

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 i7-6500U

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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.

ModelIntel Core i7-6920HQIntel Core i7-6500U
SeriesIntel Core i7Intel Core i7
CodenameSkylakeSkylake
Series: Core i7 Skylake
Intel Core i7-6920HQ « 2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6970HQ compare2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6870HQ compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HK compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HQ compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6770HQ compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6700HQ compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6567U compare3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6600U compare2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6650U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6560U compare2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6970HQ compare2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6870HQ compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HK compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HQ compare2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6770HQ compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6700HQ compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6567U compare3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6600U compare2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6650U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6560U compare2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6500U « 2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Clock2900 - 3800 MHz2500 - 3100 MHz
L1 Cache256 KB128 KB
L2 Cache1 MB512 KB
L3 Cache8 MB4 MB
Cores / Threads4 / 82 / 4
TDP45 Watt15 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm
Die Size122 mm299 mm2
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C
SocketBGABGA
FeaturesDual-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
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 520 (300 - 1050 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
Announced
Manufacturerark.intel.comark.intel.com
$393 U.S.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 729     avg: 735     median: 734.5 (5%)     max: 740 Points
min: 220     avg: 307.4     median: 316 (2%)     max: 330 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 156     avg: 159.5     median: 159.5 (48%)     max: 163 Points
min: 84     avg: 124.3     median: 128 (39%)     max: 132 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
7.9 Points (10%)
min: 2.44     avg: 3.4     median: 3.5 (5%)     max: 3.64 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.9 Points (46%)
min: 0.98     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (36%)     max: 1.49 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
5906 Points (36%)
min: 3295     avg: 4922     median: 4886 (30%)     max: 7350 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
22527 Points (16%)
min: 7308     avg: 10403     median: 10844 (8%)     max: 11200 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 6500U +
min: 9374     avg: 13463     median: 13885.5 (10%)     max: 14377 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 6500U +
min: 6209     avg: 6418     median: 6352.5 (8%)     max: 7220 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
326 s (4%)
min: 476     avg: 509     median: 517 (6%)     max: 540 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
10.2 s (2%)
min: 15     avg: 15.7     median: 15.7 (3%)     max: 16.53 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
4274 Points (7%)
min: 2355     avg: 2550     median: 2482 (4%)     max: 2813 Points
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
45.3 fps (16%)
min: 18.13     avg: 20.1     median: 20.4 (7%)     max: 21 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
176.5 fps (41%)
min: 99.5     avg: 105.5     median: 105 (24%)     max: 110.7 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.4 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.181     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.191 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.7 GB/s (13%)
min: 0.262     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (6%)     max: 0.322 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
4.2 GB/s (11%)
min: 1.8     avg: 1.8     median: 1.8 (5%)     max: 1.9 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
7807 Points (17%)
min: 3214     avg: 4112     median: 4231 (9%)     max: 4283 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
10.2 s (2%)
min: 12     avg: 12.4     median: 12.2 (3%)     max: 13.2 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.9 s (1%)
min: 27     avg: 28.1     median: 28 (1%)     max: 29.7 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
559 s (2%)
min: 615     avg: 653     median: 653.5 (3%)     max: 690 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
25990 Points (23%)
min: 8291     avg: 11139     median: 11639 (10%)     max: 11851 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
8791 Points (24%)
min: 3079     avg: 4223     median: 4243.5 (11%)     max: 5008 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 6500U +
min: 22594     avg: 35503     median: 36182 (29%)     max: 41441 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 6500U +
min: 22961     avg: 35023     median: 35351 (29%)     max: 40997 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
1 6500U +
min: 25957     avg: 37163     median: 38156 (32%)     max: 43183 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
7239 Points (18%)
min: 1843     avg: 3309     median: 3415 (9%)     max: 3595 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
10016 Points (18%)
min: 2990     avg: 4778     median: 4905 (9%)     max: 5069 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
100%
1 6500U +
min: 1205     avg: 1685     median: 1837.5 (8%)     max: 1861 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
4484 Points (61%)
min: 3350     avg: 3709     median: 3872 (53%)     max: 3906 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
14147 Points (34%)
min: 6721     avg: 7191     median: 7303 (18%)     max: 7550 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
13821 Points (25%)
min: 6092     avg: 6472     median: 6488.5 (12%)     max: 6904 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
3646 Points (71%)
min: 2800     avg: 3012     median: 2997.5 (59%)     max: 3278 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
14513 Points (23%)
min: 6403     avg: 6728     median: 6728 (11%)     max: 7053 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
3814 Points (57%)
min: 2902     avg: 3146     median: 3145.5 (47%)     max: 3389 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 6500U +
7572 Points (20%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
972 ms (1%)
min: 1081     avg: 1230     median: 1133 (1%)     max: 2127 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
70.7 ms (1%)
min: 80.2     avg: 88.3     median: 85.9 (1%)     max: 110.4 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
39548 Points (36%)
min: 15973     avg: 30117     median: 31016 (28%)     max: 33275 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6920HQ → 100% n=31

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6500U → 67% n=31

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- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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