Intel Core i7-6920HQ vs Intel Core i7-6600U

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 i7-6600U

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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.

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» Intel Core i7-6920HQ2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ compare2800 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ compare2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK compare2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ compare2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ compare2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ compare2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U compare3300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U2600 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U compare2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U compare2200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U compare2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ compare2800 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ compare2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK compare2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ compare2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ compare2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ compare2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U compare3300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-6600U2600 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U compare2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U compare2200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U compare2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
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Dual-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, vPro, TXT
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$393 U.S.

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 729     avg: 735     median: 734.5 (17%)     max: 740 Points
min: 306     avg: 324     median: 321 (7%)     max: 348 Points
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 156     avg: 160     median: 159.5 (71%)     max: 163 Points
min: 118     avg: 137     median: 141 (63%)     max: 144 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
7.9 Points (18%)
min: 3.25     avg: 3.6     median: 3.6 (8%)     max: 3.84 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.9 Points (72%)
min: 1.19     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (63%)     max: 1.63 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
5906 Points (61%)
min: 3260     avg: 5259     median: 5298 (54%)     max: 7045 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22527 Points (38%)
min: 9140     avg: 11541     median: 11320 (19%)     max: 14948 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 6600U +
min: 14391     avg: 14724     median: 14412 (17%)     max: 15369 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 6600U +
min: 6863     avg: 7593     median: 6890 (64%)     max: 9027 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
326 seconds (4%)
min: 447.319     avg: 503     median: 509.2 (6%)     max: 525.775 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
10.2 seconds (2%)
min: 14.079     avg: 15.3     median: 14.7 (3%)     max: 19.264 seconds
WinRAR - Result
4274 KB/s (44%)
min: 2264     avg: 2450     median: 2449.5 (25%)     max: 2635 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
45.3 fps (27%)
min: 19.52     avg: 20.8     median: 20 (12%)     max: 22.62 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
176 fps (61%)
min: 103.7     avg: 111     median: 109 (38%)     max: 120.37 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.4 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.193     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.201 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.7 GB/s (1%)
min: 0.317     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.343 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
4.2 GB/s (0%)
min: 1.9     avg: 1.9     median: 1.9 (0%)     max: 2 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
7807 Points (52%)
min: 4107     avg: 4334     median: 4333.5 (29%)     max: 4560 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
10.2 Seconds (2%)
min: 10.905     avg: 11.1     median: 11.1 (2%)     max: 11.345 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
22.9 Seconds (1%)
min: 24.753     avg: 25.2     median: 25.1 (1%)     max: 26.034 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
559 Seconds (2%)
min: 558.339     avg: 578     median: 572.4 (3%)     max: 609.647 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
25990 Points (36%)
12712 Points (18%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
8791 points (40%)
min: 4034     avg: 4479     median: 4606.5 (21%)     max: 4780 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 6600U +
min: 31340     avg: 38138     median: 37127 (24%)     max: 42543 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 6600U +
min: 26121     avg: 37420     median: 39364 (47%)     max: 42164 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
1 6600U +
min: 42770     avg: 43159     median: 43159 (50%)     max: 43548 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
7239 Points (18%)
min: 3073     avg: 3543     median: 3569 (9%)     max: 3745 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
10016 Points (31%)
min: 4279     avg: 5086     median: 5134.5 (16%)     max: 5344 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
13821 Points (25%)
min: 6303     avg: 6693     median: 6692.5 (12%)     max: 7082 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
3646 Points (75%)
min: 3060     avg: 3222     median: 3222 (66%)     max: 3384 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
14513 Points (23%)
min: 6618     avg: 7032     median: 7031.5 (11%)     max: 7445 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3814 Points (78%)
min: 3191     avg: 3369     median: 3369 (69%)     max: 3547 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 6920HQ +
4484 Points (71%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 6920HQ +
14147 Points (34%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
972 ms (2%)
min: 1030.1     avg: 1601     median: 1047.6 (2%)     max: 3827 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
70.7 ms (1%)
min: 77.3     avg: 138     median: 134.4 (1%)     max: 205 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
39548 Points (75%)
min: 8244     avg: 28548     median: 32986 (63%)     max: 35045 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 6600U +
28.9 Watt (8%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 6600U +
26.2 Watt (7%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6920HQ → 100% n=29

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-6600U → 69% n=29

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