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Intel Core i7-6920HQ vs Intel Core i7-6820HK vs Intel Core i7-6700HQ

Intel Core i7-6920HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 6920HQ

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 i7-6820HK

► remove from comparison Intel 6820HK

The Intel Core i7-6820HK 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.

Currently, the i7-6820HK is the only Skylake chip with an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking (similar to previous Extreme Editions).

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

Tanks to the improved architecture, the Core i7-6820HK 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. If the 6820HK is overclocked (we've tested up to 4.0 GHz on all 4 cores), the performance will be even better.

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 i7-6700HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 6700HQ

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.

ModelIntel Core i7-6920HQIntel Core i7-6820HKIntel Core i7-6700HQ
SeriesIntel Core i7Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
CodenameSkylakeSkylakeSkylake
Series: Core i7 Skylake
Intel Core i7-6920HQ « 2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6970HQ2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HK2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6567U3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6600U2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6650U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6560U2.2 - 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 i7-6970HQ2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HK « 2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6567U3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6600U2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6650U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6560U2.2 - 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 i7-6970HQ2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HK2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6700HQ « 2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6567U3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6600U2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6650U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6560U2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Clock2900 - 3800 MHz2700 - 3600 MHz2600 - 3500 MHz
L1 Cache256 KB256 KB256 KB
L2 Cache1 MB1 MB1 MB
L3 Cache8 MB8 MB6 MB
Cores / Threads4 / 84 / 84 / 8
TDP45 Watt45 Watt45 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
Die Size122 mm2122 mm2122 mm2
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
SocketBGABGABGA
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXTDual-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
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
Manufacturerark.intel.comark.intel.comark.intel.com
$378 U.S.$378 U.S.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 729     avg: 735     median: 734.5 (5%)     max: 740 Points
min: 687     avg: 739     median: 709 (4%)     max: 836 Points
min: 586     avg: 671     median: 676 (4%)     max: 689 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 156     avg: 159.5     median: 159.5 (48%)     max: 163 Points
min: 134     avg: 153.9     median: 152 (46%)     max: 172 Points
min: 113     avg: 142.2     median: 144 (43%)     max: 150 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
7.9 Points (10%)
min: 7.7     avg: 8.1     median: 7.8 (10%)     max: 9.24 Points
min: 6.56     avg: 7.4     median: 7.4 (10%)     max: 7.52 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
1.9 Points (46%)
min: 1.58     avg: 1.8     median: 1.7 (43%)     max: 1.94 Points
min: 1.2     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (41%)     max: 1.7 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
5906 Points (36%)
min: 5559     avg: 5776     median: 5653 (34%)     max: 6405 Points
min: 4104     avg: 5328     median: 5419 (33%)     max: 5550 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
22527 Points (16%)
min: 20910     avg: 21774     median: 21165 (15%)     max: 24966 Points
min: 18994     avg: 20191     median: 20190 (15%)     max: 20639 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 6820HK +
min: 27271     avg: 27498     median: 27479.5 (19%)     max: 27762 Points
96%
1 6700HQ +
min: 20383     avg: 26108     median: 26393 (18%)     max: 26950 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 6820HK +
min: 7217     avg: 7316     median: 7313 (9%)     max: 7421 Points
96%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5208     avg: 6814     median: 6997.5 (9%)     max: 7206 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
326 s (4%)
min: 210.3     avg: 229.7     median: 224.7 (3%)     max: 296.6 s
min: 229.3     avg: 261     median: 233.1 (3%)     max: 382 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
10.2 s (2%)
min: 6.434     avg: 7.4     median: 7.3 (1%)     max: 9.5 s
min: 7.473     avg: 8.4     median: 7.7 (2%)     max: 11.9 s
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 1024m *
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 229.7     avg: 231.9     median: 232.8 (1%)     max: 233.1 s
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 32m *
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 7.555     avg: 7.8     median: 7.8 (4%)     max: 8.202 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
4274 Points (7%)
min: 5314     avg: 5369     median: 5314 (8%)     max: 5480 Points
min: 3695     avg: 4457     median: 4618 (7%)     max: 4950 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 22392     avg: 22734     median: 22733.5 (13%)     max: 23075 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5040     avg: 5114     median: 5113.5 (61%)     max: 5187 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
45.3 fps (16%)
min: 43.9     avg: 45.1     median: 44.1 (15%)     max: 50 fps
min: 35.9     avg: 41.9     median: 42 (15%)     max: 43 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
176.5 fps (41%)
min: 160.9     avg: 171.4     median: 165.9 (38%)     max: 190 fps
min: 137.6     avg: 155.7     median: 157.5 (36%)     max: 162.4 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
100%
1 6700HQ +
5.4 fps (10%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.4 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.311     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.477 GB/s
min: 0.319     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.393 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.7 GB/s (13%)
min: 0.503     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (12%)     max: 0.803 GB/s
min: 0.543     avg: 0.6     median: 0.7 (11%)     max: 0.667 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
4.2 GB/s (11%)
min: 2.1     avg: 3.9     median: 3.9 (10%)     max: 4.6 GB/s
min: 2.9     avg: 3.7     median: 3.8 (10%)     max: 3.8 GB/s
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
100%
1 6700HQ +
674 Seconds (5%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
7807 Points (17%)
min: 7234     avg: 7601     median: 7410 (16%)     max: 8697 Points
min: 5373     avg: 6975     median: 7092 (15%)     max: 7205 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
10.2 s (2%)
min: 9     avg: 10     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.63 s
min: 10     avg: 11.1     median: 10.9 (2%)     max: 12.81 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.9 s (1%)
min: 20     avg: 22.3     median: 23 (1%)     max: 23.39 s
min: 23.84     avg: 24.8     median: 24.2 (1%)     max: 28.07 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
559 s (2%)
min: 486.7     avg: 532     median: 535.5 (2%)     max: 572 s
min: 545     avg: 578     median: 565 (3%)     max: 658 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
25990 Points (23%)
min: 26017     avg: 26256     median: 26272 (23%)     max: 26478 Points
min: 23076     avg: 24458     median: 24728.5 (22%)     max: 25285 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
8791 Points (24%)
min: 8220     avg: 9612     median: 9468 (26%)     max: 10925 Points
min: 6170     avg: 8251     median: 8508 (23%)     max: 9176 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 6820HK +
min: 43579     avg: 49276     median: 47533.5 (39%)     max: 58061 Points
87%
1 6700HQ +
min: 23589     avg: 40950     median: 41481 (34%)     max: 46650 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 6820HK +
min: 43592     avg: 49506     median: 47817 (39%)     max: 56227 Points
86%
1 6700HQ +
min: 25914     avg: 40703     median: 41224 (33%)     max: 46052 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
1 6820HK +
min: 45688     avg: 49381     median: 47727 (40%)     max: 55770 Points
96%
1 6700HQ +
min: 37657     avg: 45098     median: 45682 (38%)     max: 48010 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
7239 Points (18%)
min: 6663     avg: 7660     median: 7388 (19%)     max: 8824 Points
min: 3465     avg: 6810     median: 6916 (17%)     max: 7202 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
10016 Points (18%)
min: 9695     avg: 10672     median: 10219 (18%)     max: 12239 Points
min: 5271     avg: 9540     median: 9633 (17%)     max: 9917 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
100%
1 6820HK +
4069 Points (17%)
93%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3246     avg: 3715     median: 3791.5 (16%)     max: 3965 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6920HQ +
4484 Points (61%)
94%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3663     avg: 4114     median: 4234 (58%)     max: 4326 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6920HQ +
14147 Points (34%)
90%
1 6700HQ +
min: 11033     avg: 12421     median: 12796.5 (31%)     max: 13058 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
13821 Points (25%)
13486 Points (24%)
min: 10698     avg: 12432     median: 12733.5 (23%)     max: 13065 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
3646 Points (71%)
3819 Points (75%)
min: 2853     avg: 3352     median: 3422 (67%)     max: 3696 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
14513 Points (23%)
14128 Points (22%)
min: 12486     avg: 13197     median: 13122.5 (21%)     max: 14057 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
3814 Points (57%)
3983 Points (60%)
min: 3291     avg: 3611     median: 3623 (54%)     max: 3906 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
100%
1 6700HQ +
8575 Points (69%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
100%
1 6700HQ +
8107 Points (74%)