Intel Core i7-6970HQ vs Intel Core i7-6567U vs Intel Core i7-6500U

Intel Core i7-6970HQ

► remove from comparison Intel 6970HQ

The Intel Core i7-6970HQ 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 2.8-3.7 GHz (probable Turbo steps: 4 cores: up to 3.3 GHz, 2 cores: up to 3.5 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 i7-6920HQ, the i7-6970HQ 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 i7-6970HQ 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 i7-6970HQ should even compete with the higher-clocked i7-6920HQ 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 1050 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 i7-6567U

► remove from comparison Intel 6567U

The Intel Core i7-6567U is a dual-core SoC based on the Skylake architecture. In September 2015, it's the fastest CPU of the 28 W series, which can be found in medium-sized ultrabooks and notebooks. In addition to two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 3.3 - 3.6 GHz (2 cores: max. 3.4 GHz), the chip also integrates an Iris Graphics 550 GPU with 64 MB of eDRAM memory as well as 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").

Furthermore, the organisation of the eDRAM cache has been modified. Instead of acting like a victim cache, which has to be adressed via the L3/LLC, the eDRAM can now be adressed directly by programms just like the main memory. The size is still 128 MB for the quad-core models (4C + GT4e), while the dual-core chips (2C + GT3e) only offer 64 MB.

Performance

According to the specified clock rates and the improved architecture, the Core i7-6567U should perform slightly above the former Core i5-5350H (Broadwell) and is one of the fastest mobile dual-cores as of late 2015.

Even demanding applications and multitasking are handled easily.

Graphics

The integrated graphics unit called Iris Graphics 550 represents the "GT3e" version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). The 48 Execution Units, also called EUs, are clocked at 350 - 1100 MHz and offer (thanks to the fast eDRAM cache) a performance similar to a dedicated GeForce 930M. 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 Iris Graphics 550.

Power Consumption

Specified at a TDP of 28 W (including CPU, GPU and memory controller), the CPU is best suited for medium-sized notebooks (13-inches and above). Optionally, the TDP can be lowered to 23 watts (cTDP down), reducing both heat dissipation and performance.

Intel Core i7-6500U

► remove from comparison Intel 6500U

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.

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Series: 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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Benchmarks

Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
100%
1 6567U +
367 Points (62%)
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
100%
1 6567U +
883 Points (9%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 355     avg: 360     median: 359.5 (8%)     max: 364 Points
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88%
1 6500U +
min: 220     avg: 307     median: 316 (7%)     max: 330 Points
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 142     avg: 144     median: 143.6 (62%)     max: 145.18 Points
89%
1 6500U +
min: 84     avg: 124     median: 128 (56%)     max: 132 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 3.8     avg: 3.9     median: 3.9 (9%)     max: 4.02 Points
89%
1 6500U +
min: 2.44     avg: 3.4     median: 3.5 (8%)     max: 3.64 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 1.63     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (65%)     max: 1.7 Points
88%
1 6500U +
min: 0.98     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (57%)     max: 1.49 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 5506     avg: 5549     median: 5549 (57%)     max: 5592 Points
88%
1 6500U +
min: 3295     avg: 4922     median: 4886 (50%)     max: 7350 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 12259     avg: 12367     median: 12367 (21%)     max: 12475 Points
88%
1 6500U +
min: 7308     avg: 10403     median: 10844 (18%)     max: 11200 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 6500U +
min: 9374     avg: 13463     median: 13885.5 (16%)     max: 14377 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 6500U +
min: 6209     avg: 6418     median: 6352.5 (59%)     max: 7220 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 6567U +
min: 419.422     avg: 436     median: 435.5 (5%)     max: 451.6 seconds
99%
1 6500U +
min: 476     avg: 509     median: 516.9 (6%)     max: 540.402 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 6567U +
min: 13.333     avg: 13.9     median: 13.9 (3%)     max: 14.4 seconds
100%
1 6500U +
min: 15     avg: 15.7     median: 15.7 (3%)     max: 16.529 seconds
WinRAR - Result
100%
1 6500U +
min: 2355     avg: 2550     median: 2482 (25%)     max: 2813 KB/s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
100%
1 6567U +
9819 MIPS (10%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
100%
1 6567U +
3733 MIPS (25%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
1 6567U +
24.1 fps (14%)
85%
1 6500U +
min: 18.13     avg: 20.1     median: 20.4 (12%)     max: 21 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
1 6567U +
129 fps (45%)
82%
1 6500U +
min: 99.53     avg: 105     median: 105 (36%)     max: 110.66 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
100%
1 6567U +
3.2 fps (11%)
010Tooltip
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
100%
1 6567U +
0.2 GB/s (0%)
92%
1 6500U +
min: 0.181     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.191 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
1 6567U +
0.4 GB/s (0%)
91%
1 6500U +
min: 0.262     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.322 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
1 6567U +
1.9 GB/s (0%)
95%
1 6500U +
min: 1.8     avg: 1.8     median: 1.8 (0%)     max: 1.9 GB/s
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU *
100%
1 6567U +
1244 Seconds (9%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
1 6567U +
4800 Points (32%)
88%
1 6500U +
min: 3214     avg: 4112     median: 4231 (28%)     max: 4283 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
100%
1 6567U +
11 Seconds (2%)
100%
1 6500U +
min: 12     avg: 12.3     median: 12.2 (3%)     max: 13.205 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
100%
1 6567U +
25.1 Seconds (1%)
100%
1 6500U +
min: 27     avg: 28.1     median: 28 (1%)     max: 29.7 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
100%
1 6567U +
585 Seconds (3%)
100%
1 6500U +
min: 615     avg: 653     median: 653.7 (3%)     max: 689.667 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
1 6500U +
min: 8291     avg: 11139     median: 11639 (16%)     max: 11851 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
1 6567U +
5251 points (24%)
81%
1 6500U +
min: 3079     avg: 4223     median: 4243.5 (19%)     max: 5008 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 6567U +
47495 Points (31%)
76%
1 6500U +
min: 22594     avg: 35503     median: 36182 (23%)     max: 41441 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 6567U +
47567 Points (57%)
74%
1 6500U +
min: 22961     avg: 35023     median: 35351 (42%)     max: 40997 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
1 6567U +
min: 46247     avg: 48811     median: 48810.5 (56%)     max: 51374 Points
78%
1 6500U +
min: 25957     avg: 37163     median: 38156 (44%)     max: 43183 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 6567U +
min: 3985     avg: 3993     median: 3993 (10%)     max: 4001 Points
86%
1 6500U +
min: 1843     avg: 3309     median: 3415 (9%)     max: 3595 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 6567U +
min: 5773     avg: 5792     median: 5791.5 (18%)     max: 5810 Points
85%
1 6500U +
min: 2990     avg: 4778     median: 4905 (15%)     max: 5069 Points
3DMark - Time Spy CPU 2560x1440
100%
1 6567U +
2078 Points (15%)
88%
1 6500U +
min: 1205     avg: 1685     median: 1837.5 (13%)     max: 1861 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
1 6500U +
7572 Points (20%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 6500U +
min: 6092     avg: 6472     median: 6488.5 (12%)     max: 6904 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 6500U +
min: 2800     avg: 3012     median: 2997.5 (62%)     max: 3278 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 6500U +
min: 6403     avg: 6728     median: 6728 (11%)     max: 7053 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 6500U +
min: 2902     avg: 3146     median: 3145.5 (64%)     max: 3389 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 6500U +
min: 3350     avg: 3709     median: 3872 (61%)     max: 3906 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 6500U +
min: 6721     avg: 7191     median: 7303 (18%)     max: 7550 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 6567U +
4051 Points (64%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 6567U +
8271 Points (14%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
100%
1 6500U +
min: 1081     avg: 1230     median: 1133.1 (2%)     max: 2127 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 6500U +
min: 80.2     avg: 88.3     median: 85.9 (1%)     max: 110.4 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
100%
1 6500U +
min: 15973     avg: 30117     median: 31016 (59%)     max: 33275 Points

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