Intel Core i7-6970HQ vs Intel Core i7-6567U vs Intel Core i7-6600U

Intel Core i7-6970HQ

► remove 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 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 i7-6600U

► remove Intel 6600U

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 i7-6920HQ2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-6970HQ2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i7-6567U3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6920HQ2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ2.8 - 3.7 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ2.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ2.6 - 3.5 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U3.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-6600U2.6 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U2.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
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iGPUIntel Iris Pro Graphics 580 (350 - 1050 MHz)Intel Iris Graphics 550 (300 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 520 (300 - 1050 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$623 U.S.$393 U.S.
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Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
100%
1 6567U +
367 Points (57%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
100%
1 6567U +
883 Points (8%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 355     avg: 360     median: 359.5 (8%)     max: 364 Points
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89%
1 6600U +
min: 306     avg: 324     median: 321 (7%)     max: 348 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 142     avg: 144     median: 143.6 (53%)     max: 145.18 Points
98%
1 6600U +
min: 118     avg: 137     median: 141 (52%)     max: 144 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 3.8     avg: 3.9     median: 3.9 (8%)     max: 4.02 Points
92%
1 6600U +
min: 3.25     avg: 3.6     median: 3.6 (7%)     max: 3.84 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 1.63     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (53%)     max: 1.7 Points
97%
1 6600U +
min: 1.19     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (51%)     max: 1.63 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
100%
1 6567U +
min: 5506     avg: 5549     median: 5549 (50%)     max: 5592
95%
1 6600U +
min: 3260     avg: 5259     median: 5298 (47%)     max: 7045
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
100%
1 6567U +
min: 12259     avg: 12367     median: 12367 (21%)     max: 12475
92%
1 6600U +
min: 9140     avg: 11541     median: 11320 (19%)     max: 14948
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
100%
1 6600U +
min: 14391     avg: 14724     median: 14412 (14%)     max: 15369 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
100%
1 6600U +
min: 6863     avg: 7593     median: 6890 (52%)     max: 9027 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
100%
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min: 419.422     avg: 436     median: 435.5 (5%)     max: 451.6 s
99%
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min: 447.319     avg: 503     median: 509.2 (6%)     max: 525.775 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
100%
1 6567U +
min: 13.333     avg: 13.9     median: 13.9 (3%)     max: 14.4 s
100%
1 6600U +
min: 14.079     avg: 15.3     median: 14.7 (3%)     max: 19.264 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
100%
1 6600U +
min: 2264     avg: 2450     median: 2449.5 (16%)     max: 2635
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
100%
1 6567U +
9819 MIPS (8%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
100%
1 6567U +
3733 MIPS (25%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
100%
1 6567U +
24.1 fps (11%)
83%
1 6600U +
min: 19.52     avg: 20.8     median: 20 (9%)     max: 22.62 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
100%
1 6567U +
129 fps (38%)
85%
1 6600U +
min: 103.7     avg: 111     median: 109 (32%)     max: 120.37 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
100%
1 6567U +
3.2 fps (10%)
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TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
100%
1 6567U +
0.2 GB/s (0%)
97%
1 6600U +
min: 0.193     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.201 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
100%
1 6567U +
0.4 GB/s (0%)
95%
1 6600U +
min: 0.317     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (0%)     max: 0.343 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
100%
1 6567U +
1.9 GB/s (0%)
100%
1 6600U +
min: 1.9     avg: 1.9     median: 1.9 (0%)     max: 2 GB/s
Blender 2.79 - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
100%
1 6567U +
1244 Seconds (9%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
100%
1 6567U +
4800 Points (27%)
90%
1 6600U +
min: 4107     avg: 4334     median: 4333.5 (24%)     max: 4560 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
100%
1 6567U +
11 s (2%)
100%
1 6600U +
min: 10.905     avg: 11.1     median: 11.1 (2%)     max: 11.345 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
100%
1 6567U +
25.1 s (1%)
100%
1 6600U +
min: 24.753     avg: 25.2     median: 25.1 (1%)     max: 26.034 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
100%
1 6567U +
585 s (3%)
100%
1 6600U +
min: 558.339     avg: 578     median: 572.4 (3%)     max: 609.647 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
100%
1 6600U +
12712 Points (15%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
100%
1 6567U +
5251 Points (22%)
88%
1 6600U +
min: 4034     avg: 4479     median: 4606.5 (20%)     max: 4780 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
100%
1 6567U +
47495 Points (31%)
78%
1 6600U +
min: 31340     avg: 38138     median: 37127 (24%)     max: 42543 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
100%
1 6567U +
47567 Points (51%)
83%
1 6600U +
min: 26121     avg: 37420     median: 39364 (42%)     max: 42164 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
100%
1 6567U +
min: 46247     avg: 48811     median: 48810.5 (50%)     max: 51374 Points
88%
1 6600U +
min: 42770     avg: 43159     median: 43159 (45%)     max: 43548 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
100%
1 6567U +
min: 3985     avg: 3993     median: 3993 (10%)     max: 4001 Points
89%
1 6600U +
min: 3073     avg: 3543     median: 3569 (9%)     max: 3745 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
100%
1 6567U +
min: 5773     avg: 5792     median: 5791.5 (15%)     max: 5810 Points
89%
1 6600U +
min: 4279     avg: 5086     median: 5134.5 (13%)     max: 5344 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
100%
1 6567U +
2078 Points (15%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6600U +
min: 6303     avg: 6693     median: 6692.5 (12%)     max: 7082
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6600U +
min: 3060     avg: 3222     median: 3222 (66%)     max: 3384
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6600U +
min: 6618     avg: 7032     median: 7031.5 (11%)     max: 7445
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6600U +
min: 3191     avg: 3369     median: 3369 (69%)     max: 3547
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 6567U +
4051 (55%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 6567U +
8271 (13%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
1 6600U +
min: 1030.1     avg: 1601     median: 1047.6 (2%)     max: 3827 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 6600U +
min: 77.3     avg: 138     median: 134.4 (1%)     max: 205 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
1 6600U +
min: 8244     avg: 28548     median: 32986 (53%)     max: 35045 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 6600U +
28.9 Watt (8%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 6600U +
26.2 Watt (7%)

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