Intel Core i7-6970HQ vs Intel Core i7-6567U vs Intel Core i7-6700HQ

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 i7-6700HQ

► 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.

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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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iGPUIntel Iris Pro Graphics 580 (350 - 1050 MHz)Intel Iris Graphics 550 (300 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)
$623 U.S.$378 U.S.
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122 mm2

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
0102030405060708090100110120130140150160170180190200210220230240250260270280290300310320330340350360Tooltip
188%
1 6700HQ +
min: 586     avg: 671     median: 676 (15%)     max: 689 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 142     avg: 144     median: 143.6 (62%)     max: 145.18 Points
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 113     avg: 142     median: 144 (63%)     max: 150 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 3.8     avg: 3.9     median: 3.9 (9%)     max: 4.02 Points
190%
1 6700HQ +
min: 6.56     avg: 7.4     median: 7.4 (17%)     max: 7.52 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 1.63     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (65%)     max: 1.7 Points
98%
1 6700HQ +
min: 1.2     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (64%)     max: 1.7 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 5506     avg: 5549     median: 5549 (57%)     max: 5592 Points
98%
1 6700HQ +
min: 4104     avg: 5328     median: 5419 (56%)     max: 5550 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
100%
1 6567U +
min: 12259     avg: 12367     median: 12367 (21%)     max: 12475 Points
163%
1 6700HQ +
min: 18994     avg: 20191     median: 20190 (34%)     max: 20639 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 20383     avg: 26108     median: 26393 (31%)     max: 26950 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5208     avg: 6814     median: 6997.5 (65%)     max: 7206 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
100%
1 6567U +
min: 419.422     avg: 436     median: 435.5 (5%)     max: 451.6 seconds
103%
1 6700HQ +
min: 229.307     avg: 261     median: 233.1 (3%)     max: 382 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
100%
1 6567U +
min: 13.333     avg: 13.9     median: 13.9 (3%)     max: 14.4 seconds
101%
1 6700HQ +
min: 7.473     avg: 8.5     median: 7.7 (2%)     max: 11.9 seconds
wPrime 1.55 - 1024m *
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 229.748     avg: 232     median: 232.8 (1%)     max: 233.068 seconds
wPrime 1.55 - 32m *
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 7.555     avg: 7.8     median: 7.8 (4%)     max: 8.202 seconds
WinRAR - Result
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3695     avg: 4457     median: 4618 (47%)     max: 4950 KB/s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
100%
1 6567U +
9819 MIPS (10%)
232%
1 6700HQ +
min: 22392     avg: 22734     median: 22733.5 (23%)     max: 23075 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
100%
1 6567U +
3733 MIPS (25%)
137%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5040     avg: 5114     median: 5113.5 (34%)     max: 5187 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
100%
1 6567U +
24.1 fps (14%)
174%
1 6700HQ +
min: 35.9     avg: 41.9     median: 42 (25%)     max: 43 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
100%
1 6567U +
129 fps (45%)
122%
1 6700HQ +
min: 137.6     avg: 156     median: 157.5 (54%)     max: 162.4 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
100%
1 6567U +
3.2 fps (11%)
010Tooltip
171%
1 6700HQ +
5.4 fps (19%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
100%
1 6567U +
0.2 GB/s (0%)
185%
1 6700HQ +
min: 0.319     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.393 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
100%
1 6567U +
0.4 GB/s (0%)
185%
1 6700HQ +
min: 0.543     avg: 0.6     median: 0.7 (0%)     max: 0.667 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
100%
1 6567U +
1.9 GB/s (0%)
200%
1 6700HQ +
min: 2.9     avg: 3.7     median: 3.8 (0%)     max: 3.8 GB/s
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU *
100%
1 6567U +
1244 Seconds (9%)
104%
1 6700HQ +
674 Seconds (5%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
100%
1 6567U +
4800 Points (32%)
148%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5373     avg: 6975     median: 7092 (47%)     max: 7205 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
100%
1 6567U +
11 Seconds (2%)
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 10     avg: 11.1     median: 10.9 (2%)     max: 12.808 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
100%
1 6567U +
25.1 Seconds (1%)
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 23.837     avg: 24.8     median: 24.2 (1%)     max: 28.067 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
100%
1 6567U +
585 Seconds (3%)
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 544.682     avg: 578     median: 565 (3%)     max: 657.671 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 23076     avg: 24458     median: 24728.5 (35%)     max: 25285 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
100%
1 6567U +
5251 points (24%)
162%
1 6700HQ +
min: 6170     avg: 8251     median: 8508 (38%)     max: 9176 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 6567U +
47495 Points (31%)
87%
1 6700HQ +
min: 23589     avg: 40950     median: 41481 (27%)     max: 46650 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 6567U +
47567 Points (57%)
87%
1 6700HQ +
min: 25914     avg: 40703     median: 41224 (49%)     max: 46052 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
100%
1 6567U +
min: 46247     avg: 48811     median: 48810.5 (56%)     max: 51374 Points
94%
1 6700HQ +
min: 37657     avg: 45098     median: 45682 (53%)     max: 48010 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
100%
1 6567U +
min: 3985     avg: 3993     median: 3993 (10%)     max: 4001 Points
173%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3465     avg: 6810     median: 6916 (17%)     max: 7202 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
100%
1 6567U +
min: 5773     avg: 5792     median: 5791.5 (18%)     max: 5810 Points
166%
1 6700HQ +
min: 5271     avg: 9540     median: 9633 (30%)     max: 9917 Points
3DMark - Time Spy CPU 2560x1440
100%
1 6567U +
2078 Points (15%)
182%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3246     avg: 3715     median: 3791.5 (26%)     max: 3965 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
1 6700HQ +
8575 Points (69%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
1 6700HQ +
8107 Points (74%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
1 6700HQ +
18111 Points (35%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
1 6700HQ +
10046 Points (20%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
1 6700HQ +
12333 Points (32%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 10698     avg: 12432     median: 12733.5 (23%)     max: 13065 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 2853     avg: 3352     median: 3422 (70%)     max: 3696 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 12486     avg: 13197     median: 13122.5 (21%)     max: 14057 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3291     avg: 3611     median: 3623 (74%)     max: 3906 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 3663     avg: 4114     median: 4234 (67%)     max: 4326 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 11033     avg: 12421     median: 12796.5 (31%)     max: 13058 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 6700HQ +
min: 899     avg: 1088     median: 1009.6 (2%)     max: 1904.4 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 71.8     avg: 84.8     median: 77.8 (1%)     max: 160.5 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
100%
1 6700HQ +
min: 18466     avg: 34918     median: 36290 (69%)     max: 39235 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 6700HQ +
67.1 Watt (18%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 6700HQ +
52.5 Watt (14%)

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