Intel Core i7-7600U vs Intel Core i7-7920HQ

Intel Core i7-7600U

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The Intel Core i7-7600U is a fast dual-core processor for notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. It integrates 2 CPU cores with Hyper-Threading support clocked at 2.8 - 3.9 GHz (2 core Turbo also 3.9 GHz). Besides two cores, the processor is also equipped with the HD Graphics 620 GPU as well as a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2400). It is manufactured in a 14nm process with FinFET transistors.

Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.

Performance

With 2.5 to 3.9 GHz, the Core i7-7600U clocks significantly higher than the old Core i7-6500U (2.5 - 3.1). That means, the i7-7600U is (at the time of announcement in beginning of 2017) the fastest dual core processor for laptops. The performance is sufficient for demanding tasks (except some games that may need four real cores).

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 has 24 Execution Units (similar to previous HD Graphics 520) running at 300 - 1150 MHz. The performance depends a lot on the memory configuration; it should be comparable to a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 920M in combination with fast DDR4-2133 dual-channel memory.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake now supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec. The dual-core Kaby Lake processors, which were announced in January, should also support HDCP 2.2.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in an improved 14nm process with FinFET transistors, which improves the efficiency even further. Intel still specifies the TDP with 15 Watts, but it can also be reduced to 7.5 Watts by the notebook manufacturers (cTDP down). This will obviously affect the performance, because the Turbo Boost cannot be maintained for longer periods.

Intel Core i7-7920HQ

► remove Intel 7920HQ

The Intel Core i7-7920HQ is a fast quad-core processor for notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. It is the top model of the consumer series at the time of the announcement. Only the Xeon E3-1535M v6 is faster (100 - 200 MHz higher Turbo clocks). Besides four cores including Hyper-Threading support running at 3.1-4.1 GHz (4 cores up to 3.7 GHz, 2 cores up to 3.9 GHz), the processor is also equipped with the HD Graphics 630 GPU as well as a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2400). It is manufactured in a 14nm process with FinFET transistors.

Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.

Performance

The performance is a bit higher compared to the Skylake predecessor Core i7-6920HQ (2.9-3.8 GHz) thanks to slightly higher clocks (up to 7.9%), so it is the fastest mobile consumer processor in the beginning of 2017 (mobile Xeon E5-1535M v6 has even higher Turbo clocks). The performance is sufficient even for very demanding tasks and on par with powerful desktop quad-core processors.

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 has 24 Execution Units (similar to previous HD Graphics 530) running at 350 - 1100 MHz. The performance depends a lot on the memory configuration; it should be comparable to a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 920M in combination with fast DDR4-2133 dual-channel memory.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake now supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec. The dual-core Kaby Lake processors, which were announced in January, should also support HDCP 2.2.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in an improved 14nm process with FinFET transistors, which improves the efficiency even further. Intel still specifies the TDP with 45 Watts, but it can also be reduced to 35 Watts by the notebook manufacturers (cTDP down). This will obviously affect the performance, because the Turbo Boost cannot be maintained for longer periods.

Intel Core i7-7600UIntel Core i7-7920HQ
Intel Core i7Intel Core i7
Kaby LakeKaby Lake
: Core i7 Kaby Lake
Intel Core i7-7920HQ3100 - 4100 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HQ (compare)2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HK (compare)2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-7567U (compare)3500 - 4000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7660U (compare)2500 - 4000 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-7600U2800 - 3900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7560U (compare)2400 - 3800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7500U (compare)2700 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7Y75 (compare)1300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-7920HQ3100 - 4100 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HQ (compare)2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HK (compare)2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-7567U (compare)3500 - 4000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7660U (compare)2500 - 4000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7600U2800 - 3900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7560U (compare)2400 - 3800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7500U (compare)2700 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7Y75 (compare)1300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
2800 - 3900 MHz3100 - 4100 MHz
128 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB
4 MB8 MB
2 / 44 / 8
15 45
14 14
100 °C100 °C
BGA1356
Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 620 (300 - 1150 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 630 (300 - 1150 MHz)
$393 U.S.$378 U.S.

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 242     avg: 339     median: 344 (8%)     max: 379 Points
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814 Points (19%)
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 112     avg: 153     median: 161 (74%)     max: 164 Points
163 Points (75%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3.62     avg: 3.9     median: 3.9 (10%)     max: 4.16 Points
8.9 Points (23%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.48     avg: 1.8     median: 1.9 (75%)     max: 1.87 Points
1.9 Points (76%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5145     avg: 6096     median: 6253 (64%)     max: 6316 Points
6169 Points (63%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 11324     avg: 12622     median: 12482 (21%)     max: 15012 Points
24138 Points (41%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0 Points (0%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0 Points (0%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 436.057     avg: 486     median: 480.5 (6%)     max: 555.715 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 12.1     avg: 15     median: 13.7 (3%)     max: 19.9 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2333     avg: 2681     median: 2686 (31%)     max: 2976 KB/s
5228 KB/s (61%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 19.51     avg: 22.4     median: 22.7 (14%)     max: 23.77 fps
50.6 fps (32%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 105.04     avg: 120     median: 121.1 (43%)     max: 130.12 fps
190 fps (67%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.238     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (13%)     max: 0.248 GB/s
0.5 GB/s (24%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.4     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.416 GB/s
0.8 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 2.3     avg: 2.4     median: 2.4 (12%)     max: 2.4 GB/s
4.6 GB/s (24%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4570     avg: 4714     median: 4720.5 (32%)     max: 4844 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 9     avg: 10.2     median: 9.8 (2%)     max: 13.33 Seconds
9.6 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 22     avg: 23.5     median: 22.6 (1%)     max: 30.31 Seconds
21.9 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 506.49     avg: 552     median: 542.5 (2%)     max: 688.22 Seconds
536 Seconds (2%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
12748 Points (18%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 1706     avg: 4360     median: 4575 (22%)     max: 5004 points
10006 points (49%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 23959     avg: 38587     median: 40889.5 (26%)     max: 50904 Points
54313 Points (35%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 28540     avg: 39426     median: 39313 (47%)     max: 48085 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 45972     avg: 48807     median: 47780 (55%)     max: 52354 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3334     avg: 3727     median: 3768.5 (10%)     max: 4114 Points
8483 Points (21%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 4806     avg: 5372     median: 5430.5 (19%)     max: 5929 Points
11841 Points (40%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 7427     avg: 7749     median: 7748.5 (14%)     max: 8070 Points
14987 Points (27%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3486     avg: 3693     median: 3693 (77%)     max: 3900 Points
3906 Points (81%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
8312 Points (13%)
15856 Points (25%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4080 Points (83%)
4112 Points (84%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
32765 Points (11%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
7978 Points (22%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4272 Points (68%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4386 Points (69%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
8278 Points (14%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 914     avg: 995     median: 944.6 (2%)     max: 1257.7 ms
904 ms (2%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 62.5     avg: 65.2     median: 64.3 (1%)     max: 69.8 ms
66.3 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 24529     avg: 35704     median: 37194.5 (71%)     max: 40798 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 7600U +
42.3 Watt (11%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 7600U +
35.4 Watt (9%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-7600U → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-7920HQ → 159%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)