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First Core i7-6500U Skylake benchmarks leak online

First Core i7-6500U Skylake benchmarks leak online
First Core i7-6500U Skylake benchmarks leak online
Benchmarks reveal only marginally better performance compared to current Broadwell CPUs.

Intel has yet to dive into details about its mobile Skylake platform for notebooks and have only touched upon a few upcoming devices. Fortunately, a growing number of performance leaks indicate that the availability of such devices may come sooner rather than later.

For the first time, benchmarks and technical data are available on the 15 W Core i7-6500U. As the successor to the Core i7-5500U, the i7-6500U will be clocked 100 MHz faster from 2.4 to 3.0 GHz on the Broadwell core to 2.5 GHz to 3.1 GHz on the Skylake core. Combined with the various architectural improvements, a performance increase of roughly 10 percent is reasonable.

Initial tests by Laptop Media, however, are not promising. According to the source, CineBench R11.5 scores for the i7-6500U are almost identical to the previous i7-5500U. A quick look at our own database numbers back up this claim as well. It is possible that the BIOS and Turbo Boost could still use some fine-tuning before launch to unlock the full performance of the Skylake core.

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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
Intel Core i7-5600U
3.31 Points ∼100%
Engineering Sample
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.28 Points ∼99%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
Intel Core i7-5500U
3.14 Points ∼95%
Dell Latitude E7450
Intel Core i5-5300U
3.07 Points ∼93%
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS03F00
Intel Core i7-5600U
302 Points ∼100%
Engineering Sample
Intel Core i7-6500U
298 Points ∼99%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
Intel Core i7-5500U
287 Points ∼95%
Dell Latitude E7450
Intel Core i5-5300U
280 Points ∼93%

Aside from the plethora of 15 W Skylake options for Ultrabooks, we fully expect more information on the 35 W and 45 W class of processors to be revealed in the coming weeks. Some of these cores are already listed on CPU-World and other sites. There are also rumors of a new Core series below the Core i7 and above the Core i5 with quad cores and no Hyper Threading.

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Till Schönborn/ Allen Ngo, 2015-08-27 (Update: 2015-08-27)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.