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Intel Core i7-5600U

Intel 5600U

The Intel Core i7-5600U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor based on the Broadwell architecture, which has been launched in January 2015. In addition to two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.6 - 3.2 GHz (2 Cores: 3.1 GHz), the chip also integrates an HD Graphics 5500 GPU and a dual-channel DDR3(L)-1600 memory controller. The Core i7 is manufactured in a 14 nm process with FinFET transistors.

Compared to the Core i7-5650U, the i7-5600U features a higher CPU base clock, but integrates a somewhat slower GPU.

Architecture

Broadwell represents the "Tick" in Intel's Tick-Tock model, which means a shrink of its predecessor Haswell. The new 14 nm manufacturing process with three-dimensional FinFET transistors allows not only improvements in energy efficiency, but also a significantly smaller die size fit for more compact packages and devices.

Further advantages result from the revised microarchitecture of Broadwell. Due to its improved branch prediction, bigger buffer sizes (1500 instead of 1000 entries in the L2 TLB) and other tweaks, the performance per clock has been increased by more than 5 percent over its predecessor. There are also some new instruction set extensions designed for cryptographic applications.

Performance

Thanks to its improved architecture, the Core i7-5600U is about 5 - 20 percent faster than the slightly lower clocked Core i7-4600U (Haswell, 15 W) and matches the Core i5-4288U (Haswell, 28 W). Thus, the CPU has sufficient power even for demanding applications and multitasking.

Graphics

The integrated HD Graphics 5500 offers 24 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 300 - 950 MHz. Similar to the CPU core, the GPU architecture (Intel Gen 8) has been thoroughly revised for improved performance-per-clock. The HD Graphics 5500 beats the HD Graphics 4400 (20 EUs) as well as the HD Graphics 5000 (40 EUs), both part of the Haswell generation. Nevertheless, most games as of 2015 will be playable only in low settings.

Broadwell is the first Intel chip to fully support DirectX 11.2 as well as OpenCL 1.3/2.0 and OpenGL 4.3. Video will output natively via DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a. However, the new HDMI 2.0 standard is not supported.

Power Consumption

The i7-5600U is rated at a TDP of 15 W (7.5 W cTDP Down) including the graphics card, memory controller, VRMs and the integrated chipset. Therefore, the CPU is suited even for small ultrabooks 11-inches and greater.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameBroadwell
Series: Core i7 Broadwell
Intel Core i7-5950HQ (compare)2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-5850HQ (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-5700HQ (compare)2700 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-5750HQ (compare)2500 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-5557U (compare)3100 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-5600U2600 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-5650U (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-5500U (compare)2400 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-5550U (compare)2000 - 3000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate2600 - 3200 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Transistor Count1300 Million
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Die Size82 mm2
Max. Temperature105 °C
SocketBGA
FeaturesDDR3(L)-1600 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro, AES-NI
GPUIntel HD Graphics 5500 (300 - 950 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$393 U.S.
Announcement Date01/05/2015
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 5600U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 277     avg: 292.5     median: 297 (14%)     max: 302 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 121     avg: 129.1     median: 130 (67%)     max: 131 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3.07     avg: 3.2     median: 3.3 (14%)     max: 3.31 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.46     avg: 1.5     median: 1.5 (68%)     max: 1.52 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4894     avg: 4947.3     median: 4944 (63%)     max: 4998 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 9564     avg: 10137.4     median: 10263 (21%)     max: 10435 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 12836     avg: 13362.8     median: 13427 (33%)     max: 13756 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 6462     avg: 6495.2     median: 6490 (52%)     max: 6543 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 482.056     avg: 503.9     median: 491.1 (6%)     max: 534.255 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 14.739     avg: 15.3     median: 15.5 (3%)     max: 15.661 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2561     avg: 2639.5     median: 2639.5 (31%)     max: 2718 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 18     avg: 18.4     median: 18.3 (11%)     max: 18.72 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 96.31     avg: 99.5     median: 99 (42%)     max: 102.36 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.175     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (10%)     max: 0.176 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3824     avg: 3903     median: 3827 (30%)     max: 4058 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11.903     avg: 12.2     median: 12.1 (3%)     max: 12.82 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27.534     avg: 27.8     median: 27.7 (1%)     max: 27.97 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 617.465     avg: 626.7     median: 625.9 (3%)     max: 636.329 Seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3529     avg: 3882     median: 3792 (23%)     max: 4244 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 31181     avg: 37825.2     median: 38359 (25%)     max: 41527 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3047     avg: 3345.3     median: 3393 (9%)     max: 3501 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 4750     avg: 4937.2     median: 4956.5 (22%)     max: 5036 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 6002     avg: 6251.3     median: 6357 (20%)     max: 6395 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 2881     avg: 2977     median: 3004 (64%)     max: 3046 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 2074.3     avg: 2101.3     median: 2102.3 (4%)     max: 2126.4 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 86.2     avg: 105.9     median: 86.9 (2%)     max: 175.4 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 15536     avg: 15730.5     median: 15770.5 (33%)     max: 15845 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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