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Intel Core i7-6500U

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The Intel Core i7-6500U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core SoC based on the Skylake architecture and has been launched in September 2015. The CPU can be found in ultrabooks as well as normal notebooks. In addition to two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.5 - 3.1 GHz (2 cores: max. 3.0 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 i7-6500U should perform similar to a Core i5-4300M (Haswell, 37 W) or a Core i7-5600U (Broadwell, 15 W). 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.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameSkylake
Series: Core i7 Skylake
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» Intel Core i7-6500U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate2500 - 3100 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Die Size99 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
GPUIntel HD Graphics 520 (300 - 1050 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Starting Price$393 U.S.
Announcement Date09/01/2015
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 6500U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 220     avg: 307     median: 316 (7%)     max: 330 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 84     avg: 124     median: 128 (47%)     max: 132 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 2.44     avg: 3.4     median: 3.5 (7%)     max: 3.64 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 0.98     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (46%)     max: 1.49 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3295     avg: 4922     median: 4886 (44%)     max: 7350 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 7308     avg: 10403     median: 10844 (18%)     max: 11200 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 9374     avg: 13463     median: 13885.5 (13%)     max: 14377 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 6209     avg: 6418     median: 6352.5 (48%)     max: 7220 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 476     avg: 509     median: 516.9 (6%)     max: 540.402 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 15     avg: 15.7     median: 15.7 (3%)     max: 16.529 s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 18.13     avg: 20.1     median: 20.4 (9%)     max: 21 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 99.53     avg: 105     median: 105 (31%)     max: 110.66 fps
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3214     avg: 4112     median: 4231 (23%)     max: 4283 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.3     median: 12.2 (3%)     max: 13.205 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27     avg: 28.1     median: 28 (1%)     max: 29.7 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 615     avg: 653     median: 653.7 (3%)     max: 689.667 s
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 8291     avg: 11139     median: 11639 (13%)     max: 11851 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 3079     avg: 4223     median: 4243.5 (18%)     max: 5008 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 22594     avg: 35503     median: 36182 (23%)     max: 41441 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 22961     avg: 35023     median: 35351 (38%)     max: 40997 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 25957     avg: 37163     median: 38156 (39%)     max: 43183 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 1843     avg: 3309     median: 3415 (9%)     max: 3595 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 2990     avg: 4778     median: 4905 (12%)     max: 5069 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 1205     avg: 1685     median: 1837.5 (13%)     max: 1861 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
min: 6092     avg: 6472     median: 6488.5 (12%)     max: 6904 points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
min: 2800     avg: 3012     median: 2997.5 (62%)     max: 3278 points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 1081     avg: 1230     median: 1133.1 (2%)     max: 2127 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 80.2     avg: 88.3     median: 85.9 (1%)     max: 110.4 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 15973     avg: 30117     median: 31016 (52%)     max: 33275 Points
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