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Intel Core i7-6500U

Intel 6500U

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
Intel Core i7-6920HQ (compare)2900 - 3800 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6970HQ (compare)2800 - 3700 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6870HQ (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HK (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6820HQ (compare)2700 - 3600 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-6770HQ (compare)2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (compare)2600 - 3500 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-6567U (compare)3300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6600U (compare)2600 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6650U (compare)2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-6560U (compare)2200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-6500U2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate2500 - 3100 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
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
Starting Price$393 U.S.
Announcement Date09/01/2015
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 6500U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 221     avg: 308.9     median: 316 (15%)     max: 330 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 84     avg: 124.9     median: 128 (66%)     max: 132 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 2.44     avg: 3.4     median: 3.5 (15%)     max: 3.64 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 0.98     avg: 1.4     median: 1.5 (66%)     max: 1.49 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3295     avg: 4922     median: 4886 (62%)     max: 7350 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 7308     avg: 10403.4     median: 10844 (22%)     max: 11200 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 9374     avg: 13463.2     median: 13885.5 (34%)     max: 14377 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 6209     avg: 6417.7     median: 6352.5 (51%)     max: 7220 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 476     avg: 509.3     median: 516.9 (6%)     max: 540.402 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 15     avg: 15.7     median: 15.7 (3%)     max: 16.529 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2355     avg: 2550     median: 2482 (29%)     max: 2813 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 18.13     avg: 20.1     median: 20.4 (12%)     max: 21 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 99.53     avg: 105.5     median: 105 (45%)     max: 110.66 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.181     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (11%)     max: 0.191 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.262     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (15%)     max: 0.322 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 1.8     avg: 1.8     median: 1.8 (15%)     max: 1.9 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3214     avg: 4112.1     median: 4231 (33%)     max: 4283 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 12     avg: 12.4     median: 12.2 (3%)     max: 13.205 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 27     avg: 28.1     median: 28 (1%)     max: 29.7 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 615     avg: 653     median: 653.7 (3%)     max: 689.667 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 8291     avg: 11139     median: 11639 (21%)     max: 11851 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3093     avg: 4243.6     median: 4244 (26%)     max: 5008 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 22594     avg: 35502.7     median: 36182 (23%)     max: 41441 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 22961     avg: 35022.7     median: 35351 (52%)     max: 40997 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 25957     avg: 37640.5     median: 38738 (56%)     max: 43183 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 1843     avg: 3323.6     median: 3422.5 (9%)     max: 3595 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 2990     avg: 4778.1     median: 4905 (22%)     max: 5069 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 6092     avg: 6471.6     median: 6488.5 (21%)     max: 6904 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 2800     avg: 3012     median: 2997.5 (64%)     max: 3278 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 6403     avg: 6728     median: 6728 (18%)     max: 7053 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 2902     avg: 3145.5     median: 3145.5 (66%)     max: 3389 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
min: 18247     avg: 33548     median: 33548 (20%)     max: 48849 Points