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Intel Core i7-6600U

Intel 6600U

The Intel Core i7-6600U is an ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core SoC based on the Skylake architecture. In September 2015, it's the fastest CPU of the 15 W series, which can be found in ultrabooks as well as normal notebooks. In addition to two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.6 - 3.4 GHz (2 cores: max. 3.2 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 i7-6600U should perform similar to a Core i5-4310M (Haswell, 37 W) and is one of the fastest ULV dual-cores as of late 2015. 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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Clock Rate2600 - 3400 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, vPro, TXT
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 6600U

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 306     avg: 324     median: 321 (7%)     max: 348 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 118     avg: 137     median: 141 (52%)     max: 144 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 3.25     avg: 3.6     median: 3.6 (7%)     max: 3.84 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.19     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (51%)     max: 1.63 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 3260     avg: 5259     median: 5298 (47%)     max: 7045 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 9140     avg: 11541     median: 11320 (19%)     max: 14948 points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 14391     avg: 14724     median: 14412 (14%)     max: 15369 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 6863     avg: 7593     median: 6890 (52%)     max: 9027 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 447.319     avg: 503     median: 509.2 (6%)     max: 525.775 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 14.079     avg: 15.3     median: 14.7 (3%)     max: 19.264 s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 19.52     avg: 20.8     median: 20 (9%)     max: 22.62 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 103.7     avg: 111     median: 109 (32%)     max: 120.37 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.193     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.201 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4107     avg: 4334     median: 4333.5 (24%)     max: 4560 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10.905     avg: 11.1     median: 11.1 (2%)     max: 11.345 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 24.753     avg: 25.2     median: 25.1 (1%)     max: 26.034 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 558.339     avg: 578     median: 572.4 (3%)     max: 609.647 s
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 4034     avg: 4479     median: 4606.5 (20%)     max: 4780 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 31340     avg: 38138     median: 37127 (24%)     max: 42543 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 26121     avg: 37420     median: 39364 (42%)     max: 42164 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 3073     avg: 3543     median: 3569 (9%)     max: 3745 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 4279     avg: 5086     median: 5134.5 (13%)     max: 5344 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 1030.1     avg: 1601     median: 1047.6 (2%)     max: 3827 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 77.3     avg: 138     median: 134.4 (1%)     max: 205 ms
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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