Notebookcheck

Intel Core i7-6700HQ

Intel 6700HQ

The Intel Core i7-6700HQ is a quad-core processor based on the Skylake architecture, that has been launched in September 2015. In addition to four CPU cores with Hyper-Threading clocked at 2.6 - 3.5 GHz (4 cores: max. 3.1 GHz, 2 cores: max. 3.3 GHz), the chip also integrates an HD Graphics 530 GPU and a dual-channel DDR4-2133/DDR3L-1600 memory controller. The CPU 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 i7-6700HQ performs roughly on par with the former, somewhat higher clocked Core i7-4900MQ or i7-4810MQ (Haswell). Under long-lasting full load, the Skylake chip will take the lead over Haswell-based predecessors, as the advanced 14 nm process leads to a higher energy efficiency and reduces throttling.

Even the most demanding applications and excessive multitasking are handled easily.

Graphics

The integrated graphics unit called HD Graphics 530 represents the "GT2" version of the Skylake GPU (Intel Gen. 9). The 24 Execution Units, also called EUs, are clocked at 350 - 1050 MHz and offer a performance about 20 percent above the old HD Graphics 4600. Games of 2015 can thus be played smoothly in low or medium settings. For more information about performance and features, check our page for HD Graphics 530.

Power Consumption

Specified at a TDP of 45 W (including CPU, GPU and memory controller), the CPU is best suited for bigger notebooks 15-inches in size and above. Optionally, the TDP can be lowered to 35 watts (cTDP down), reducing both heat dissipation and performance.

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 i7-6700HQ2600 - 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 i7-6500U (compare)2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate2600 - 3500 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache6 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)45 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Die Size122 mm2
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
GPUIntel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1050 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$378 U.S.
Announcement Date09/01/2015
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 6700HQ

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 586     avg: 671     median: 676 (15%)     max: 689 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 113     avg: 142     median: 144 (66%)     max: 150 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6.56     avg: 7.4     median: 7.4 (19%)     max: 7.52 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.2     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (67%)     max: 1.7 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 4104     avg: 5328     median: 5419 (56%)     max: 5550 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 18994     avg: 20191     median: 20190 (34%)     max: 20639 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 20383     avg: 26108     median: 26393 (35%)     max: 26950 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5208     avg: 6814     median: 6997.5 (65%)     max: 7206 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 229.307     avg: 261     median: 233.1 (3%)     max: 382 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 7.473     avg: 8.5     median: 7.7 (2%)     max: 11.9 seconds
wPrime 1.55 - 1024m *
min: 229.748     avg: 232     median: 232.8 (1%)     max: 233.068 seconds
wPrime 1.55 - 32m *
min: 7.555     avg: 7.8     median: 7.8 (4%)     max: 8.202 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 3695     avg: 4457     median: 4618 (54%)     max: 4950 KB/s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 22392     avg: 22734     median: 22733.5 (24%)     max: 23075 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 5040     avg: 5114     median: 5113.5 (34%)     max: 5187 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 35.9     avg: 41.9     median: 42 (27%)     max: 43 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 137.6     avg: 156     median: 157.5 (56%)     max: 162.4 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.319     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (20%)     max: 0.393 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.543     avg: 0.6     median: 0.7 (0%)     max: 0.667 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 2.9     avg: 3.7     median: 3.8 (19%)     max: 3.8 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5373     avg: 6975     median: 7092 (47%)     max: 7205 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10     avg: 11.1     median: 10.9 (2%)     max: 12.808 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 23.837     avg: 24.8     median: 24.2 (1%)     max: 28.067 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 544.682     avg: 578     median: 565 (3%)     max: 657.671 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 23076     avg: 24458     median: 24728.5 (35%)     max: 25285 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 6170     avg: 8251     median: 8508 (42%)     max: 9176 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 23589     avg: 40950     median: 41481 (27%)     max: 46650 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 25914     avg: 40703     median: 41224 (49%)     max: 46052 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 37657     avg: 45098     median: 45682 (53%)     max: 48010 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3465     avg: 6810     median: 6916 (17%)     max: 7202 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 5271     avg: 9540     median: 9633 (33%)     max: 9917 Points