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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
Clock Rate2600 - 3500 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1024 KB
Level 3 Cache6144 KB
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
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x, VT-d
Starting Price $378 U.S.
Announcement Date09/01/2015
Product Link (external)Intel Core i7 6700HQ

Benchmarks

Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
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min: 67.1     avg: 67.1 (30%)     median: 67.1 (30%)     max: 67.1 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
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min: 52.5     avg: 52.5 (28%)     median: 52.5 (28%)     max: 52.5 Watt
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
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min: 18977     avg: 30246.5 (19%)     median: 30246.5 (19%)     max: 41516 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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min: 11033     avg: 12421 (46%)     median: 12796.5 (48%)     max: 13058 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
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min: 3663     avg: 4114.3 (75%)     median: 4234 (77%)     max: 4326 Points
Octane V2 - Total Score
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min: 18466     avg: 34917.9 (79%)     median: 36290 (82%)     max: 39235 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
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min: 113     avg: 142.3 (64%)     median: 144 (65%)     max: 150 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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min: 586     avg: 671.5 (36%)     median: 676 (36%)     max: 689 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
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min: 899     avg: 1087.8 (2%)     median: 1009.6 (2%)     max: 1904.4 ms
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
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min: 10698     avg: 12432.2 (40%)     median: 12733.5 (41%)     max: 13065 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
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min: 2853     avg: 3351.8 (72%)     median: 3422 (73%)     max: 3696 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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min: 12486     avg: 13197 (41%)     median: 13122.5 (41%)     max: 14057 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
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min: 3291     avg: 3610.8 (76%)     median: 3623 (76%)     max: 3906 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
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min: 5271     avg: 9540.4 (44%)     median: 9636 (44%)     max: 9917 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
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min: 3465     avg: 6810.1 (17%)     median: 6916 (17%)     max: 7202 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
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min: 37657     avg: 45097.6 (65%)     median: 45682 (66%)     max: 48010 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
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min: 23575     avg: 40305.1 (61%)     median: 41221 (62%)     max: 46052 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
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min: 23589     avg: 40949.8 (26%)     median: 41481 (27%)     max: 46650 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
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min: 18111     avg: 18111 (60%)     median: 18111 (60%)     max: 18111 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
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min: 10046     avg: 10046 (38%)     median: 10046 (38%)     max: 10046 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
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min: 12333     avg: 12333 (56%)     median: 12333 (56%)     max: 12333 Points
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
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min: 71.8     avg: 84.8 (2%)     median: 77.8 (2%)     max: 160.5 ms
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
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min: 0.319     avg: 0.4 (0%)     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.393 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
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min: 0.543     avg: 0.7 (0%)     median: 0.7 (0%)     max: 0.667 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
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min: 2.9     avg: 3.7 (35%)     median: 3.8 (36%)     max: 3.8 GB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
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min: 35.9     avg: 41.9 (42%)     median: 42 (42%)     max: 43 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
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min: 137.6     avg: 155.7 (68%)     median: 157.5 (68%)     max: 162.4 fps