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Intel Core i7-7600U

Intel 7600U

The Intel Core i7-7600U is a fast dual-core processor for notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. It integrates 2 CPU cores with Hyper-Threading support clocked at 2.8 - 3.9 GHz (2 core Turbo also 3.9 GHz). Besides two cores, the processor is also equipped with the HD Graphics 620 GPU as well as a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2400). It is manufactured in a 14nm process with FinFET transistors.

Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.

Performance

With 2.5 to 3.9 GHz, the Core i7-7600U clocks significantly higher than the old Core i7-6500U (2.5 - 3.1). That means, the i7-7600U is (at the time of announcement in beginning of 2017) the fastest dual core processor for laptops. The performance is sufficient for demanding tasks (except some games that may need four real cores).

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 has 24 Execution Units (similar to previous HD Graphics 520) running at 300 - 1150 MHz. The performance depends a lot on the memory configuration; it should be comparable to a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 920M in combination with fast DDR4-2133 dual-channel memory.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake now supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec. The dual-core Kaby Lake processors, which were announced in January, should also support HDCP 2.2.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in an improved 14nm process with FinFET transistors, which improves the efficiency even further. Intel still specifies the TDP with 15 Watts, but it can also be reduced to 7.5 Watts by the notebook manufacturers (cTDP down). This will obviously affect the performance, because the Turbo Boost cannot be maintained for longer periods.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameKaby Lake
Series: Core i7 Kaby Lake
Intel Core i7-7920HQ (compare)3100 - 4100 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HQ (compare)2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HK (compare)2900 - 3900 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i7-7567U (compare)3500 - 4000 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-7600U2800 - 3900 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7660U (compare)2500 - 4000 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7560U (compare)2400 - 3800 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7500U (compare)2700 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7Y75 (compare)1300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate2800 - 3900 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
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA1356
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
GPUIntel HD Graphics 620 (300 - 1150 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$393 U.S.
Announcement Date01/03/2017

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 190     avg: 331.3     median: 343 (16%)     max: 379 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 112     avg: 150.6     median: 156 (80%)     max: 164 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3.62     avg: 3.9     median: 3.9 (16%)     max: 4.16 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.68     avg: 1.8     median: 1.9 (84%)     max: 1.87 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 6115     avg: 6462.9     median: 6263 (79%)     max: 7903 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 11532     avg: 12828     median: 12679 (25%)     max: 15012 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
0 Points (0%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
0 Points (0%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 441.7     avg: 489.2     median: 482 (6%)     max: 545.624 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 12.64     avg: 15.2     median: 13.3 (3%)     max: 19.9 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 2333     avg: 2679.8     median: 2705 (32%)     max: 2976 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 22.41     avg: 23.2     median: 23.4 (14%)     max: 23.77 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 114.92     avg: 124.1     median: 127.1 (54%)     max: 130.12 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.245     avg: 0.3     median: 0.2 (14%)     max: 0.248 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.41     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (20%)     max: 0.416 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 2.3     avg: 2.4     median: 2.4 (20%)     max: 2.4 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4570     avg: 4670.3     median: 4648 (37%)     max: 4793 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 9     avg: 10.3     median: 9.7 (2%)     max: 13.33 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 22     avg: 23.8     median: 22.3 (1%)     max: 30.31 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 506.49     avg: 549.8     median: 526 (2%)     max: 688.22 Seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 1706     avg: 4276.8     median: 4523 (28%)     max: 4974 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 23959     avg: 37870.7     median: 42201 (27%)     max: 45207 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 28540     avg: 37255.8     median: 38714.5 (56%)     max: 43054 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 45972     avg: 47967.7     median: 46526 (67%)     max: 51405 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3410     avg: 3711.4     median: 3768 (10%)     max: 3997 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 4908     avg: 5347.2     median: 5378 (24%)     max: 5787 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 7427     avg: 7748.5     median: 7748.5 (25%)     max: 8070 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3486     avg: 3693     median: 3693 (79%)     max: 3900 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 914     avg: 1004.1     median: 939.8 (2%)     max: 1257.7 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 62.5     avg: 63.7     median: 64.1 (2%)     max: 64.5 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 24529     avg: 36029.4     median: 37531 (78%)     max: 40798 Points
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
35.4 Watt (15%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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