Intel Core i7-7660U vs Intel Core i7-7920HQ

Intel Core i7-7660U

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The Intel Core i7-7660U is a fast dual-core SoC for notebooks and Ultrabooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. The CPU has two processor cores clocked at 2.5-4 GHz (two cores up to 3.8 GHz). The processor can execute up to four threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper Threading. It is also equipped with an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 GPU with 64 MB eDRAm, a dual-channel memory controller (DDR4) as well as VP9 and H.265 video decoding as well as encoding. The chip is still manufactured in a 14nm process with FinFET transistors.

Compared to the Core i7-7600U, the 7660 does have a higher single-core Turbo of 4 GHz (+100 MHz), but a lower dual-core Turbo (-100 MHz) and a lower base frequency (-300 MHz). However, the CPU part can also use the 64 MB eDRAM as L5 cache.

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

At 2.5-4 GHz, the Core i7-7660U has a slightly lower frequency (except for the single-core Turbo) compared to the Core i7-7600U, but the CPU part can also use the 64 MB eDRAM, so the performance should be similar.

Graphics

The integrated Intel Iris Plus 640 Graphics is the GT3e model of the Kaby Lake GPU (Intel Gen. 9.5). It has 48 Execution Units running at 300-1050 MHz and the performance is comparable to a GeForce 920MX thanks to fast eDRAM cache. However, there aren't any significant improvements compared to the old Iris Pro 540, so modern games can often not be played smoothly or only at the lowest or medium settings, respectively.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby lake now also supports H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec. The dual-core Kaby Lake processors 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, which is typical for ULV chips. Depending on the usage scenario, the TDP can vary between 7.5 (cTDP Down) and 25 Watts.

Intel Core i7-7920HQ

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The Intel Core i7-7920HQ is a fast quad-core processor for notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. It is the top model of the consumer series at the time of the announcement. Only the Xeon E3-1535M v6 is faster (100 - 200 MHz higher Turbo clocks). Besides four cores including Hyper-Threading support running at 3.1-4.1 GHz (4 cores up to 3.7 GHz, 2 cores up to 3.9 GHz), the processor is also equipped with the HD Graphics 630 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

The performance is a bit higher compared to the Skylake predecessor Core i7-6920HQ (2.9-3.8 GHz) thanks to slightly higher clocks (up to 7.9%), so it is the fastest mobile consumer processor in the beginning of 2017 (mobile Xeon E5-1535M v6 has even higher Turbo clocks). The performance is sufficient even for very demanding tasks and on par with powerful desktop quad-core processors.

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 has 24 Execution Units (similar to previous HD Graphics 530) running at 350 - 1100 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 45 Watts, but it can also be reduced to 35 Watts by the notebook manufacturers (cTDP down). This will obviously affect the performance, because the Turbo Boost cannot be maintained for longer periods.

Intel Core i7-7660UIntel Core i7-7920HQ
Intel Kaby LakeIntel Kaby Lake
Kaby LakeKaby Lake
Series: Kaby Lake Kaby Lake
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Intel Core i7-7700 compare3.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6 compare3.1 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7920HQ3.1 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700T compare2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-7600K compare3.8 - 4.2 GHz4 / 48 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6 compare3 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HQ compare2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HK compare2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700HQ compare2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-7500 compare3.4 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7440HQ compare2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i7-7567U compare3.5 - 4 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-7660U2.5 - 4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7600U compare2.8 - 3.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ compare2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7500T compare2.7 - 3.3 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7287U compare3.3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7560U compare2.4 - 3.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7360U compare2.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7267U compare3.1 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7500U compare2.7 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7300U compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-7260U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7200U compare2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7100H compare3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7167U compare2.8 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7130U compare2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i7-7Y75 compare1.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y57 compare1.2 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y54 compare1.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i3-7100U compare2.4 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core m3-7Y32 compare1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U compare2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Core m3-7Y30 compare1 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Celeron 3965U compare2.2 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Core i3-7020U compare2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Celeron 3867U compare1.8 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Celeron 3865U compare1.8 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y compare1.7 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y compare1.6 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4410Y compare1.5 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Celeron 3965Y compare1.5 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Core i7-7700K compare4.2 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700 compare3.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6 compare3.1 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-7920HQ3.1 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700T compare2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-7600K compare3.8 - 4.2 GHz4 / 48 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6 compare3 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HQ compare2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HK compare2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700HQ compare2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-7500 compare3.4 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7440HQ compare2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i7-7567U compare3.5 - 4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7660U2.5 - 4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7600U compare2.8 - 3.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ compare2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7500T compare2.7 - 3.3 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7287U compare3.3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7560U compare2.4 - 3.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7360U compare2.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7267U compare3.1 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7500U compare2.7 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7300U compare2.6 - 3.5 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-7260U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7200U compare2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7100H compare3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7167U compare2.8 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7130U compare2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i7-7Y75 compare1.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y57 compare1.2 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y54 compare1.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i3-7100U compare2.4 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core m3-7Y32 compare1 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U compare2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Core m3-7Y30 compare1 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Celeron 3965U compare2.2 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Core i3-7020U compare2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Celeron 3867U compare1.8 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Celeron 3865U compare1.8 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y compare1.7 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y compare1.6 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4410Y compare1.5 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Celeron 3965Y compare1.5 GHz2 / 22 MB
2500 - 4000 MHz3100 - 4100 MHz
128 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB
4 MB8 MB
2 / 44 / 8
15 45
14 14
100 °C100 °C
BGA1356
Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (300 - 1050 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 630 (300 - 1150 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$415 U.S.$378 U.S.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 397     avg: 404     median: 403.5 (9%)     max: 410 Points
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814 Points (18%)
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 154     avg: 159     median: 158.5 (58%)     max: 163 Points
163 Points (60%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 4.39     avg: 4.5     median: 4.5 (9%)     max: 4.55 Points
8.9 Points (18%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.84     avg: 1.9     median: 1.9 (59%)     max: 1.89 Points
1.9 Points (59%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 6126     avg: 6170     median: 6169.5 (55%)     max: 6213
6169 (55%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 13779     avg: 13809     median: 13808.5 (23%)     max: 13838
24138 (41%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 433     avg: 436     median: 435.5 (5%)     max: 438 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 12.6     avg: 12.9     median: 12.9 (3%)     max: 13.2 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
5228 (34%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 25     avg: 25.3     median: 25.3 (11%)     max: 25.6 fps
50.6 fps (23%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 134     avg: 137     median: 136.5 (40%)     max: 139 fps
190 fps (56%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.2 GB/s (10%)
0.5 GB/s (19%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.4 GB/s (11%)
0.8 GB/s (21%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
2.4 GB/s (9%)
4.6 GB/s (17%)
Blender 2.79 - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
1257 Seconds (9%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5193     avg: 5227     median: 5226.5 (29%)     max: 5260 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.6 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
21.9 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
536 s (2%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 4463     avg: 5069     median: 5230 (21%)     max: 5513 Points
10006 Points (41%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
54313 Points (35%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
57582 Points (60%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 3823     avg: 3936     median: 3935.5 (10%)     max: 4048 Points
8483 Points (21%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 5412     avg: 5561     median: 5560.5 (14%)     max: 5709 Points
11841 Points (30%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 1979     avg: 1990     median: 1989.5 (14%)     max: 2000 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
8570 (13%)
15856 (25%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
4074 (83%)
4112 (84%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
14987 (27%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
3906 (80%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
4603 (71%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
8952 (22%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
4786 (65%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
9320 (15%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 927     avg: 938     median: 937.7 (2%)     max: 948.4 ms
904 ms (2%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 65.2     avg: 65.6     median: 65.6 (1%)     max: 66 ms
66.3 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 35767     avg: 36437     median: 36436.5 (58%)     max: 37106 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 39.2     avg: 40     median: 40 (11%)     max: 40.8 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 39.2     avg: 40     median: 40 (11%)     max: 40.8 Watt

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-7660U → 100% n=18

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-7920HQ → 161% n=18

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