AMD EPYC 7642 vs Intel Core i7-6870HQ

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AMD EPYC 7642 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-6870HQ
AMD EPYC 7642 Intel Core i7-6870HQ

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the AMD EPYC 7642 and the Intel Core i7-6870HQ and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the AMD EPYC 7642 48 core processor released in Q3/2019 with the Intel Core i7-6870HQ which has 4 CPU cores and was introduced in Q1/2016.
AMD EPYC (90) Family Intel Core i7 (293)
AMD EPYC 7002 (24) CPU group Intel Core i 6000H (15)
2 Generation 6
Rome (Zen 2) Architecture Skylake H
Desktop / Server Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
AMD EPYC 7643 Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD EPYC 7642 is a 48 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.30 GHz (3.30 GHz). The processor can compute 96 threads at the same time. The Intel Core i7-6870HQ clocks with 2.70 GHz (3.60 GHz), has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel.

AMD EPYC 7642 Characteristic Intel Core i7-6870HQ
48 Cores 4
96 Threads 8
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
2.30 GHz Frequency 2.70 GHz
3.30 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.60 GHz
2.80 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.20 GHz

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

AMD EPYC 7642 Characteristic Intel Core i7-6870HQ
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

no iGPU GPU Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) 1.00 GHz
-- GPU Generation 9
Technology 14 nm
Max. displays 3
-- Compute units 72
-- Shader 576
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- Max. GPU Memory 32 GB
-- DirectX Version 12.0

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

no iGPU GPU Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode
No Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 Decode
No Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
No Codec AVC Decode / Encode
No Codec VC-1 Decode
No Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

Up to GB of memory in a maximum of 8 memory channels is supported by the AMD EPYC 7642, while the Intel Core i7-6870HQ supports a maximum of 64 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 34.1 GB/s enabled.

AMD EPYC 7642 Characteristic Intel Core i7-6870HQ
DDR4-3200 Memory DDR4-2133
Max. Memory 64 GB
8 (Octa Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
51.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 34.1 GB/s
Yes ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
256.00 MB L3 Cache 8.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 3.0
128 PCIe lanes 20
252.0 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 19.7 GB/s

Thermal Management

The AMD EPYC 7642 has a TDP of 225 W. The TDP of the Intel Core i7-6870HQ is 45 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

AMD EPYC 7642 Characteristic Intel Core i7-6870HQ
225 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 45 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down 35 W
-- Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The AMD EPYC 7642 has 256.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 7 nm. The cache of Intel Core i7-6870HQ is at 8.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 14 nm.

AMD EPYC 7642 Characteristic Intel Core i7-6870HQ
7 nm Technology 14 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
SP3 Socket BGA 1440
AMD-V, SVM Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q3/2019 Release date Q1/2016
8000 $ Release price 434 $
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
48C 96T @ 3.30 GHz
1047 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6870HQ Intel Core i7-6870HQ
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
846 (81%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
48C 96T @ 2.80 GHz
33846 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6870HQ Intel Core i7-6870HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
3299 (10%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
48C 96T @ 3.30 GHz
1334 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6870HQ Intel Core i7-6870HQ
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
1096 (82%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
48C 96T @ 2.80 GHz
15647 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6870HQ Intel Core i7-6870HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
3679 (24%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
48C 96T @ 2.80 GHz
61574 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6870HQ Intel Core i7-6870HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
8236 (13%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
48C 96T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-6870HQ Intel Core i7-6870HQ
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
903 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
48C 96T @ 2.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-6870HQ Intel Core i7-6870HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
4288 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
48C 96T @ 3.30 GHz
377 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6870HQ Intel Core i7-6870HQ
4C 8T @ 3.60 GHz
0 (0%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
@ 0.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-6870HQ Intel Core i7-6870HQ
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 @ 1.00 GHz
1152 (100%)

Devices using this processor

AMD EPYC 7642 Intel Core i7-6870HQ
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