Intel Core i7-7500U vs Intel Core i7-6700HQ

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Intel Core i7-7500U CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-6700HQ

CPU comparison

Intel Core i7-7500U or Intel Core i7-6700HQ - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Intel Core i7-7500U has 2 cores with 4 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.50 GHz. Up to 32 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i7-7500U was released in Q4/2016.

The Intel Core i7-6700HQ has 4 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.50 GHz. The CPU supports up to 64 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i7-6700HQ was released in Q3/2015.
Intel Core i7 (298) Family Intel Core i7 (298)
Intel Core i 7000U (18) CPU group Intel Core i 6000H (15)
7 Generation 6
Kaby Lake U Architecture Skylake H
Mobile Segment Mobile
Intel Core i7-6500U Predecessor Intel Core i7-5700HQ
-- Successor Intel Core i7-7700HQ

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i7-7500U is a 2 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.70 GHz (3.50 GHz). The Intel Core i7-6700HQ has 4 CPU cores with a clock frequency of 2.60 GHz (3.50 GHz).

Intel Core i7-7500U Characteristic Intel Core i7-6700HQ
2 Cores 4
4 Threads 8
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
2.70 GHz Frequency 2.60 GHz
3.50 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.50 GHz
3.50 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.20 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Intel Core i7-7500U Characteristic Intel Core i7-6700HQ
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The integrated graphics unit of a processor is not only responsible for the pure image output on the system, but can also significantly increase the efficiency of the system with the support of modern video codecs.

Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU Intel HD Graphics 530
0.30 GHz GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
1.05 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.05 GHz
9.5 GPU Generation 9
14 nm Technology 14 nm
3 Max. displays 3
24 Compute units 24
192 Shader 192
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
32 GB Max. GPU Memory 32 GB
12 DirectX Version 12

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.

Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU Intel HD Graphics 530
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i7-7500U supports a maximum of 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i7-6700HQ can connect up to 64 GB of memory in 2 memory channels.

Intel Core i7-7500U Characteristic Intel Core i7-6700HQ
DDR4-2133, DDR3-1866 Memory LPDDR3-1866, DDR4-2133
32 GB Max. Memory 64 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
34.1 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 34.1 GB/s
No ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
4.00 MB L3 Cache 6.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 3.0
12 PCIe lanes 20
11.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 19.7 GB/s

Thermal Management

The TDP (Thermal Design Power) of a processor specifies the required cooling solution. The Intel Core i7-7500U has a TDP of 15 W, that of the Intel Core i7-6700HQ is 45 W.

Intel Core i7-7500U Characteristic Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 45 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Intel Core i7-7500U has a 4.00 MB cache, while the Intel Core i7-6700HQ cache has a total of 6.00 MB.

Intel Core i7-7500U Characteristic Intel Core i7-6700HQ
14 nm Technology 14 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
BGA 1356 Socket BGA 1440
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q4/2016 Release date Q3/2015
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i7-7500U (100%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (98%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 7 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i7-7500U (61%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (92%)

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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
842 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
806 (96%)

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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
1826 (59%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
3079 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
1178 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1128 (96%)

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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
2274 (58%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
3894 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-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 multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
739 (45%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1651 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
Intel HD Graphics 620 @ 1.05 GHz
403 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel HD Graphics 530 @ 1.05 GHz
403 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
3659 (56%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
6520 (100%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
1327.4 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
540.3 (41%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
325 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
325 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 2.70 GHz
973 (56%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 2.60 GHz
1725 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
149 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
148 (99%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
376 (54%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
692 (100%)

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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
896 (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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
4193 (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.
Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7500U
2C 4T @ 3.50 GHz
354 (100%)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-6700HQ
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