Intel Core i7-5500U / i7-5600U Higher-End Laptop CPUs
The 5th Generation Intel Core i7-5500U and i7-5600U are among the fastest dual-core laptop processors. True, they can’t match performance of the quad-core i7, but on the positive side they offer a far better power efficiency and run cooler.
Even the i5-5200U and i3-5010U from the same Broadwell family deliver an excellent computing speed for the average user. The i7-5500U / i7-5600U are a step up. They are an optimal solution for photographers, videographers and graphic designers who want top-notch performance, while avoiding heat and high power consumption of the quad-core i7, as well as bulkiness of notebooks with it.
Intel Core i7-5500U / i7-5600U PassMark CPU Benchmark
In comparison to the previous-gen i7-4510U “Haswell” dual-core, the i7-5500U / i7-5600U Broadwell don’t bring any noticeable improvement when it comes to raw CPU speed, but include newer and faster Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics. The HD 5500 isn’t a gaming-class graphics solution by no means, but it can serve well for playing indie titles, MMORPGs, and some modern 3D games on lower settings.
The i7-5500U and i7-5600U are very similar. The most important difference are their clock speeds, with the latter being 0.2GHz faster. That, however, doesn’t impact performance much. In addition, the 5600U includes some enterprise-class features such as support for Intel vPro system management technology, so the CPU is a kind of a business-use version of the 5500U.
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Intel Core i7-5500U, i7-5600U
5th Generation Intel Core “Broadwell”
|Number of Cores||
|CPU Clock Speed||
5500U: 2.4-3GHz, 5600U: 2.6-3.2GHz
DDR3 1333MHz, DDR3 1600MHz
Intel HD 5500
Mainstream Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
Intel HyperThreading, Intel QuickSync, Intel TurboBoost, VT-d Virtualization, VT-x Virtualization
|PassMark CPU Test Score||
5500U: 4,000, 5600U: 4,350