Intel Core i7-6500U 6th Gen ‘Skylake’ Higher-End Laptop CPU

The 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U is a higher-end processor you can commonly find in premium-class mainstream laptops. In Intel’s lineup, the dual-core 2.5-3.1 GHz chip is a step up from the mid-range dual-core Intel Core i3 and i5. On the other side, it’s still far below the quad-core i7 in terms of performance and benchmark results.

Intel Core i7-6500U PassMark CPU Benchmark

6th Gen Intel Core i7-6500U PassMark CPU Benchmark

A fact in favor of the i7-6500U is that it uses far less battery power and runs cooler than the quad-core counterparts. It consumes 15 Watts, just like the dual-core i3 and i5, whereas the quad-core i7 consumes 45W. Therefore, the dual-core i7 is more suitable for thin notebooks with long lasting battery lives, while still offering great performance for the day-to-day tasks and advanced photo and video editing stuff.

In comparison to its precursor, the 5th Gen “Broadwell” i7-5500U, the 6th Gen “Skylake” i7-6500U doesn’t bring a significant performance boost, but rather various tweaks for a greater power efficiency and smoother high-resolution video playback with emphasis on 4K content.

The i7-6500U incorporates the Intel HD 520 integrated graphics, with a bit better performance than the older HD 5500. Still, it is just a basic integrated GPU which can run only light games and select demanding titles at lowest graphics detail settings.

You can check out laptops with the i7-6500U here.

Specifications of the Intel Core i7-6500U

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Core i7-6500U:

Processor Name

Intel Core i7-6500U

CPU Family

6th Generation Intel Core "Skylake"

Number of Cores

Dual-core / 2 threads per core

CPU Clock Speed


Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 1600MHz
DDR3 1866MHz
DDR4 2133MHz

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD 520

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

Mainstream laptops & 2-in-1 PCs


Intel HyperThreading
Intel QuickSync
Intel TurboBoost
VT-d virtualization
VT-x virtualization

User Benchmark Average CPU Score



Written by on October 5, 2015

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