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

6ht Gen Intel Core i7-6500U 6th Generation

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.

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Processor Name

Intel Core i7-6500U

CPU Family

6th Generation Intel Core “Skylake”

Number of Cores


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

PassMark CPU Test Score


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