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
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.