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.

Note: The benchmark scores of the listed processors are averages measured across various devices with these processors. The scores and real-world performance of the Intel Core i7-6500U and compared CPUs may vary depending on the notebooks' other components, settings, cooling, and other factors. However, the benchmark results are good indicators of the processors' performance.


Here are the most important specs 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 computing threads per core

CPU Clock Speed


Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 (1866 MHz max. speed)
DDR4 (2133 MHz max. speed)

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD 520

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

Mainstream laptops & 2-in-1 PCs

Notable Technologies

Intel HyperThreading (enables two computing threads per physical processor core)
Intel QuickSync Video (speeds up conversion of video files)
Intel TurboBoost (dynamically boosts performance of cores, depending on power and thermal headroom)
VT-d virtualization
VT-x virtualization

User Benchmark Average CPU Score


Published on October 5, 2015

User Reviews and Q&A

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Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  1. 5 out of 5


    it is great cpu for productivity with a boost. however it is not recommended to buy the laptop with its processor because 8th gen i7 u series laptop have quad core while it is only dual core


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