Intel Core i7-6700HQ High-End Quad-Core 6th Gen Skylake Processor

The 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ is a processor commonly used in gaming-class and other high-performance laptops and combined with dedicated video cards. The i7-6700HQ “Skylake” CPU is based on 14-nanometer production technology, as same as its 5th Gen”Broadwell” i7-5700HQ precursor. The i7-6700HQ brings many improvements, such as support for DDR4 memory, newer and somewhat faster Intel HD 530 integrated graphics, and high-resolution (4K) video playback optimizations. But unfortunately, raw computing performance boost is missing. As a matter of fact, benchmarks show the i7-6700HQ is actually slower than the 5700HQ. That’s primarily due to different clock speed configurations. The 6th Gen part runs at between 2.6 and 3.5 GHz, depending on usage, whereas the 5th Gen model is clocked at 2.7 to 3.5 GHz. Not a big difference, but the gap is bigger when the CPU runs in TurboBoost mode. The 6700HQ can achieve the maximal 3.5GHz TurboBoost speed only on one core at a time, while the 5700HQ can run at 3.5GHz on all four cores. That’s why the older i7 chip is actually faster, as you can see in the PassMark CPU test results below.

Intel Core i7-6700HQ Benchmark

Intel Core i7-6700HQ Benchmark

Regardless of the gap in benchmark results, chances are you won’t be able to tell the difference between the i7-6700HQ and its precursor in the real life use. For sure, both quad-core parts belong to the top of the laptop processor list performance-wise and are noticeably faster than their dual-core i7 relatives and other mainstream notebook chips.

For a list of laptops with the Intel Core i7-6700HQ i7-6700HQ.

Specifications of the Intel Core i7-6700HQ

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Core i7-6700HQ:

Processor Name

Intel Core i7-6700HQ

CPU Family

6th Generation Intel Core "Skylake"

Number of Cores

Quad-core / 2 threads per core

CPU Clock Speed


Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 1600MHz
DDR3 1866MHz
DDR4 2133MHz

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD 530

Power Consumption

45 Watts

Production Technology


Typical Use

Gaming & High-Performance Laptops


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

User Benchmark Average CPU Score



Written by on January 20, 2016

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the Intel Core i7-6700HQ

Below you can read and submit user reviews, comments, questions, and answers regarding the processor. Thank you for your contribution.

  1. John

    I’m thinking of purchasing an HP Pavilion with the i7-6700HQ processor for professional video editing (with Avid Newscutter). Do you think it would perform good? The specifications are:

    6th Gen Skylake Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.60 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.50 GHz, Intel HD Graphics 530 with shared graphics memory
    8GB DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM(1 DIMM), 1TB Hard Drive

    Thank you!

  2. Daniel

    Is there a big difference in laptop´s battery life between 6700HQ and 5700HQ?

    • Danijel Z

      They have almost the same power consumption – 45W vs 47W in favor of the 6700HQ – and the CPUs are generally very similar. Exception are somewhat lower TurboBoost clock speeds and performance of the 6700HQ, which can translate to slightly longer battery life, with everything else being the same.

      • Daniel

        Thanks a lot for answer 🙂

  3. Drew

    Is this good for newer titles such as Cod Bo3 with a dedicated Nvidia geforce 960m 4gb GPU?

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