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
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.
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