The Intel Core i7-7500U is the fastest dual-core processor in the 7th Generation Intel Core series. You can find it in mid-range and higher-end mainstream laptop PCs. As the main advantage over the very similar 6th Gen i7-6500U, the i7-7500U has higher clock speeds of 2.7 GHz and 3.5 GHz in normal and TurboBoost modes, respectively, up from 2.5 and 3.1 GHz. Also, Intel highlights further improvements of ultra high-definition 4K video playback of the 7th Gen chips.
Intel Core i7-7500U PassMark CPU Benchmark
As you can see in the chart above, only the quad-core Intel Core processors are faster than the dual-core i7-7500U. Still, the i7-7500U offers a great performance-per-Watt ratio. It consumes 15 Watts of power, whereas the slightly faster i5-5300HQ quad-core consumes 35W. Therefore, the i7-7500U is an ideal choice for advanced users who need extra computing power without sacrificing battery life. On the other hand, most of the home and office laptop users will find the cheper 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U and i5-7200U (review) completely sufficient for web surf, MS Office, media playback and other common tasks. For these day-to-day duties, the i7 chip doesn’t bring any significant improvement, while in more heavy scenarios like video transcoding, it can speed up operations.
The Intel Core i7-7500U features the Intel HD 620 integrated graphics. It’s suitable only for non-demanding games, but nevertheless it can play many of the popular game titles, as described in this review of the HD 620.