Intel Core i7-7560U & i7-7660U 7th Gen Laptop CPUs

The Intel Core i7-7560U and i7-7660U aren’t widely adopted laptop processors. But still, the latter one is an important CPU because it’s used in the famous Microsoft Surface Laptop. The i7-7560U and i7-7660U are on the top of the chip maker’s dual-core CPU lineup. The parts belong to the 7th Generation Intel Core series. They offer faster clock speeds and better integrated graphics than on the regular 7th Gen i7-7500U, while retaining the same 15-Watt power consumption.

Differences between the Intel Core i7-7560U and i7-7660U are minor. The former runs at 2.4 GHz default speed and up to 3.8 GHz in TurboBoost mode, while the latter is clocked at 2.5 – 4.0 GHz. That’s a minor clock speed difference. In addition to that, the 7660U variant supports enterprise-oriented Intel vPro system management technology, which is lacking on the 7560U.

Intel Core i7-7560U / i7-7660U CPU Benchmark

7th Gen Intel Core i7-7560U i7-7660U Benchmark

In the User Benchmark CPU tests, the i7-7560U and i7-7660U show an admirable lead over the other dual-core chips. Also, they are close performance-wise to the current generation of the Intel quad-core Core HQ-series notebook parts, which are typically used in gaming laptops. In the real world use, the i7-7560U and i7-7660U can effortlessly handle all the routine home and office PC tasks and also have some extra oomph for more taxing duties like multimedia production. For these heavier tasks, the 45-Watt quad-core Intel Core chips are an ideal solution. However, the i7-7560U / 7660U are good power-efficient alternatives to them, enabling thin-and-light notebook designs and noticeably lower battery draining.

As for graphics processing, both chips utilize the same Intel Iris Plus 640 GPU. Unlike the most integrated graphics solutions which use only the main system memory for rendering purposes, the Intel Iris Plus 640 additionally utilizes its own 64MB dedicated memory for improved performance. The Iris Plus 640 is considerably better than the more common Intel HD 620, but still it isn’t a gaming class GPU. It can be used for casual games and some lighter and older 3D game titles.

Specifications of the Intel Core i7-7560U & i7-7660U

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Core i7-7560U & i7-7660U:

Processor Name

Intel Core i7-7560U, Intel Core i7-7660U

CPU Family

7th Generation Intel Core "Kaby Lake"

Number of Cores

Dual-core / 2 threads per core

CPU Clock Speed

i7-7560U: 2.4 GHz – 3.8 GHz, i7-7660U: 2.5 GHz – 4 GHz

Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 (1866 MHz max. speed)

DDR4 (2133 MHz max. speed)

Integrated Graphics

Intel Iris Plus 640 Graphics

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

Mainstream laptops & 2-in-1 PCs


Intel HyperThreading

Intel QuickSync Video

Intel TurboBoost

Intel vPro

VT-d virtualization

VT-x virtualization

User Benchmark Average CPU Score



Written by Dan on June 22, 2017

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