Intel Core i7-6700HQ – one of the top-shelf mobile Skylake CPUs gets benchmarked and added to our ranking table

Intel_Skylake_WideAnother day another Skylake CPU is in our hands, but this time we’ve got the quad-core powerhouse – Core i7-6700HQ. This is a direct successor to the mainstream Haswell chip used in so many gaming notebooks – Core i7-4700HQ since Intel has decided to skip the Broadwell generation and jump directly on Skylake.

In contrary to the Broadwell – Skylake performance leap, we can expect a big difference between Skylake and Haswell. While the Core i7-4700HQ is clocked at 2.4-3.4 GHz, the new Core i7-6700HQ integrates 4 cores clocked at 2.6-3.5 GHz (for 1 core or 3.1 GHz for four or three active cores). That’s even faster than the refreshed Core i7-4710HQ and par with the Core i7-4720HQ.

However, you can benefit from various features that the Skylake SoC offers and the Haswell generation doesn’t. For example, the testing unit we currently have boasts a USB Type-C port and 8GB of DDR4 RAM ticking at 2133MHz. That came as a surprise because some leaks suggested that the first notebooks will ship with 1866MHz DDR4 RAM, but the best part is that the motherboard supports the so-called UniDIMM slot that can accommodate both standards – DDR3 and DDR4. So if your notebook comes with DDR3 RAM you can easily upgrade to DDR4 with a single swap. You can also check some of the CPUs specs in the CPU-Z screenshot below.

Skylake HQ

Also, here are some benchmarks indicating how the Core i7-6700HQ stacks up against other CPUs and its predecessors, but keep in mind that this is an engineering sample so results on the final unit will surely be better.

Check out our CPU ranking table to see which place the Core i7-6700HQ holds: http://laptopmedia.com/top-laptop-cpu-ranking/

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Filip
Filip
7 years ago

It’s great that i found this website. I love your exclusive content! Keep it up !

Александър
Александър
7 years ago

Do you know which laptops will have this processor?

Mohammad Yasin
Mohammad Yasin
6 years ago

Dell Alienware has it.

qasdfdsaq
qasdfdsaq
7 years ago

Umm the *direct* successor to the Core i7-4700HQ is the Core i7-5700HQ. Broadwell may have been short-lived but it most certainly wasn’t skipped.

SteelCity1981 (@SteelCity1981)

for a brand new arch i’m not impressed with skylake’s performance at all. I mean when you are talking about a 5% on avg improvement over broadwell clock for clock that’s highly disappointing to say the least even broadwell saw a 10% on avg increase in performance over haswell which is based on the haswell arch!