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Front view of Intel Core i7 5850EQ

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Higher turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Slightly more l3 cache 6 MB vs 4 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 950 MHz More than 5% better turbo clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.7 GHz vs 2.4 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Apr, 2015 vs Jan, 2015 Release date 3 months later
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Much better performance per watt 46.04 pt/W vs 6.56 pt/W More than 7x better performance per watt
Much better performance per dollar 1.76 pt/$ vs 0.71 pt/$ Around 2.5x better performance per dollar
Much better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score 17.47 mPixels/s vs 16.69 mPixels/s Around 5% better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score
Significantly lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 38.19W 3.1x lower typical power consumption
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.92 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 11.32 $/year 3.1x lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 41.17 $/year 3.1x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 5850EQ vs 5500U

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 5850EQ
16.69 mPixels/s
Core i7 5500U
17.47 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5850EQ
274.23 fps
Core i7 5500U
175.85 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5850EQ
1.54 fps
Core i7 5500U
1.2 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5850EQ
20.65 fps
Core i7 5500U
11.87 fps

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5850EQ  vs
5500U 
Clock speed 2.7 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.4 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 47W 15W
Annual home energy cost 11.32 $/year 3.61 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 41.17 $/year 13.14 $/year
Performance per watt 6.56 pt/W 46.04 pt/W
Typical power consumption 38.19W 12.19W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i7 5850EQ  vs
5500U 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L3 cache 6 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 14 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.7 GHz 2.92 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.7 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.7 GHz 2.92 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 6200 Intel® HD Graphics 5500
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 300 MHz 300 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz 950 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 12,800 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 16,384 MB
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