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Intel Core i7 6700HQ

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 6700HQ

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 6700HQ

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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 2.6 GHz vs 2.2 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 77.19W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 2 MB 3x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,802 vs 737 Around 2.5x better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly better PassMark score 8,134 vs 1,930 Around 4.2x better PassMark score
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Aug, 2008 Release date over 6 years later
Significantly better performance per watt 5.19 pt/W vs 0.99 pt/W Around 5.2x better performance per watt
Significantly more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0.67 MB/core More than 2.2x more l3 cache per core
More threads 8 vs 3 5 more threads
More cores 4 vs 3 1 more cores; run more applications at once
Much lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 2.1x lower annual commercial energy cost
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AMD Phenom X3 8550

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly more l2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 2.8x more l2 cache per core
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.7 GHz vs 3.51 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.7 GHz vs 3.5 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 6700HQ vs Phenom X3 8550

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 6700HQ
4,040 MB/s
Phenom X3 8550
85,100 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 6700HQ  vs
Phenom X3 8550 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Tri core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i7 6700HQ  vs
Phenom X3 8550 
Threads 8 3
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 2 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0.67 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.51 GHz 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.51 GHz 3.7 GHz

power consumption

TDP 45W 95W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 5.19 pt/W 0.99 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 77.19W
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