CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6700HQ vs 3230M among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

8.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 6700HQ 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 6700HQ  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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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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Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly better 3DMark06 CPU score 66 vs 40.5 Around 65% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 241.28 fps vs 117.15 fps More than 2x better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Jan, 2013 Release date over 2 years 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 PassMark (Single core) score 1,802 vs 1,583 Around 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 11,926 vs 5,290 More than 2.2x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
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Much higher GPU clock speed 650 MHz vs 350 MHz More than 85% higher GPU clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 1.93 pt/$ vs 0.52 pt/$ Around 3.8x better performance per dollar
Much better performance per watt 12.42 pt/W vs 4.39 pt/W More than 2.8x better performance per watt
Better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 6700HQ vs i5 3230M

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700HQ
27.33 mHash/s
Core i5 3230M
6.29 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700HQ
241.28 fps
Core i5 3230M
117.15 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 3230M
0.97 fps

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
Core i5 3230M
2,110,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 6700HQ  vs
i5 3230M 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Quad core Dual core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No 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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 32,768 MB

details

Core i7 6700HQ  vs
i5 3230M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,100 MHz

power consumption

TDP 45W 35W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 4.39 pt/W 12.42 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 28.44W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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