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Front view of Intel Core i7 6700HQ

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Intel Core i7 6700HQ

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Much better 3DMark06 CPU score 66 vs 59.6 More than 10% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 68.25W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 226.21 fps vs 206.04 fps Around 10% better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Better PassMark score 8,134 vs 6,664 More than 20% better PassMark score
Much lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 20.24 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 73.58 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jul, 2015 vs May, 2014 Release date over 1 years later
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Intel Core i5 4460

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Much better performance per dollar 4.26 pt/$ vs 0.62 pt/$ Around 7x better performance per dollar
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better performance per watt 9.64 pt/W vs 5.19 pt/W More than 85% better performance per watt
Better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Slightly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,946 vs 1,802 Around 10% better PassMark (Single core) score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 6700HQ vs i5 4460

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700HQ
27.32 mHash/s
Core i5 4460
8.3 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 6700HQ
21.48 mPixels/s
Core i5 4460
15.21 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700HQ
1.48 fps
Core i5 4460
1.01 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 4460
4,300,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 6700HQ  vs
i5 4460 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
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
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s

details

Core i7 6700HQ  vs
i5 4460 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 6 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 4600
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,100 MHz

power consumption

TDP 45W 84W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 20.24 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 73.58 $/year
Performance per watt 5.19 pt/W 9.64 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 68.25W
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