Intel Core i7-6700HQ vs Intel Core i7-5950HQ

Compare Intel 6th Generation Core i7 4 core CPU vs Intel 5th Generation Core i7 4 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

31 %
39 %
25% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

48 %
54 %
12% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

26 %
34 %
30% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

25 %
33 %
32% slightly better heavy workload score

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Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

4
Identical
4

Threads

Number of logical processing units

8
Identical
8

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
3 GHz
11% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz
8% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

45 W
4% slightly lower TDP
47 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

16
Identical
16

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

64 GiB
100% significantly more supported memory
32 GiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

581st of 1,326
453rd of 1,326

Family

The product line

6th Generation Core i7
5th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2015
May 2015

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4-2133
DDR3-1600

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

-
No

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
No

Core i7-6700HQ vs Core i7-5950HQ comparison

In our benchmarks, the Core i7-5950HQ beats the Core i7-6700HQ in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-6700HQ in all gaming tests too.

When comparing these CPUs we notice that they have the same number of cores and the same number of threads.

Our database shows that the Core i7-5950HQ has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i7-6700HQ. Also, the Core i7-5950HQ has a slightly higher turbo speed.

A Core i7-6700HQ CPU outputs less heat than a Core i7-5950HQ CPU because of its slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Core i7-5950HQ over the Core i7-6700HQ.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the Core i7-6700HQ and the Core i7-5950HQ, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i7-6700HQ has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.

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