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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz
Halo: Reach 22% 57%
Cyberpunk 2077 61% 11%
Red Dead Redemption 2 90% 5%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 43% 21%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 41% 22%
Doom Eternal 56% 13%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 106% 14%
Grand Theft Auto VI 158% 43%
FIFA 20 36% 25%
Need For Speed Heat 60% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

Both the Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz. With 4 cores, the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core has 4 more threads than the Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz. Both the Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core has 2.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. That isn't particularly helpful, however, as the Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core provide identical clock rates and thus extremely similar performance.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz has a 17 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core (though they were created with the same size 14 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i5-6267U 2.9GHz and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSkylake-HSkylake-H
MoBo SocketBGA 1356BGA
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Sep 201501 Sep 2015
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads4vs8
Clock Speed2.9 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.3 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Max TDP28 Wvs45 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIris i5 6267UHD i7 6920HQ
Base GPU Frequency300 MHzvs350 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1050 MHzvs1050 MHz
DirectX12.0vs12.0
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i5-6267U 2.9GHz is an Energy Efficient, Performance Mobile Processor, based on the 14nm Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.9GHz, which may go up to 3.3GHz and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated.

The Processor Integrates Very Powerful Graphics called Intel Iris i5 6267U, with 48 Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L Caches and System RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 28W.

It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.
Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz is a High-End Mobile Processor based on the 14nm, Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.9GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates Powerful Graphics called Intel HD i7 6920HQ, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 45W.

Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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