Benchmarks, turning the tide on laptops
The Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU is nearly the standard you'd expect in a gaming laptop of this size. Its nominal speed of 2.6GHz with a 4-core boost speed of 3.1GHz is generally sufficient for most tasks and is faster than the i7-4702HQ, though not always by much. We test in a multitude of different applications for the CPU performance. We include Cinebench R15, the X264 FHD Benchmark, Google Octane 2.0, Mozilla Kraken, and WinRAR to represent real-world workloads that you might encounter.
First, let's take a look at just how fast the DDR4 RAM actually is, especially when compared to its DDR3L counterpart.
Not a terrible result, and certainly much faster than last generation's DDR3, which can also be found paired with some systems running certain U series Skylake processors. It's fast enough; that's for certain.
Next, we'll take a look at how fast it can render in Cinebench R15, both with a single core and with all cores running. With all cores running, this test should be able to sustain the four-core boost of 3.1GHz, and heat shouldn't be an issue.
The result is precisely what we expect given the 6700HQ inside. Multi-core performance specifically is more than adequate. The next test will see how fast it can encode a movie file into the X264 format using the standardized X264 FHD Benchmark.
The higher the frames-per-second, the faster it's able to encode the video. 22.67fps is fast given that it's using the CPU only. That's much faster (naturally) than the Surface Book, and is not too shabby. Now on to the browser based benchmarks that stress various operations and workloads you'll encounter throughout your day. Octane 2.0 is first, then we'll unleash the Kraken.
Scores of 33,252 and 1019 respectively are respectful, though perhaps we'd expect a bit more performance out of the Karken as it's not terribly far off from the Surface Book's i5-6300U. Definitely fast enough, more than fast enough. WinRAR is up next. Compression and decompression is mathematically intense and done on a more regular basis than you might realize.
Compute is an important part of a lot of workloads, and thus we'll see how well, and fast, it can complete the tasks found in CompuBench, which does represent real workloads you might see in the wild, despite being a synthetic benchmark.
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