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Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

Measurements Disclosure

Measuring New Intel® Core™ Processors at Launch

Intel is a component supplier – our customers use Intel processors to make amazing computer products for consumers. When we announce our newest processors, we don’t know yet how our customers will use them. However, the products have been in development for several years, and we have been testing them throughout the development process, so we have a good idea of what you can expect from them on some of the most common tasks for which PCs are used. But since we cannot test them before launch by purchasing and testing actual consumer products, we estimate or simulate performance using an Intel Reference Platform (an internal example new system), or by using architecture simulation or modeling.

Intel’s Best Processor Ever/Intel’s Best Processor Yet

Compared to previous generations of Intel processors, the latest Intel Core processors offer superior performance, significant improvement in graphics performance, longer battery life, and more computing 'horsepower’ at a given wattage, in a variety of devices with screens 4" to 34".  Starting from Intel’s 6th generation, the latest Intel Core processors offer additional hardware capability for new features of modern operating systems, such as biometric login and photographic computation. These latest Intel Core processors have been optimized for performance on Windows® 10.

Explaining the Features and Benefits in New Processors

New video (4k) capability:  Intel’s 6th and 7th Generation Core processors (and 5th generation products with certain graphics skus) can now run video with resolution up to 4096x2304 @24Hz.

Hardware/Software Interaction: Hardware generally works faster than software because software has to ‘run.’ The downside to that: hardware doesn’t change as easily, so the tasks need to be well defined. Microprocessors in PCs powered by Intel’s latest generation technology can handle many more tasks now than they used to. In fact, they can even get a little ahead of the software, so for some new features, we may have to wait until the operating system allows the hardware to take over that task. That’s why some of the newest features are ‘coming soon.’

Instant Wake (resume from sleep): On the desktop side, the processor (hardware) had handled ‘resume from sleep’ and has been ‘always on, always available’ for a couple generations already (new in 4th generation). On mobile, where we have to worry about battery degradation, resume from sleep was more complicated and was handled by the operating system (software). Now we are building processors that can wake the system from sleep in less than half a second, as just part of the system specification. The PC manufacturer may need to add some other circuitry on the mother board for this feature to fully perform (i.e. device manufacturer implementation may vary). Instant Wake is an example of hardware/software interaction, therefore a system may not wake in an instant, with an older operating system, which retains control of the ‘resume from sleep’ function.

SYSTEM TESTING: BATTERY LIFE


Testing Done: all testing was done internally, in Intel’s labs.

Intel Reference Platform:
As described above, we test products before launch on an ‘Intel Reference Platform.’  It’s intended to be similar to, although not exactly the same, as the products we expect our customers will create with our components. The performance of Intel processors on the Intel Reference Platform may be different from actual shipping systems (once available).

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Comparison Testing:
We typically compare battery life on the Intel Reference Platform to battery life on a 5 year old laptop, as many people today are using laptops five years old and even older. If we do not have 5 year old systems in our labs anymore, we go to eBay* (or similar marketplace available to an average consumer) and purchase some 5 year old systems. When we do this, we choose products that were on the high end at the time they were released, and which were built with Intel processors which we made and shipped in high volume.

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What You Need to Know about Battery Life
Battery life may vary substantially by use, system configurations, and settings. Among other things, battery life depends on the size and age of your battery, what your power settings are, how bright your screen is, what applications you are running, and whether you are using wireless or Bluetooth functions while mobile. Battery life also depends on system design, including the memory, processor, and operating system installed on your computer, and how your use your computer (e.g., playing a game or watching a video online consumes more power than word processing).

In addition, actual battery life may not match the theoretical battery life reported by a benchmark for other reasons as well. Benchmark testing is normally done on new computers with fully charged, properly conditioned batteries, yet batteries lose capacity over time and after repeated use. Moreover, users may not fully recharge or properly condition their batteries.

No single numerical measurement can completely describe the performance of a complex device like a microprocessor or a personal computer, but battery life tests can be useful tools for comparing components and systems. Nevertheless, the only totally accurate way to measure the battery life of your computer system is to test the actual software applications that you use on your own system. The battery life test results published by Intel may be inapplicable to your component or system.

Benchmarks and other performance tests are only one kind of information that you may use during the purchasing process. To get a full picture of the performance of a component or system you are considering, you should consult other sources of information (such as battery life information on the exact system you are considering purchasing). If you have any questions about the performance of any Intel microprocessor, please view the detailed performance briefs and reports published by Intel.

The CPU (the Intel processor) is not the primary consumer of battery power in a laptop. Lighting the screen uses the most power, and depends on the brightness setting of the screen. A hard disk drive uses more battery power than a solid-state drive (SSD). The latest Intel processors manage the overall system to conserve power, and therefore preserve battery life. For example, with Intel 6th generation processor technology, if the system is running an HD video, the processor will automatically lower the power usage of anything else within the system that is not in use at that time.

About 5 year old systems and their batteries: Assuming that most people generally do not bother with the expense and difficulty of replacing the laptop battery, we do not replace the batteries with brand-new batteries. However we do test the batteries to ensure they hold charge normally and do not appear defective. Further, we do additional calculations, based on the power draw of the system and the original battery capacity (when the battery was new), to make sure the measurements make sense.

PERFORMANCE TESTING

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Device

Claim

Processor

Systems Measured

Measured By

Desktop

Up to 60% better performance than a 5 year old PC.

6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor

6th generation: Intel Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i5-6500 PL1=65W TDP, 4C4T, Turbo up to 3.6GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: 1TB hard drive, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

5 year old: Intel Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i5-650 PL1=73W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.46 GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR3-1333, Storage: 1TB hard drive, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

As measured by SYSmark* 2014, a benchmark from the BAPCo* consortium that measures the performance of Windows* platforms on real-world applications. Learn more at: bapco.com

Laptop

Up to 30x better HD graphics than a 5-year-old PC.

6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor

Intel Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i5-6200U, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.4GHz/3.2GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel® SSD, Display Resolution: 1920x1080. Battery: 46 WHr. Graphics driver: 15.40.4225

 

5 year old: Intel® Core™ i5-520UM Processor (1.06GHz up to 1.86GHz, 2C4T, 3MB) measured on Acer* Aspire 1830T, Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz, Storage: 500GB hard drive, Display: 11” 1366x768 resolution, Battery: 63WHr, OS: Windows* 7

As measured by graphics subtest of 3DMark* Cloud Gate, a benchmark from Futuremark* that measures DX10 gaming performance. Learn more at: Futuremark.com

2-in-1

Up to 2.5x better productivity performance than a 5 year old PC.

6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor

Intel Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i5-6200U, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.4GHz/3.2GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution: 1920x1080. Battery: 46 WHr, Graphics driver: 15.40.4225

 

5 year old: Intel® Core™ i5-520UM Processor (1.06GHz up to 1.86GHz, 2C4T, 3MB) measured on Acer* Aspire 1830T, Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz, Storage: 500GB hard drive, Display: 11” 1366x768 resolution, Battery: 63WHr, OS: Windows* 7

As measured by SYSmark* 2014, a benchmark from the BAPCo* consortium that measures the performance of Windows* platforms on real-world applications. Learn more at: bapco.com

Laptop

Up to 2.7x better web application responsiveness than a 5 year old PC.

6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor

Intel Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i5-6200U, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.4GHz/3.2GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution: 1920x1080. Battery: 46 WHr. Graphics driver: 15.40.4225

 

5 year old: Intel® Core™ i5-520UM Processor (1.06GHz up to 1.86GHz, 2C4T, 3MB) measured on Acer Aspire 1830T, Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz, Storage: 500GB hard drive, Display: 11” 1366x768 resolution, Battery: 63WHr, OS: Windows 7

As measured by WebXPRT*2015, a benchmark from Principled Technologies that measures the performance of web applications. Learn more at: principledtechnologies.com

Desktop

Up to 13x better HD graphics than a 5 year old PC.

6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor

6th generation: Intel Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i5-6500 PL1=65W TDP, 4C4T, Turbo up to 3.6GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: 1TB hard drive, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

5 year old: Intel Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i5-650 PL1=73W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.46 GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR3-1333, Storage: 1TB hard drive, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

As measured by graphics subtest of 3DMark Cloud Gate, a benchmark from Futuremark* that measures DX10 gaming performance. Learn more at Futuremark.com

Desktop

Up to 1.6x better performance

Intel® Core™ i5-6500 processor

Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ i5-6500 PL1=65W TDP, 4C4T, Turbo up to 3.6GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: 1TB, Seagate* Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

Vs.

Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ i5-650 PL1=73W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.46 GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR3-1333, Storage: 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

Based on SYSmark* 2014 Overall Score

Desktop

Up to 2x better photo editing performance than Intel® Core™ i5-650 processor

6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor

Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ i5-6500 PL1=65W TDP, 4C4T, Turbo up to 3.6GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

Vs.

Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ i5-650 PL1=73W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.46 GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR3-1333, Storage: 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

Based on WebXPRT* 2015 Photo Enhancement

Desktop

Up to 3.9x faster 4K video transcoding than Intel® Core™ i5-650 processor

6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor

 

Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ i5-6500 PL1=65W TDP, 4C4T, Turbo up to 3.6GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

Vs.

Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ i5-650 PL1=73W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.46 GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR3-1333, Storage: 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

Based on Cyberlink* Media Espresso 7 UHD

2-in-1

Up to 40% better graphics (when compared to previous generations)

Intel® Core™ M processors

Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ M7-6Y75, PL1=4.5W TDP 1 PL1=4.5W TDP, 2C/4T, Turbo up to 3. 1GHz/2.9GHz, Memory: 2 x 2 GB LPDDR3-1600, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution: 1920x1080.

Vs.

Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ M-5Y71, PL1=4.5W TDP, 2C/4T, Turbo up to 2.9 GHz/2. 6GHz, Memory: 2 x 2 GB LPDDR3-1600, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution: 1920x1080.

Based on 3DMark Sky Diver* overall

2-in-1

Up to 10 hours of battery life

Intel® Core™ M processors

Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ M7-6Y75, PL1=4.5W TDP 1 PL1=4.5W TDP, 2C/4T, Turbo up to 3. 1GHz/2.9GHz, Memory: 2 x 2 GB LPDDR3-1600, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution: 1920x1080.

Based on projection for local 1080p video playback with 38 WHr battery

Desktop

Up to 50% better 3d rendering than a 4-year old Intel® Core™ i7-2700K processor

6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor

New desktop: Intel CRB, Intel Core i7-6700K Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

Vs.

4 year old desktop: Intel CRB, Intel Core i7-2700K Memory: 2x4GB DDR3-1333, Storage: 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200

As measured by the following tests: 3D Rendering Performance: Cinebench* R15 xCPU. CPU Performance: SYSMark* 2014.

Desktop

Up to 39% better CPU performance than a 4-year old Intel® Core™ i7-2700K processor

6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor

New desktop: Intel CRB, Intel Core i7-6700K Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200.

Vs.

4 year old desktop: Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ i7-2700K Memory: 2x4GB DDR3-1333, Storage: 1TB, Seagate Barracuda 7200, Display Resolution: 1920x1200

As measured by the following tests: 3D Rendering Performance: Cinebench* R15 xCPU. CPU Performance: SYSMark* 2014.

Benchmarks Disclosure

There is no single measure of the performance of a computer system or its constituent parts. Benchmarks and performance tests (“benchmarks”) measure different aspects of the overall performance of computer systems and components. For example, some benchmarks measure system performance on specific tasks using commercially available software applications, such as editing a photo or video; other benchmarks use software programs created specifically to measure the performance of a system or its components. Benchmarks reflect many judgments about system configurations, workloads, and measurement methodology as to which reasonable benchmark developers may make different judgments, which may affect the results. Importantly, the actual performance any user may experience may be significantly different than the performance as measured by one or more benchmarks.

Benchmarks fall into two categories. Component benchmarks measure the performance of specific parts of a computer system, such as a microprocessor or hard disk drive. System benchmarks measure the performance of the entire computer system, including all of the components. In both cases, the performance seen in day-to-day usage generally varies from published benchmark performance. This is true for several reasons. First, components must be tested in a complete computer system, and it is not always possible to eliminate the considerable effects that differences in system design and configuration (such as the type of hard drive or amount of memory) have on benchmark results. Second, differences in software applications, operating systems, and compilers (programs used to generate executable software for a given platform) affect performance. Finally, benchmark tests are typically written to simulate the usage of certain types of computer applications, which may or may not be similar to the way that a particular user actually uses the application.

No single numerical measurement can completely describe the performance of a complex device like a microprocessor or a personal computer, but benchmarks can be useful tools for comparing components and systems. Nevertheless, the only totally accurate way to measure the performance of your computer system is to test the actual software applications that you use on your own system. The benchmark results published by Intel may be inapplicable to your component or system.

Benchmarks are only one kind of information that you may use during the purchasing process. To get a full picture of the performance of a component or system you are considering, you should consult other sources of information (such as performance information on the exact system you are considering purchasing). If you have any questions about the performance of any Intel microprocessor, please view the detailed performance briefs and reports published by Intel.

Intel contributes to the development of benchmarks in various ways. Intel is a member of or participant in various benchmarking organizations and consortia such as BAPCo and SPEC, and its employees often serve in various leadership roles. Intel also contributes programming resources, technical support, and/or funding to groups that develop benchmarks.

Intel Reference Platform Details

Intel Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i5-6200U, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.4GHz/3.2GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel® SSD, Display Resolution: 1920x1080. Battery: 46 WHr. Graphics driver: 15.40.4225

Configuration Details for 5 Year Old PC

Intel® Core™ i5-520UM Processor (1.06GHz up to 1.86GHz, 2C4T, 3MB) measured on Acer* Aspire 1830T, Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz, Storage: 500GB hard drive, Display: 11” 1366x768 resolution, Battery: 63WHr, OS: Windows* 7

Battery Life Testing Details

System

Battery Size

Screen Brightness

Battery Life, measured      (video run-down)

Battery Life, calculated

Acer* Aspire

48 WHr

170 (max)

159 min (2.7 hr)

170 min (2.8 hr)

Lenovo* B560

47 WHr

201

151 min (2.5 hr)

173 min (2.9 hr)

HP* Pavilion DV6

55 WHr

182 (max)

149 min (2.5 hr)

158 min (2.6 hr)

Fujitsu* Lifebook T580

62 WHr

195 (max)

161 min (2.7 hr)

182 min (3.0 hr)

Acer Aspire 1830T

60 WHr

164 (max)

214 min (3.5 hr)

218 min (3.6 hr)