Intel Core i7-6870HQ Review

High-end Laptop processor released in 2016 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 2.7GHz, max speed at 3.6GHz, and a 45W power rating. Core i7-6870HQ is based on the Skylake-M 14nm family and part of the Core i7 series.
Price 30.2%
Speed 64%
Productivity 61%
Gaming 84%
Category Laptop
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility 1440
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2016 Model
Price 434 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 8 Threads
Core Frequency 2.7 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.6 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.6 GHz
Power Consumption 45 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 8 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 30.2 %
Speed Score 64 %
Productivity Score 61 %
Gaming Score 84 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 40.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 20.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 10.2 %
Overall Score 33/100

The Core i7-6870HQ is one of Intel's high-end Laptop processors. It was released in 2016 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 2.7GHz, max speed at 3.6GHz, and a 45W power rating. The Core i7-6870HQ is based on the Skylake-M 14nm family and is part of the Core i7 series.

Core i7-6870HQ is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i7-5850HQ processor that was based on the Broadwell and 14nm process and was released in 2015.

We covered the deep dive details of the Skylake-M chip design in our Intel Core i7-6920HQ and Core i7-6820HK review, so head there for more information on the Core i7-6870HQ's architecture, which is identical to the Core i7-6820HK.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i7-6870HQ is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i7-6870HQ.

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Core i7-5850HQ, this generation doesn't offer the biggest boost in performance. You might want to wait another year or so before dropping a few hundred bucks, or even opt to splurge on a higher-end but pricier chip.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i7-6870HQ processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i7-6870HQ up for $434 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i7-6870HQ retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 45W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i7-6870HQ

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i7-6870HQ.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 8.2 182.8 FPS
181.3 FPS
121.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 4.4 159.3 FPS
158 FPS
106.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.1 121.8 FPS
120.9 FPS
81.2 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 22.3 111.9 FPS
114.6 FPS
77.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 11.9 108.9 FPS
111.6 FPS
75.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 7.1 98.8 FPS
100.2 FPS
67.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 31.7 94.7 FPS
97.1 FPS
67 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 7.5 93.4 FPS
93.8 FPS
62.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 8.7 87.6 FPS
89.4 FPS
60.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 5.7 87 FPS
86.3 FPS
58 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 14 85.9 FPS
86.3 FPS
59.4 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 8.1 85.9 FPS
85.7 FPS
56.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 4.8 83.6 FPS
83.4 FPS
55.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 6 82.5 FPS
80.7 FPS
54.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 5.1 78.1 FPS
75.1 FPS
50.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 4.6 76.6 FPS
76.5 FPS
50.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 6.7 74.4 FPS
73.1 FPS
48.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 4.8 73.5 FPS
69.1 FPS
45.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 3.9 72.3 FPS
71.6 FPS
47.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 21.5 69.7 FPS
67.6 FPS
47.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 7.2 69.5 FPS
69.4 FPS
45.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 5.9 68.9 FPS
67.7 FPS
44.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 14.9 67 FPS
65.1 FPS
43 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 4.3 65.6 FPS
64.5 FPS
42.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 6.1 65.2 FPS
64.9 FPS
42.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 6.3 63.5 FPS
61.8 FPS
40.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 3.7 61.8 FPS
60.8 FPS
40.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 11.1 58.3 FPS
57 FPS
37.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 3.8 58.2 FPS
57.2 FPS
37.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 5.1 55.2 FPS
52.7 FPS
34 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 12.2 53 FPS
54.2 FPS
36.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 3.2 50.7 FPS
49.7 FPS
32.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 4 50.2 FPS
47.9 FPS
30.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 11 50 FPS
48.4 FPS
32.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 4.7 49 FPS
46.7 FPS
29.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 13.5 48.2 FPS
48.4 FPS
32.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 21.4 46.7 FPS
44.8 FPS
31 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 12.1 45.5 FPS
45.6 FPS
30.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 5.6 45.4 FPS
43.7 FPS
28.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 3.8 45 FPS
43 FPS
27.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 9.8 43.8 FPS
43.7 FPS
29.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 3.9 43.1 FPS
41.5 FPS
27.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 7.8 42.4 FPS
40.4 FPS
27.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 9.7 41.2 FPS
40.7 FPS
27.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 8 40.9 FPS
39.9 FPS
25.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 4.2 40.4 FPS
39.4 FPS
25.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 3.9 38.6 FPS
37.6 FPS
24.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 5 36 FPS
35.3 FPS
23.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 7.6 30.3 FPS
29.4 FPS
19.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 9.2 27.2 FPS
26.5 FPS
16.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 7.4 27 FPS
26.2 FPS
16.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 6.4 26.6 FPS
25.9 FPS
17.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 10.6 26.4 FPS
25.9 FPS
16.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 7.7 26 FPS
25.1 FPS
16.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 7.4 22.7 FPS
21.9 FPS
14.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 4.7 21 FPS
20 FPS
13 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 7.7 20.6 FPS
19.6 FPS
13.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 7.4 20.2 FPS
18.4 FPS
12.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 7.5 20 FPS
17.8 FPS
12.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 7.6 18.5 FPS
17.7 FPS
11.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 8.3 17.9 FPS
15.2 FPS
10.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 5.4 14.6 FPS
14.1 FPS
9.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 5.6 14 FPS
13.4 FPS
8.4 FPS
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