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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Skylake-Y Skylake-H
MoBo Socket BGA 1515 BGA 1356
Notebook CPU yes yes
Release Date 01 Sep 2015 01 Sep 2015
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Cores 2 2
CPU Threads 4 4
Clock Speed 1.1 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo Frequency 2.8GHz 3 GHz
Max TDP 5 W 15 W
Lithography 14 nm 14 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit 64 Bit
Max Temperature 100°C 100°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 128 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache Size 512 KB 512 KB
L3 Cache Size 4 MB 3 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 16 GB 32 GB
Memory Channels 2 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review Core M5-6Y57 is an Ultra Low Voltage, Mobile Processor, based on the 14nm Skylake MicroArchitecture. It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), Initially Clocked at 1.1GHz that go up to 2.8GHz, in Turbo Mode and 4MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated. The Processor Integrates Mildly Powerful Graphics called Intel HD M5-6Y57, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 900MHz, 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 4.5W. It offers average performance. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications. Core i5-6300U 4-Core 2.4GHz is a Super Energy Efficient, Performance Mobile Processor, based on the 14nm Skylake MicroArchitecture. It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 2.4GHz, which may go up to 3.0GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated. The Processor Integrates Powerful Graphics called Intel HD i5 6300U, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 300MHz and that go up to 1000MHz, 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 15W. It is a powerful processor whose performance is good. It's thus capable of running most applications smoothly without any problem.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz is massively better than the Intel Core M5-6Y57 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 M5-6Y57 and the Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

{ The Core M5-6Y57 and the Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, theCore M5-6Y57 and the Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

Both the Intel Core M5-6Y57 and the Intel Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Core M5-6Y57 and the Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz use hyperthreading. The Core M5-6Y57 has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz 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 M5-6Y57 and Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz has a 1.3 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the is superior.

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 M5-6Y57 and the Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Core M5-6Y57</span> has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz</span>.

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.