Intel Core i5-7260U vs Intel Core i5-7300U

Intel Core i5-7260U

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The Intel Core i5-7260U is a fast dual-core SoC for notebooks and Ultrabooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. The CPU has two processor cores clocked at 2.2-3.4 GHz (two cores also up to 3.4 GHz). The processor can execute up to four threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper Threading. It is also equipped with an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 GPU with 64 MB eDRAM, a dual-channel memory controller (DDR4) as well as VP9 and H.265 video decoding as well as encoding. The chip is still manufactured in a 14nm process with FinFET transistors.

Compared to the Core i7-7360U, the i5-7260 does have lower CPU (-200 MHz Turbo, -100 MHz Base) and GPU (-50 MHz) clocks.

Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.

Performance

At 2.2-3.4 GHz, the Core i5-7260U has much lower clocks compared to the old Core i5-6267U (2.9-3.3 GHz), but has slightly higher Turbo clocks. Similar to the 6267U, the i6-7260U can also use the 64 MB eDRAM, which should increase the performance in some scenarios.

Graphics

The integrated Intel Iris Plus 640 Graphics is the GT3e model of the Kaby Lake GPU (Intel Gen. 9.5). It has 48 Execution Units running at 300-950 MHz (i7 models up to 1050 MHz) and the performance is comparable to a GeForce 920MX thanks to fast eDRAM cache. However, there aren't any significant improvements compared to the old Iris Pro 540, so modern games can often not be played smoothly or only at the lowest or medium settings, respectively.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby lake now also supports H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec. The dual-core Kaby Lake processors announced in January should also support HDCP 2.2.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in an improved 14nm process with FinFET transistors, which improves the efficiency even further. Intel still specifies the TDP with 15 Watts, which is typical for ULV chips. Depending on the usage scenario, the TDP can vary between 7.5 (cTDP Down) and 25 Watts.

Intel Core i5-7300U

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The Intel Core i5-7300U is a fast dual-core processor for notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. It integrates 2 CPU cores with Hyper-Threading support clocked at 2.6 - 3.5 GHz (2 core Turbo also 3.5 GHz). Besides two cores, the processor is also equipped with the HD Graphics 620 GPU as well as a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2400). It is manufactured in a 14nm process with FinFET transistors.

Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.

Performance

With 2.5 to 3.5 GHz, the Core i5-7300U clocks significantly higher than the old Core i5-7200U (2.5 - 3.1) and Core i5-6200U (2.3 - 2.8 GHz). Thanks to the fast Turbo frequency, the performance should be slightly below to the Core i7-7500U (2.7 - 3.5 GHz, but 4 MB L3 cache). Therfore, the performance is sufficient for demanding tasks.

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 has 24 Execution Units (similar to previous HD Graphics 520) running at 300 - 1100 MHz. The performance depends a lot on the memory configuration; it should be comparable to a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 920M in combination with fast DDR4-2133 dual-channel memory.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake now supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec. The dual-core Kaby Lake processors, which were announced in January, should also support HDCP 2.2.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in an improved 14nm process with FinFET transistors, which improves the efficiency even further. Intel still specifies the TDP with 15 Watts, but it can also be reduced to 7.5 Watts by the notebook manufacturers (cTDP down). This will obviously affect the performance, because the Turbo Boost cannot be maintained for longer periods.

Intel Core i5-7260UIntel Core i5-7300U
Intel Core i5Intel Core i5
Kaby LakeKaby Lake
: Core i5 Kaby Lake
Intel Core i5-7440HQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7287U (compare)3300 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7360U (compare)2300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7267U (compare)3100 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7300U2600 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i5-7260U2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7200U (compare)2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y57 (compare)1200 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y54 (compare)1200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7440HQ (compare)2800 - 3800 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (compare)2500 - 3500 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7287U (compare)3300 - 3700 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7360U (compare)2300 - 3600 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7267U (compare)3100 - 3500 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i5-7300U2600 - 3500 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-7260U2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7200U (compare)2500 - 3100 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y57 (compare)1200 - 3300 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y54 (compare)1200 - 3200 MHz2 / 44 MB
2200 - 3400 MHz2600 - 3500 MHz
128 KB128 KB
512 KB512 KB
4 MB3 MB
2 / 42 / 4
15 15
14 14
100 °C100 °C
BGA1356BGA1356
Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (300 - 950 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 620 (300 - 1100 MHz)
$304 U.S.$281 U.S.
Intel Core i5 7260U

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 328     avg: 342.4     median: 340 (8%)     max: 369 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 125     avg: 140     median: 142 (65%)     max: 145 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 3     avg: 3.9     median: 3 (7%)     max: 4 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.6 Points (81%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5524     avg: 5529     median: 5529 (60%)     max: 5534 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 12072     avg: 12298     median: 12298 (19%)     max: 12524 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
14213 Points (19%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7185 Points (69%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 446     avg: 467.7     median: 467 (6%)     max: 488 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 13     avg: 14.6     median: 14 (3%)     max: 15 seconds
WinRAR - Result
2696 KB/s (32%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
24 fps (1%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
128.2 fps (47%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (11%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.4 GB/s (12%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
2.1 GB/s (11%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4126     avg: 4491.5     median: 4491 (30%)     max: 4857 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 11     avg: 12     median: 12 (3%)     max: 13 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
25 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 560     avg: 563.9     median: 563 (3%)     max: 567 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
10915 Points (15%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3873     avg: 4392.6     median: 4364 (22%)     max: 4823 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 40272     avg: 43335.3     median: 44182 (28%)     max: 45552 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 36277     avg: 40888.5     median: 40888 (49%)     max: 45500 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 47197     avg: 47678     median: 47678 (55%)     max: 48159 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2870     avg: 3519.9     median: 3396 (9%)     max: 4053 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 4062     avg: 5085.7     median: 4947 (15%)     max: 5757 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
7603 Points (9%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
3487 Points (72%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
21218 Points (7%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
7915 Points (26%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4096 Points (68%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4219 Points (67%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
8266 Points (14%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1044     avg: 1118.5     median: 1075 (2%)     max: 1278 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 32474     avg: 34054.5     median: 33734 (64%)     max: 36276 Points

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)