Intel Core i5-7260U vs Intel Core i5-7440HQ

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 i5-7440HQ

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The Intel Core i5-7440HQ is a quad-core processor for notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in January 2017. Compared to the faster Core i7 models, the Core i5 does not support Hyper Threading and has lower clocks. The CPU cores run at 2.8 - 3.8 GHz (4 cores up to 3.4, 2 cores up to 3.6 GHz). The processor is also equipped with the HD Graphics 630 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

Due to the higher clock speeds, the performance of the i5-7440HQ is clearly faster than the old Core i5-6440HQ with 2.6 - 3.5 GHz. The performance is therefore sufficient even for demanding tasks.

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 has 24 Execution Units (similar to previous HD Graphics 530) running at 350 - 1000 MHz (i7 models up to 1100). 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 45 Watts, but it can also be reduced to 35 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 i5-7440HQ
Intel Core i5Intel Core i5
Kaby LakeKaby Lake
: Core i5 Kaby Lake
Intel Core i5-7440HQ2800 - 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 i5-7300U (compare)2600 - 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 i5-7440HQ2800 - 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 i5-7300U (compare)2600 - 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 MHz2800 - 3800 MHz
128 KB256 KB
512 KB1 MB
4 MB6 MB
2 / 44 / 4
15 45
14 14
100 °C100 °C
BGA1356
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 630 (300 - 1000 MHz)
$304 U.S.$250 U.S.
Intel Core i5 7260U

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
554 Points (13%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
158 Points (72%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
318.9 seconds (4%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
10.2 seconds (2%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
36 fps (1%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
182 fps (67%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.9 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
25.6 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
524 Seconds (2%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
6583 points (34%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
52071 Points (33%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
51726 Points (62%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
5243 Points (13%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
7343 Points (23%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-7440HQ → 100%

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