Intel Core i3-8130U vs Intel Core i5-8250U

Intel Core i3-8130U

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The Intel Core i3-8130U is a power efficient dual-core SoC for notebooks and Ultrabooks (most likely) based on the Kaby Lake Refresh generation (and not Coffee Lake). It was announced in February 2018. Compared to its direct predecessor, the Core i3-7130U, the 8130U offers Turbo Boost for an increased single thread performance. The GPU is now named Intel UHD Graphics 620 but otherwise identical to the Intel HD Graphics 620. The integrated memory controller supports DDR4-2400 / LPDDR3-2133 and dual channel memory.

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

Clocked at 2.2 to 3.4 GHz, the Core i3-8130U offers a much better single core performance than the Core i3-7130U (2.7 GHz, no Turbo). Therefore, the overall performance should be comparable to the older Core i5-7260U (also 2.2 - 3.4 GHz). The Core i5-8250U offers four processor cores and therefore offers a much better multi-threaded performance.

Graphics

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 (Intel Gen 9.5) is untouched from the 8th Gen Kaby Lake chips. In the Core i3-8130U it is rather low clocked with 1 GHz compared to the 1.1 GHz in Core i7 models. With fast dual-channel memory it can reach the performance of a dedicated GeForce 920M.

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 most likely manufactured in an improved 14nm process with FinFET transistors (14nm+), the same as the 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors. Intel still specifies the TDP with 15 Watts, which is typical for ULV chips. According to Intel it can be configured to 10 Watt at 800 MHz (cTDP-down).

Intel Core i5-8250U

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The Intel Core i5-8250U is a power efficient quad-core SoC for notebooks and Ultrabooks based on the Kaby Lake Refresh generation and was announced in August 2017. Contrary to its direct predecessor the Core i5-7200U, which were still dual-cores, the i7-8250U is equipped with four cores but at a lower base frequency of 1.6 GHz. The Turbo Boost can go up to 3,4 GHz and therefore also offer good short term single core speeds. The GPU is now named Intel UHD Graphics 620 but otherwise identical to the Intel HD Graphics 620. The integrated memory controller supports DDR4-2400 / LPDDR3-2133 and dual channel memory.

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

According to Intel, the new quad core models are up to 40% faster than their dual core predecessors. Due to the reduced TDP and the same 14nm+ process, the long term performance and throttling behavior will be interesting and depending on the laptop design. Therefore, the older 35 Watt quad-core models should be faster in applications that demand longer CPU loads.

Graphics

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 (Intel Gen 9.5) is untouched from the 8th Gen Kaby Lake chips. With fast dual-channel memory it can reach the performance of a dedicated GeForce 920M.

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 (14nm+), the same as the 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors. 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 i3-8130UIntel Core i5-8250U
Intel Kaby Lake RefreshIntel Kaby Lake Refresh
Kaby Lake RefreshKaby Lake Refresh
: Kaby Lake Refresh Kaby Lake Refresh
Intel Core i7-8650U compare1900 - 4200 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-8550U compare1800 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U compare1700 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8250U1600 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i3-8130U2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4417U compare2300 MHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Core i7-8650U compare1900 - 4200 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-8550U compare1800 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U compare1700 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i5-8250U1600 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8130U2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4417U compare2300 MHz2 / 42 MB
2200 - 3400 MHz1600 - 3400 MHz
256 KB256 KB
1 MB1 MB
4 MB6 MB
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BGA1356BGA1356
Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR3 Memory Controller, HyperThreadingDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1000 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1100 MHz)
Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i3-8130U
$297 U.S.

Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
348 Points (64%)
min: 332     avg: 346     median: 351 (65%)     max: 355 Points
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
774 Points (8%)
min: 846     avg: 1096     median: 1117 (11%)     max: 1325 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 320     avg: 333     median: 338 (8%)     max: 342 Points
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min: 320     avg: 571     median: 564 (13%)     max: 730 Points
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 138     avg: 139     median: 139 (62%)     max: 140 Points
min: 81     avg: 141     median: 144 (64%)     max: 147 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
3.8 Points (9%)
min: 3.15     avg: 6     median: 5.9 (14%)     max: 7.76 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.6 Points (64%)
min: 0.91     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (64%)     max: 1.79 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5419     avg: 5448     median: 5447.5 (56%)     max: 5476 Points
min: 5349     avg: 5631     median: 5533 (57%)     max: 8356 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 12142     avg: 12157     median: 12157 (20%)     max: 12172 Points
min: 14148     avg: 18261     median: 17987 (30%)     max: 22097 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 11245     avg: 23585     median: 23873 (28%)     max: 28932 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5163     avg: 6972     median: 7174 (67%)     max: 8153 Points
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m *
485 seconds (6%)
min: 243.336     avg: 309     median: 306.2 (4%)     max: 402.09 seconds
wPrime 2.10 - 32m *
14.3 seconds (3%)
min: 7.394     avg: 8.9     median: 8.1 (2%)     max: 13.753 seconds
WinRAR - Result
2168 KB/s (22%)
min: 3632     avg: 3991     median: 3991 (41%)     max: 4350 KB/s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 11546     avg: 14749     median: 15022 (15%)     max: 17405 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 3653     avg: 3757     median: 3725.5 (25%)     max: 3925 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
22.2 fps (13%)
min: 29.5     avg: 32.8     median: 32 (19%)     max: 37.7 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
117 fps (40%)
min: 124.58     avg: 139     median: 137.5 (47%)     max: 157.6 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
min: 3.02     avg: 4.1     median: 4.3 (15%)     max: 4.78 fps
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TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.336     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.415 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.4 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.58     avg: 0.6     median: 0.7 (1%)     max: 0.714 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
2 GB/s (0%)
min: 2.9     avg: 3.5     median: 3.5 (0%)     max: 4 GB/s
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU *
min: 812.5     avg: 980     median: 927.8 (7%)     max: 1209.2 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean *
min: 0.818     avg: 0.8     median: 0.8 (18%)     max: 0.836 sec
3DMark 06 - CPU - CPU Score
4720 Points (32%)
min: 4775     avg: 6370     median: 6348 (42%)     max: 7575 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - 1M *
11.1 Seconds (2%)
min: 10.9     avg: 11.7     median: 11.1 (2%)     max: 15.77 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - 2M *
26.2 Seconds (1%)
min: 24.9     avg: 26.3     median: 25.2 (1%)     max: 34.28 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - 32M *
661 Seconds (3%)
min: 601     avg: 631     median: 613 (3%)     max: 782.59 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 15198     avg: 20933     median: 21899 (31%)     max: 24736 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 4075     avg: 4183     median: 4126 (19%)     max: 4349 points
min: 3233     avg: 6318     median: 6272 (28%)     max: 8014 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 24077     avg: 44593     median: 45968.5 (30%)     max: 50962 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 24155     avg: 44127     median: 45251 (54%)     max: 50910 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 47727     avg: 48886     median: 48885.5 (57%)     max: 50044 Points
min: 34294     avg: 49460     median: 50444 (58%)     max: 52066 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3659     avg: 3800     median: 3797 (10%)     max: 3945 Points
min: 3002     avg: 5862     median: 5756.5 (15%)     max: 7695 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 5410     avg: 5509     median: 5508.5 (17%)     max: 5607 Points
min: 4495     avg: 8509     median: 8420 (26%)     max: 10727 Points
3DMark - Time Spy CPU 2560x1440
min: 1956     avg: 2709     median: 2663 (19%)     max: 3723 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
6153 Points (50%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
6309 Points (57%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
7456 Points (15%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
7557 Points (15%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
7131 Points (19%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 6935     avg: 7169     median: 7168.5 (13%)     max: 7402 Points
min: 10893     avg: 12606     median: 12742 (23%)     max: 13553 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3107     avg: 3288     median: 3288 (68%)     max: 3469 Points
min: 3148     avg: 3302     median: 3242 (67%)     max: 3503 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
7188 Points (11%)
min: 14363     avg: 14408     median: 14407.5 (23%)     max: 14452 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3283 Points (67%)
min: 3759     avg: 3829     median: 3828.5 (78%)     max: 3898 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3796     avg: 4155     median: 4154.5 (66%)     max: 4513 Points
min: 3924     avg: 4076     median: 4029 (64%)     max: 4243 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 7123     avg: 8132     median: 8131.5 (20%)     max: 9140 Points
min: 10751     avg: 12210     median: 12131 (30%)     max: 13486 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3919     avg: 4001     median: 4000.5 (63%)     max: 4082 Points
min: 3981     avg: 4144     median: 4105 (65%)     max: 4330 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 7470     avg: 7891     median: 7890.5 (14%)     max: 8311 Points
min: 11269     avg: 12797     median: 12712.5 (22%)     max: 14228 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
931 Points (65%)
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
3105 Points (19%)
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 900     avg: 918     median: 918 (63%)     max: 936 Points
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2265     avg: 2693     median: 2692.5 (22%)     max: 3120 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1083.5     avg: 1442     median: 1374.5 (2%)     max: 1937.2 ms
min: 985.9     avg: 1224     median: 1260.4 (2%)     max: 1531.9 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 91.3     avg: 187     median: 187 (2%)     max: 282.7 ms
min: 74.8     avg: 108     median: 91 (1%)     max: 265.6 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 25180     avg: 27861     median: 27142.5 (52%)     max: 31980 Points
min: 22772     avg: 30123     median: 29871 (57%)     max: 35817 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
min: 25.9     avg: 27.6     median: 27.5 (7%)     max: 29.3 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
min: 27.7     avg: 29.1     median: 28.9 (8%)     max: 30.8 Watt

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i3-8130U → 100% n=35

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-8250U → 132% n=35

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