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

► remove Intel 8250U

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 (compare)1900 - 4200 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-8550U (compare)1800 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U (compare)1700 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8250U1600 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i3-8130U2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4417U (compare)2300 MHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Core i7-8650U (compare)1900 - 4200 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-8550U (compare)1800 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U (compare)1700 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i5-8250U1600 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8130U2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4417U (compare)2300 MHz2 / 42 MB
2200 - 3400 MHz1600 - 3400 MHz
256 KB256 KB
1 MB1 MB
4 MB6 MB
2 / 44 / 8
15 15
14 14
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 8130U
$297 U.S.

Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
348 Points (68%)
351 Points (68%)
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
774 Points (11%)
1117 Points (16%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 320     avg: 333.3     median: 338 (8%)     max: 342 Points
min: 320     avg: 567.8     median: 555 (13%)     max: 730 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 138     avg: 139     median: 139 (64%)     max: 140 Points
min: 81     avg: 141.2     median: 144 (66%)     max: 147 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
3.8 Points (9%)
min: 3     avg: 6     median: 5 (11%)     max: 7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.6 Points (82%)
min: 0     avg: 1.6     median: 1 (50%)     max: 1 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5419     avg: 5447.5     median: 5447 (56%)     max: 5476 Points
min: 5349     avg: 5631.1     median: 5533 (57%)     max: 8356 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 12142     avg: 12157     median: 12157 (19%)     max: 12172 Points
min: 14148     avg: 18261.1     median: 17987 (28%)     max: 22097 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 11245     avg: 23585.1     median: 23873 (31%)     max: 28932 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 5163     avg: 6972.3     median: 7174 (69%)     max: 8153 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
485.5 seconds (6%)
min: 243     avg: 309.7     median: 310 (4%)     max: 402 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
14.3 seconds (3%)
min: 7     avg: 9     median: 8 (2%)     max: 13 seconds
WinRAR - Result
2168 KB/s (25%)
min: 3632     avg: 3991     median: 3991 (47%)     max: 4350 KB/s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 15003     avg: 16204     median: 16204 (16%)     max: 17405 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 3726     avg: 3825.5     median: 3825 (55%)     max: 3925 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
22.2 fps (12%)
min: 29     avg: 32.8     median: 31 (17%)     max: 37 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
116.6 fps (43%)
min: 124     avg: 139.3     median: 137 (51%)     max: 157 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
min: 3     avg: 4.3     median: 4 (13%)     max: 4 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (11%)
0.4 GB/s (19%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.4 GB/s (12%)
0.7 GB/s (22%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
2 GB/s (10%)
min: 2     avg: 3.5     median: 3 (15%)     max: 4 GB/s
Blender 2.79 *
min: 812     avg: 969.3     median: 927 (10%)     max: 1209 Seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU
4720 Points (32%)
min: 4775     avg: 6370.3     median: 6348 (42%)     max: 7575 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
11.1 Seconds (2%)
min: 10     avg: 11.7     median: 11 (2%)     max: 15 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
26.2 Seconds (1%)
min: 24     avg: 26.3     median: 25 (1%)     max: 34 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
661.2 Seconds (3%)
min: 601     avg: 630.8     median: 612 (3%)     max: 782 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: 4183.3     median: 4126 (21%)     max: 4349 points
min: 3233     avg: 6336.3     median: 6276 (32%)     max: 8014 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 24077     avg: 44593.1     median: 45968 (30%)     max: 50962 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 24155     avg: 44427.2     median: 45292 (54%)     max: 50910 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 47727     avg: 48885.5     median: 48885 (57%)     max: 50044 Points
min: 34294     avg: 49460.4     median: 50444 (58%)     max: 52066 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3659     avg: 3800.3     median: 3797 (10%)     max: 3945 Points
min: 3002     avg: 5881.4     median: 5774 (15%)     max: 7695 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 5410     avg: 5508.5     median: 5508 (17%)     max: 5607 Points
min: 4495     avg: 8538.3     median: 8453 (26%)     max: 10727 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 (13%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
7557 Points (13%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
7131 Points (16%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 6935     avg: 7168.5     median: 7168 (9%)     max: 7402 Points
min: 10893     avg: 12605.7     median: 12742 (16%)     max: 13553 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3107     avg: 3288     median: 3288 (67%)     max: 3469 Points
min: 3148     avg: 3301.7     median: 3242 (67%)     max: 3503 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
7188 Points (19%)
min: 14363     avg: 14407.5     median: 14407 (38%)     max: 14452 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3283 Points (67%)
min: 3759     avg: 3828.5     median: 3828 (78%)     max: 3898 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
min: 4208     avg: 9944     median: 9944 (3%)     max: 15680 Points
min: 17820     avg: 25572.4     median: 21928 (8%)     max: 47987 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 7123     avg: 8131.5     median: 8131 (27%)     max: 9140 Points
min: 10751     avg: 12210     median: 12131 (40%)     max: 13486 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3796     avg: 4154.5     median: 4154 (69%)     max: 4513 Points
min: 3924     avg: 4075.7     median: 4029 (67%)     max: 4243 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3919     avg: 4000.5     median: 4000 (63%)     max: 4082 Points
min: 3981     avg: 4146.4     median: 4115 (65%)     max: 4330 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 7470     avg: 7890.5     median: 7890 (14%)     max: 8311 Points
min: 11269     avg: 12829.3     median: 12751 (22%)     max: 14228 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1083     avg: 1442.4     median: 1374 (2%)     max: 1937 ms
min: 985     avg: 1228.9     median: 1275 (2%)     max: 1531 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 91     avg: 187     median: 187 (2%)     max: 282 ms
min: 74     avg: 107.9     median: 91 (1%)     max: 265 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 25180     avg: 27861.2     median: 27142 (52%)     max: 31980 Points
min: 22772     avg: 30123.1     median: 29871 (57%)     max: 35817 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 V28,10 Stress Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 8250U +
min: 25     avg: 27.6     median: 27 (6%)     max: 29 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 8250U +
min: 27     avg: 29.1     median: 28 (5%)     max: 30 Watt

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i3-8130U → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-8250U → 125%

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