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Intel Core i5-8210Y vs Intel Core i5-8250U vs Intel Core i5-8350U

Intel Core i5-8210Y

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The Intel Core i5-8210Y is a very efficient dual-core SoC for (passively) cooled notebooks based on the Amber Lake generation and was announced on 30th October 2018 with the new MacBook Air. The CPU consists of two processor cores clocked at 1.6 - 3.6 GHz and a TDP of 7 Watt. Thanks to Hyper Threading, the processor can execute up to four threads simultaneously. The chips also includes the Intel HD Graphics 617 GPU, a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L/LPDDR3) as well as VP9 and H.265 video de- and encoder. Compared to the Kaby Lake-Y predecessors (e.g. Core i7-7Y75), Amber Lake uses the same architecture produced in the improved 14nm+ FinFET process (no 14nm++) but offers higher clock speeds at an increased TDP rating. The Core i5-8200Y is very similar when configured to 7 Watt (cTDP up) and offers even higher Turbo clocks, but a slightly slower GPU (-100 MHz).

Architecture

Intel basically used the familiar micro architecture from the Skylake / Kaby Lake generation, so the per-MHz performance is identical.

Performance

The performance of the Y series is highly depending on the cooling solution of the laptop / tablet and the TDP settings for sustained load. Therefore, the differences between a Core m3 and a i7 may be rather slim, if the thermals are very limited. The high Turbo clock speeds in Amber Lake should however lead to a very good single thread performance for short bursts.

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 617 GPU has 24 Execution Units (EUs) like the old HD Graphics 515 and runs with clocks between 300 and 1050 MHz in combination with this processor. The performance heavily depends on the TDP limit as well as the memory configuration; with fast LPDDR3-1866 RAM in dual-channel mode, the GPU should sometimes be able to compete with the HD Graphics 520, but can also be much slower in other scenarios. Modern games from 2016 will, if at all, only run smoothly in the lowest settings.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake and Amber Lake now also supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in the 14 nm+ process with FinFET transistors. The typical TDP for the Amber Lake Y-series is specified at 5 Watts, but the i5-8210Y is specified at 7 Watt (for the MacBook Air).

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 i5-8350U

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The Intel Core i5-8350U 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 i5-7300U, which were still dual-cores, the i7-8350U is equipped with four cores but at a lower base frequency of 1.7 GHz. The Turbo Boost can go up to 3,6 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 behaviour 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.

ModelIntel Core i5-8210YIntel Core i5-8250UIntel Core i5-8350U
SeriesIntel Amber LakeIntel Kaby Lake RefreshIntel Kaby Lake Refresh
CodenameAmber Lake-YKaby Lake RefreshKaby Lake Refresh
Series: Kaby Lake Refresh Kaby Lake Refresh
Intel Core i7-8500Y1.5 - 4.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i5-8210Y1.6 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-8200Y1.3 - 3.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i3-10100Y1.3 - 3.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core m3-8100Y1.1 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y1.1 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-8650U1.9 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-8550U1.8 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U1.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i5-8250U1.6 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8130U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4417U2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Core i7-8650U1.9 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-8550U1.8 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i5-8350U1.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8250U1.6 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8130U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4417U2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
Clock1600 - 3600 MHz1600 - 3400 MHz1700 - 3600 MHz
L1 Cache128 KB256 KB256 KB
L2 Cache512 KB1 MB1 MB
L3 Cache4 MB6 MB6 MB
Cores / Threads2 / 44 / 84 / 8
TDP7 Watt15 Watt15 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
max. Temp.100 °C
SocketBGABGA1356BGA1356
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/LPDDR3-2133 Memory Controller (16 GB max), HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXTDual-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 UHD Graphics 617 (300 - 1050 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1100 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1100 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$281 U.S.$297 U.S.$297 U.S.
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Amber Lake i5-8210Y

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-8210Y
27.9 pt (33%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-8250U
32.9 pt (39%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 3022     avg: 3108     median: 3108 (5%)     max: 3194 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 840     avg: 874     median: 873.5 (43%)     max: 907 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
312 Points (40%)
min: 332     avg: 349.2     median: 353 (45%)     max: 355 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
601 Points (3%)
min: 846     avg: 1148     median: 1171 (5%)     max: 1325 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 254     avg: 269.5     median: 269.5 (3%)     max: 285 Points
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min: 320     avg: 570     median: 562 (6%)     max: 730 Points
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min: 346     avg: 548     median: 569 (6%)     max: 631 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 127     avg: 129.5     median: 129.5 (44%)     max: 132 Points
min: 81     avg: 141.1     median: 143 (49%)     max: 147 Points
min: 128     avg: 146.8     median: 150.5 (52%)     max: 153 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 3.15     avg: 6     median: 5.9 (11%)     max: 7.76 Points
min: 5.48     avg: 6.3     median: 6 (11%)     max: 7.33 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 0.91     avg: 1.6     median: 1.6 (5%)     max: 1.79 Points
min: 1.62     avg: 1.7     median: 1.7 (5%)     max: 1.71 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 5349     avg: 5631     median: 5533 (49%)     max: 8356 Points
min: 5152     avg: 5461     median: 5460.5 (49%)     max: 5769 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 14148     avg: 18261     median: 17987 (25%)     max: 22097 Points
min: 16222     avg: 17931     median: 17931 (24%)     max: 19640 Points
28684 Points (25%)
7593 Points (46%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 243.3     avg: 308.6     median: 306.2 (4%)     max: 402.1 s
min: 305.7     avg: 330.5     median: 330.5 (4%)     max: 355.2 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 7.394     avg: 8.9     median: 8.1 (2%)     max: 13.75 s
min: 7.517     avg: 9.7     median: 9.7 (2%)     max: 11.89 s
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 3632     avg: 3991     median: 3991 (23%)     max: 4350 Points
min: 1960     avg: 2961     median: 2961 (17%)     max: 3962 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
7936 MIPS (6%)
min: 11546     avg: 15262     median: 15365.5 (11%)     max: 17405 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
3405 MIPS (49%)
min: 3641     avg: 3726     median: 3706 (53%)     max: 3925 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 29.5     avg: 32.8     median: 32 (14%)     max: 37.7 fps
min: 34     avg: 37.3     median: 37.3 (17%)     max: 40.55 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 124.6     avg: 139.3     median: 137.5 (37%)     max: 157.6 fps
min: 145     avg: 152.9     median: 152.9 (41%)     max: 160.7 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
2.3 fps (5%)
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min: 3.02     avg: 4.2     median: 4.3 (9%)     max: 4.78 fps