Intel Core i5-8265U vs Intel Pentium Gold 4417U

Intel Core i5-8265U

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The Intel Core i5-8265U is a power efficient quad-core SoC for notebooks and Ultrabooks based on the Whiskey Lake generation and will probably be announced in August 2018. Compared to the similar named Kaby Lake-R processors (e.g. Core i5-8250U), the Whiskey Lake CPUs are now produced in a further improved 14nm process (14nm++) and offer higher clock speeds. The architecture and features are the same. The i5-8265U offers e.g. high Turbo clock speeds of 3,9 GHz (versus 3,4 GHz of the i5-8250U) for a single core (3.8 for two cores, 3.7 GHz for all four cores). The integrated GPU is still named Intel UHD Graphics 620 and the dual-channel memory controller still supports the same RAM speeds as Kaby-Lake-R (DDR4-2400 / LPDDR3-2133). Thermal Velocity Boost is not supported (only in the Core i7-8565U).

The Whiskey Lake SoCs are used with a new PCH produced in 14nm that supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) and CNVi WiFi/BT parts.

Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake and Kaby Lake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. That means Whiskey Lake is a Kaby Lake chip manufactured in the improved 14nm++ process.

Performance

The performance of the i5-8265U depends on the cooling solution of the laptop and the defined TDP limits for short and long term performance. We already saw big differences for Kaby Lake-R (e.g., i7-8550U benchmarks), especially for long term (sustained) performance. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the additionalTurbo  clock speed can be made use of. For the Core i7, Intel estimates between 3-11% higher performance to the Kaby-Lake-R generation and that should be similar in the Core i5 (as long as the cooling is sufficient).

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 and Whiskey 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 a further improved 14nm process with FinFET transistors (14nm++), the same as the 8th Gen Coffee 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.

Warning: Above information is partly still based on rumors and leaks and may therefore change till release.

Intel Pentium Gold 4417U

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The Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4417U is a power efficient dual-core SoC for entry level laptops based on the Kaby Lake Refresh generation (not Coffee Lake). It was announced in February 2019 and integrates two "big" cores (similar to the Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs) clocked at 2.3 GHz (fixed, no Turbo Boost). The integrated graphics card is named Intel HD Graphics 610 and offers 12 EUs clocked at 300 - 950 MHz. The integrated memory controller supports slower memory speeds than the faster i3 and i5 models (DDR4-2133 / LPDDR3-1866 / DDR3L-1600) 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

With a fixed clock speed of 2.3 GHz, the dual core CPU is clearly slower than models with Turbo Boost and high clock speeds for single thread performance. The multi thread performance however is also limited due to the two cores. The faster Core i5-8250U offers four processor cores and  fast Turbo Boost speeds therefore offers a much better performance. Still, the Pentium 4417U offers enough performance for daily tasks and non demanding applications.

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 12.5 Watt at 800 MHz (cTDP-down) with a clearly reduced performance.

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Intel Core i5-8365U (compare)1600 - 4100 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i5-8265U1600 - 3900 MHz4 / 86 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 i5-8250U (compare)1600 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8130U (compare)2200 - 3400 MHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Pentium Gold 4417U2300 MHz2 / 42 MB
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BGA1528BGA1356
Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR3 Memory Controller, HyperThreading
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1100 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 610 (300 - 950 MHz)
$161 U.S.
Intel Kaby Lake Refresh Pentium Gold 4417U

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
42.4 pt (46%)
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
min: 325     avg: 389     median: 398 (77%)     max: 403 Points
203 Points (39%)
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
min: 1038     avg: 1313     median: 1358.5 (15%)     max: 1564 Points
472 Points (5%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 457     avg: 591     median: 600 (14%)     max: 750 Points
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228 Points (5%)
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 111     avg: 155     median: 157.5 (72%)     max: 164 Points
89 Points (41%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 5.22     avg: 6     median: 5.7 (15%)     max: 7.22 Points
2.6 Points (7%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1.73     avg: 1.8     median: 1.8 (72%)     max: 1.88 Points
1.1 Points (44%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5841     avg: 6044     median: 6082 (62%)     max: 6209 Points
3570 Points (37%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 16318     avg: 18952     median: 19418 (33%)     max: 22962 Points
8012 Points (13%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 18924     avg: 21959     median: 21775.5 (29%)     max: 25361 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 7705     avg: 7880     median: 7919 (74%)     max: 7975 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 371.408     avg: 402     median: 402.4 (5%)     max: 433.343 seconds
665 seconds (8%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 9.635     avg: 11     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12.41 seconds
21.1 seconds (4%)
WinRAR - Result
min: 3215     avg: 4040     median: 3988 (47%)     max: 4916 KB/s
1792 KB/s (21%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 13812     avg: 16571     median: 16992 (18%)     max: 18802 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 3780     avg: 4056     median: 4133 (27%)     max: 4195 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 31.9     avg: 37.2     median: 39.1 (25%)     max: 40.5 fps
15.5 fps (10%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 150.5     avg: 159     median: 156 (55%)     max: 169.47 fps
81.1 fps (29%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
min: 3.51     avg: 4.3     median: 4.4 (16%)     max: 4.8 fps
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TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.427     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (24%)     max: 0.464 GB/s
0.1 GB/s (8%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
min: 0.708     avg: 0.8     median: 0.8 (25%)     max: 0.789 GB/s
0.2 GB/s (8%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 4.1     avg: 4.3     median: 4.4 (23%)     max: 4.5 GB/s
1.4 GB/s (7%)
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU *
min: 769     avg: 862     median: 836.1 (6%)     max: 1039 Seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5637     avg: 6330     median: 6316 (42%)     max: 7439 Points
3204 Points (21%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 9.762     avg: 10     median: 9.8 (2%)     max: 10.321 Seconds
17.3 Seconds (4%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 22.117     avg: 22.2     median: 22.2 (1%)     max: 22.432 Seconds
39.1 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 542.501     avg: 562     median: 552.1 (2%)     max: 590.085 Seconds
922 Seconds (4%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 4154     avg: 6340     median: 6250.5 (31%)     max: 8443 points
min: 2831     avg: 3011     median: 3010.5 (15%)     max: 3190 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 21036     avg: 38716     median: 38144 (25%)     max: 50513 Points
min: 28577     avg: 28749     median: 28749 (18%)     max: 28921 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 21037     avg: 37535     median: 36912 (44%)     max: 48588 Points
min: 27361     avg: 27522     median: 27521.5 (33%)     max: 27682 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 23095     avg: 49269     median: 52630 (61%)     max: 56737 Points
min: 29007     avg: 29032     median: 29032 (34%)     max: 29057 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3393     avg: 5785     median: 5607 (14%)     max: 8298 Points
min: 2590     avg: 2591     median: 2590.5 (7%)     max: 2591 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 4640     avg: 7901     median: 7973.5 (27%)     max: 11278 Points
min: 3635     avg: 3644     median: 3644 (12%)     max: 3653 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 10592     avg: 10596     median: 10595.5 (85%)     max: 10599 Points
6053 Points (49%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 8582     avg: 8660     median: 8660 (79%)     max: 8738 Points
5722 Points (52%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
min: 11914     avg: 12181     median: 12181 (24%)     max: 12448 Points
4999 Points (10%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 12671     avg: 13099     median: 13099 (26%)     max: 13527 Points
5090 Points (10%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 11598     avg: 11639     median: 11639 (30%)     max: 11680 Points
5280 Points (14%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 12198     avg: 13659     median: 14002 (25%)     max: 14499 Points
4882 Points (9%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3470     avg: 3669     median: 3678.5 (76%)     max: 3842 Points
2254 Points (46%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 12221     avg: 13021     median: 13021 (20%)     max: 13821 Points
5089 Points (8%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3805     avg: 3906     median: 3906 (79%)     max: 4007 Points
2389 Points (49%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 4229     avg: 4422     median: 4433 (70%)     max: 4605 Points
2599 Points (41%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 13168     avg: 13975     median: 14368 (40%)     max: 14390 Points
5029 Points (14%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 2106     avg: 4367     median: 4483 (71%)     max: 4830 Points
2695 Points (43%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 7144     avg: 13514     median: 13295 (23%)     max: 16249 Points
5248 Points (9%)
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 986     avg: 1007     median: 1006.5 (75%)     max: 1027 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2973     avg: 3317     median: 3207 (20%)     max: 3881 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 850.5     avg: 1166     median: 1199.1 (2%)     max: 1245 ms
2162 ms (4%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 83     avg: 93.5     median: 95.6 (1%)     max: 99.8 ms
165 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 12842     avg: 31246     median: 32120 (61%)     max: 35563 Points
16702 Points (32%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-8265U → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Pentium Gold 4417U → 57%

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