Intel Core i7-8550U vs Intel Core i5-8250U

Intel Core i7-8550U

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The Intel Core i7-8550U 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 predecessors Core i7-7500U and i5-7260U, respectively, which were still dual-cores, the i7-8550U is equipped with four cores but at a lower base frequency of 1.8 GHz. The Turbo Boost is not specified yet, but should be at least 3.7 - 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

The performance of the i7-8550U depends on the cooling solution of the laptop and the defined TDP limits for short and long term performance. This leads to big differences in our benchmark scores ranging from the 15 Watt reference by Intel up to the 23% higher score of the Inspiron 17-7773 in the Cinebench R15 Multi benchmark. Especially when taxing the CPU for longer periods, these differences can be even higher.

In our usual benchmarks, the average i7-8550U is as fast as the 35 Watt rated Core i5-7440HQ. For single thread performance, the high Turbo Boost frequency helps achieving one of the highest scores for mobile CPUs.

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 i5-8250U

► 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 i7-8550UIntel Core i5-8250U
Intel Core i7Intel Core i5
Kaby Lake RefreshKaby Lake Refresh
: Core i5 Kaby Lake Refresh
Intel Core i7-8650U (compare)1900 - 4200 MHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-8550U1800 - 4000 MHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U (compare)1700 - 3600 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i5-8250U1600 - 3400 MHz4 / 86 MB
1800 - 4000 MHz1600 - 3400 MHz
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BGA1356BGA1356
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 UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1150 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1100 MHz)
$409 U.S.$297 U.S.

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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min: 320     avg: 569.9     median: 556.5 (13%)     max: 730 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
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wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
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wPrime 1.55 - 1024m *
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WinRAR - Result
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7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
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7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
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X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
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X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
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HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
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TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
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TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
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TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
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Blender 2.79 *
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3DMark 06 - CPU
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Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
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Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
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3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
21623 Points (36%)
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3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
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3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
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3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
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3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
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3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
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3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
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Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
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Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 2471     avg: 3662.7     median: 3779 (78%)     max: 4020 Points
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Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
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Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
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Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
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Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
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Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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