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Intel Core i5-8265U

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.

SeriesIntel Core i5
CodenameWhiskey Lake-U
Series: Core i5 Whiskey Lake-U
Intel Core i5-8365U (compare)1600 - 4100 MHz4 / 86 MB
» Intel Core i5-8265U1600 - 3900 MHz4 / 86 MB
Clock Rate1600 - 3900 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache6 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
SocketBGA1528
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1100 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date08/21/2018

Benchmarks

Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
min: 325     avg: 390.3     median: 399 (78%)     max: 403 Points
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
min: 1103     avg: 1337.7     median: 1367 (20%)     max: 1564 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 457     avg: 594.2     median: 601 (14%)     max: 750 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 111     avg: 154.9     median: 158 (72%)     max: 164 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 5     avg: 6     median: 5 (11%)     max: 7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1.8 Points (90%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 5841     avg: 6044     median: 6082 (62%)     max: 6209 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 16318     avg: 18952.2     median: 19418 (30%)     max: 22962 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 18924     avg: 21959     median: 21775 (29%)     max: 25361 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 7705     avg: 7879.5     median: 7919 (76%)     max: 7975 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 371     avg: 402.4     median: 402 (5%)     max: 433 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 9     avg: 11     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 3215     avg: 4039.7     median: 3988 (47%)     max: 4916 KB/s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 14779     avg: 16847     median: 17229 (17%)     max: 18802 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 3780     avg: 4072.6     median: 4156 (60%)     max: 4195 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 31     avg: 37.2     median: 39 (22%)     max: 40 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 150     avg: 158.7     median: 156 (58%)     max: 169 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
min: 3     avg: 4.4     median: 4 (13%)     max: 4 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (23%)
Blender 2.79 *
min: 769     avg: 844.7     median: 825 (9%)     max: 959 Seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 5637     avg: 6330.4     median: 6316 (42%)     max: 7439 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 9     avg: 10     median: 9 (2%)     max: 10 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
22.3 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 542     avg: 561.6     median: 552 (2%)     max: 590 Seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 4154     avg: 6366.3     median: 6279 (32%)     max: 8443 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 21036     avg: 38610     median: 36622 (24%)     max: 50513 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 21037     avg: 37535.4     median: 36912 (44%)     max: 48588 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 23095     avg: 49269.4     median: 52630 (61%)     max: 56737 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 3393     avg: 5784.6     median: 5607 (14%)     max: 8298 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 4640     avg: 7946.8     median: 8001 (25%)     max: 11278 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 10592     avg: 10595.5     median: 10595 (85%)     max: 10599 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 8582     avg: 8660     median: 8660 (79%)     max: 8738 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
min: 11914     avg: 12181     median: 12181 (21%)     max: 12448 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 12671     avg: 13099     median: 13099 (23%)     max: 13527 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 11598     avg: 11639     median: 11639 (27%)     max: 11680 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 12198     avg: 13659.2     median: 14002 (17%)     max: 14499 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3470     avg: 3668.8     median: 3678 (75%)     max: 3842 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 12221     avg: 13021     median: 13021 (35%)     max: 13821 Points