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Intel Core i7-8500Y

The Intel Core i7-8500Y is a very efficient dual-core SoC for tablets and passively cooled notebooks based on the Amber Lake generation and will be announced around August 2018. It is the fastest Amber Lake-Y CPU at the time of announcement and consists of two processor cores clocked at 1.5 - 4.2 GHz. Thanks to Hyper Threading, the processor can execute up to four threads simultaneously. The chips also includes the Intel HD Graphics 615 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.

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 615 GPU has 24 Execution Units (EUs) like the old HD Graphics 515 and runs with clocks between 300 and 950 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 second generation 14 nm+ process with FinFET transistors. The typical TDP for the Amber Lake Y-series is specified at 5 Watts (previous generations were 4.5 Watt), and can be adjusted in both directions depending on the usage scenario.

SeriesIntel Core i7
CodenameAmber Lake-Y
Clock Rate1500 - 4200 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)5 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXT
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 615 (300 - 1000 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date08/30/2018

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 227     avg: 249     median: 249 (6%)     max: 271 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 126     avg: 129     median: 129 (59%)     max: 132 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 7982     avg: 10709     median: 10709 (13%)     max: 13436 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 3568     avg: 4367.5     median: 4367 (63%)     max: 5167 MIPS
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
2.1 fps (11%)
Blender 2.79 *
min: 1771     avg: 1965.3     median: 1965 (21%)     max: 2159 Seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 2942     avg: 3003.5     median: 3003 (16%)     max: 3065 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 25064     avg: 30640     median: 30640 (20%)     max: 36216 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2260     avg: 2609.5     median: 2609 (7%)     max: 2959 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3308     avg: 3784.5     median: 3784 (13%)     max: 4261 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1281     avg: 1551.8     median: 1551 (3%)     max: 1822 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 24567     avg: 24631.5     median: 24631 (47%)     max: 24696 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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