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Intel Core i7-8557U

The Intel Core i7-8557U is a quad-core SoC for notebooks based on the Coffee Lake architecture that was announced in the new entry level MacBook Pro 13 in mid 2019. Compared to its predecessor, the CPU is now a quad-core with Hyperthreading support for the execution of up to 8 threads simultaneously. The base frequency is only 1.7 GHz, but the Turbo goes all the way up to 4.5 GHz. It is also equipped with an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 GPU with 128 MB eDRAM, a dual-channel memory controller (DDR4) as well as VP9 and H.265 video decoding as well as encoding. The chip is still manufactured in a 14nm process with FinFET transistors.

Compared to slower Core i5 model with eDRAM and 15 Watts, the i5-8557U features 8 MB smart cache and the fastest clock of the Iris Plus GPU.

Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Kaby Lake, 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

Clocked at up to 4.5 GHz, the Core i7-8557U should offer an excellent single thread performance. The multi core performance is greatly improved due to the two additional cores (compared to the predecessor) but may be limited by the 15 Watt TDP (especially for sustained workloads).

Graphics

The integrated Intel Iris Plus 645 Graphics is the GT3e model of the Coffee Lake GPU (Intel Gen. 9.5). It has 48 Execution Units running at 300-1150 MHz  and the performance is comparable to a GeForce 930M or 940MX thanks to fast eDRAM cache. However, there aren't any significant improvements compared to the old Iris Plus 650, so modern games can often not be played smoothly or only at the lowest or medium settings, respectively.

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, which improves the efficiency even further. Intel specifies the TDP with 15 Watts and therefore suited for thin and light laptops.

SeriesIntel Coffee Lake
CodenameCoffee Lake-U
Series: Coffee Lake Coffee Lake-U
Intel Core i7-8559U compare2.7 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-8557U1.7 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8269U compare2.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8279U compare2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8259U compare2.3 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8257U compare1.4 - 3.9 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8109U compare3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate1700 - 4500 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache8 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)28 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketFCBGA1528
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, Intel SSE4.1, Intel SSE 4.2
GPUIntel Iris Plus Graphics 645 (300 - 1150 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date07/16/2019
Product Link (external)Intel Coffee Lake i7-8557U

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» Intel Core i9-9900K
   8x 3.6 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i9-9980HK
   8x 2.4 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-9700K
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» Intel Core i9-9880H
   8x 2.3 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8086K
   6x 3.7 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8700K
   6x 3.7 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-9700
   8x 3 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i9-8950HK
   6x 2.9 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Xeon E-2186M
   6x 2.9 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Xeon E-2276M
   6x 2.8 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Xeon E-2176G
   6x 3.7 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8700
   6x 3.2 GHz - 4.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-9600K
   6x 3.7 GHz - 4.6 GHz
» Intel Core i9-9900T
   8x 2.1 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-9850H
   6x 2.6 GHz - 4.6 GHz
» Intel Core i7-9750H
   6x 2.6 GHz - 4.5 GHz
» Intel Xeon E-2176M
   6x 2.7 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8850H
   6x 2.6 GHz - 4.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8600K
   6x 3.6 GHz - 4.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8500
   6x 3 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8750H
   6x 2.2 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8400
   6x 2.8 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8500T
   6x 2.1 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-9400H
   4x 2.5 GHz - 4.3 GHz
» Intel Core i5-9300HF
   4x 2.4 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-9300H
   4x 2.4 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8400H
   4x 2.5 GHz - 4.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8559U
   4x 2.7 GHz - 4.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8300H
   4x 2.3 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-9400F
   6x 2.9 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-9100F
   4x 3.6 GHz - 4.2 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8557U
   4x 1.7 GHz - 4.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8269U
   4x 2.6 GHz - 4.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8279U
   4x 2.4 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8259U
   4x 2.3 GHz - 3.8 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8257U
   4x 1.4 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-8100H
   4x 3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-8109U
   2x 3 GHz - 3.6 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5
   4x 2.9 GHz - 3.8 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-6970HQ
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-7700HQ
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-8305G
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz
+ Intel Core i3-1125G4
   4x 2 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-8557U
   4x 1.7 GHz - 4.5 GHz
- Intel Xeon E3-1515M v5
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.7 GHz
- Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
   4x 2.8 GHz - 3.7 GHz
- Intel Core i7-6870HQ
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.6 GHz
- Intel Core i5-8269U
   4x 2.6 GHz - 4.2 GHz
- Intel Core i5-8279U
   4x 2.4 GHz - 4.1 GHz
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Klaus Hinum, 2019-07-16 (Update: 2019-07-16)