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Intel Core i7-8650U

Intel i7-8650U

The Intel Core i7-8650U 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 i7-7600U, which were still dual-cores, the i7-8650U is equipped with four cores but at a lower base frequency of 1.9 GHz. The Turbo Boost can go up to 4,2 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.


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.


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 behaviour 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. The performance however is highly depending on the TDP settings and cooling solution of the laptop. Especially, longer loads will show varying results in different laptops.


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.

SeriesIntel Kaby Lake Refresh
CodenameKaby Lake Refresh

Series: Kaby Lake Refresh Kaby Lake Refresh

Intel Core i7-8650U « 1.9 - 4.2 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-8550U compare1.8 - 4 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i5-8350U compare1.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i5-8250U compare1.6 - 3.4 GHz4 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i3-8130U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Pentium Gold 4417U compare2.3 GHz2 / 4 cores2 MB L3
Clock Rate1900 - 4200 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache8 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1150 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$409 U.S.
Announcement Date08/21/2017
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 451     avg: 589     median: 605 (4%)     max: 675 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 128     avg: 165     median: 169 (51%)     max: 178 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 5.04     avg: 6.4     median: 6.8 (9%)     max: 7.24 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.67     avg: 1.9     median: 1.9 (48%)     max: 2.04 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 16227     avg: 18738     median: 18635 (14%)     max: 21455 points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 268.3     avg: 301.9     median: 302.8 (4%)     max: 334.6 s
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 8     avg: 8.6     median: 8.8 (2%)     max: 9 s
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 5168     avg: 7106     median: 6863 (19%)     max: 8887 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 41011     avg: 43029     median: 41405.5 (34%)     max: 48293 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 4442     avg: 5935     median: 6089 (15%)     max: 7416 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 6823     avg: 8895     median: 9167 (16%)     max: 10541 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 2685     avg: 3010     median: 2876 (12%)     max: 3569 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 809     avg: 1126     median: 1076.5 (1%)     max: 1912 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 63.8     avg: 74.2     median: 74.4 (1%)     max: 83.1 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 11491     avg: 31341     median: 33906 (30%)     max: 42822 Points
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