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Intel Core i7-8550U vs Intel Pentium Gold 4417U

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 Pentium Gold 4417U

► remove from comparison Intel Pentium 4417U

The Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4417U is a power efficient dual-core SoC for entry level laptops based on the Kaby Lake Refresh generation (not Coffee Lake). It was announced in February 2019 and integrates two "big" cores (similar to the Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs) clocked at 2.3 GHz (fixed, no Turbo Boost). The integrated graphics card is named Intel HD Graphics 610 and offers 12 EUs clocked at 300 - 950 MHz. The integrated memory controller supports slower memory speeds than the faster i3 and i5 models (DDR4-2133 / LPDDR3-1866 / DDR3L-1600) 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

With a fixed clock speed of 2.3 GHz, the dual core CPU is clearly slower than models with Turbo Boost and high clock speeds for single thread performance. The multi thread performance however is also limited due to the two cores. The faster Core i5-8250U offers four processor cores and  fast Turbo Boost speeds therefore offers a much better performance. Still, the Pentium 4417U offers enough performance for daily tasks and non demanding applications.

Power Consumption

The chip is most likely 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. According to Intel it can be configured to 12.5 Watt at 800 MHz (cTDP-down) with a clearly reduced performance.

ModelIntel Core i7-8550UIntel Pentium Gold 4417U
SeriesIntel Kaby Lake RefreshIntel Kaby Lake Refresh
CodenameKaby Lake RefreshKaby Lake Refresh
Series: Kaby Lake Refresh Kaby Lake Refresh
Intel Core i7-8650U compare1.9 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-8550U1.8 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U compare1.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8250U compare1.6 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8130U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4417U2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Core i7-8650U compare1.9 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-8550U1.8 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U compare1.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8250U compare1.6 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8130U compare2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Pentium Gold 4417U2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
Clock1800 - 4000 MHz2300 MHz
L1 Cache256 KB256 KB
L2 Cache1 MB1 MB
L3 Cache8 MB2 MB
Cores / Threads4 / 82 / 4
TDP15 Watt15 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm
SocketBGA1356BGA1356
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR3 Memory Controller, HyperThreading
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 620 (300 - 1150 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 610 (300 - 950 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$409 U.S.$161 U.S.
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Kaby Lake Refresh Pentium 4417U

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-8550U
35.2 pt (41%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
2914 Points (5%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
1021 Points (51%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 383     avg: 388.5     median: 388.5 (50%)     max: 394 Points
203 Points (26%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 1118     avg: 1128     median: 1128 (5%)     max: 1138 Points
472 Points (2%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 301     avg: 576     median: 553 (6%)     max: 761 Points
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228 Points (2%)
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 108     avg: 159.5     median: 163 (56%)     max: 172 Points
89 Points (30%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 4.38     avg: 6.3     median: 6.1 (11%)     max: 8.56 Points
2.6 Points (5%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.43     avg: 1.8     median: 1.9 (54%)     max: 1.95 Points
1.1 Points (31%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4202     avg: 6333     median: 6423 (57%)     max: 8211 Points
3570 Points (32%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 11694     avg: 17867     median: 17321.5 (24%)     max: 24180 Points
8012 Points (11%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 12279     avg: 23153     median: 22717 (20%)     max: 31667 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 6737     avg: 8065     median: 8370.5 (51%)     max: 8436 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 257.5     avg: 352     median: 366.7 (4%)     max: 435 s
665 s (8%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 7.047     avg: 9.8     median: 9.9 (2%)     max: 12.7 s
21.2 s (4%)
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 1024m *
847 s (3%)
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 32m *
26.3 s (14%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 3847     avg: 4487     median: 4374 (25%)     max: 5287 Points
1792 Points (10%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
15613 MIPS (11%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
4337 MIPS (62%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 32     avg: 35.3     median: 33.1 (15%)     max: 41 fps
15.5 fps (7%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 143.6     avg: 153.9     median: 147.9 (40%)     max: 178 fps
81.1 fps (22%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 3.77     avg: 4     median: 3.9 (8%)     max: 4.43 fps
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TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.357     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (15%)     max: 0.469 GB/s
0.1 GB/s (5%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.583     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (15%)     max: 0.793 GB/s
0.2 GB/s (5%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 3.3     avg: 4.2     median: 4.3 (16%)     max: 4.6 GB/s
1.4 GB/s (5%)
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 841     avg: 897     median: 913 (6%)     max: 937 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
0.7 sec (15%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 4534     avg: 5951     median: 5845 (12%)     max: 7795 Points
3204 Points (7%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 9     avg: 10.5     median: 9.3 (2%)     max: 17.45 s
17.3 s (4%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 20     avg: 23     median: 21.2 (1%)     max: 32.72 s
39.1 s (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 510     avg: 575     median: 536 (2%)     max: 740 s
922 s (4%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
21623 Points (22%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 3961     avg: 6653     median: 6649 (23%)     max: 9527 Points
min: 2831     avg: 3011     median: 3010.5 (10%)     max: 3190 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 16314     avg: 42803     median: 44682 (29%)     max: 55226 Points
min: 28577     avg: 28749     median: 28749 (18%)     max: 28921 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 16312     avg: 37536     median: 36876 (31%)     max: 51937 Points
min: 27361     avg: 27522     median: 27521.5 (23%)     max: 27682 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 27917     avg: 50269     median: 52842 (45%)     max: 58213 Points
min: 29007     avg: 29032     median: 29032 (24%)     max: 29057 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 3437     avg: 5739     median: 5695 (14%)     max: 7725 Points
min: 2590     avg: 2591     median: 2590.5 (7%)     max: 2591 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 3961     avg: 8228     median: 8306 (20%)     max: 11110 Points
min: 3635     avg: 3644     median: 3644 (9%)     max: 3653 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 2463     avg: 2898     median: 2875 (15%)     max: 3865 Points
min: 1369     avg: 1398     median: 1398 (7%)     max: 1427 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
6053 Points (49%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
5722 Points (52%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
4999 Points (10%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
5090 Points (10%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
5280 Points (14%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
min: 8918     avg: 12315     median: 12327.5 (22%)     max: 14144 Points
4882 Points (9%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
min: 2471     avg: 3671     median: 3770 (77%)     max: 4020 Points
2254 Points (46%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 11637     avg: 12834     median: 12833.5 (20%)     max: 14030 Points
5089 Points (8%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 3784     avg: 3949     median: 3948.5 (80%)     max: 4113 Points
2389 Points (49%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 4439     avg: 4686     median: 4699 (73%)     max: 4858 Points
2599 Points (40%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 10747     avg: 13316     median: 13251 (32%)     max: 15294 Points
5029 Points (12%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 4555     avg: 4858     median: 4900 (57%)     max: 4997 Points
2695 Points (31%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 10869     avg: 14247     median: 15117 (19%)     max: 16294 Points
5248 Points (6%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1081 Points (55%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
3141 Points (10%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 877     avg: 1087     median: 1107 (1%)     max: 2114 ms