Intel Core i7-7500U vs Intel Core i7-8550U vs Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y

Intel Core i7-7500U

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The Intel Core i7-7500U is a dual-core processor of the Kaby Lake architecture. It offers two CPU cores clocked at 2.7 - 3.5 GHz and integrates HyperThreading to work with up to 4 threads at once. The architectural differences are rather small compared to the Skylake generation, therefore the performance per MHz is very similar. The SoC includes a dual channel DDR4 memory controller and Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card (clocked at 300 - 1050 MHz). It is manufactured in an improved 14nm FinFET process (14nm+) at Intel. Compared to the old Skylake Core i7-6500U (2.5 - 3.1 GHz), the i7-7500U clock speed is up to 400 MHz higher.

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 4415Y

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The Intel Pentium 4415Y is a low power entry level processor for small laptops or tablets and based on the Kaby Lake architecture. It was announced in Q2 2017 and offers two processor cores clocked at 1.6 GHz (no Turbo Boost). 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. It is still produced in a 14 nm process with FinFET transistors. Compared to the much faster Core m3-7Y30, the Pentium 4415 offers no Turbo Boost, different CPU and GPU clock speeds, a smaller L3 cache and a higher TDP of 6 Watt.

Architecture

Intel basically used the familiar micro architecture from the Skylake generation, so the per-MHz performance is identical. Only the Speed-Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of the voltages and clocks was improved, and the matured 14 nm process now also enables much higher frequencies and better efficiency than before. 

Performance

Due to the missing Turbo Boost, the Pentium 4415Y offers a significantly worse single thread performance than the more expensive Core m3-7Y30. This should be noticeable in daily tasks.

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 850 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 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 an improved 14 nm process with FinFET transistors, so the power efficiency was once again improved significantly. The TDP is rated at 6 Watt and can be reduced to 4,5 Watt (cTDP down).

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Intel Core i7-7700K4.2 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-77003.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v63.1 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7920HQ3.1 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700T2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-7600K3.8 - 4.2 GHz4 / 48 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v63 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HK2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700HQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-75003.4 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7440HQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i7-7567U3.5 - 4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7660U2.5 - 4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7600U2.8 - 3.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7500T2.7 - 3.3 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7287U3.3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7560U2.4 - 3.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7360U2.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7267U3.1 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Core i7-7500U2.7 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7300U2.6 - 3.5 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-7260U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7200U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7100H3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7167U2.8 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7130U2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i7-7Y751.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y571.2 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y541.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i3-7100U2.4 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core m3-7Y321 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Core m3-7Y301 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Celeron 3965U2.2 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Core i3-7020U2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Celeron 3867U1.8 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Celeron 3865U1.8 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y1.7 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y1.6 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4410Y1.5 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Celeron 3965Y1.5 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Core i7-8650U1.9 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i7-8550U1.8 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8350U1.7 - 3.6 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-8250U1.6 - 3.4 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i3-8130U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4417U2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Core i7-7700K4.2 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-77003.6 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v63.1 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7920HQ3.1 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700T2.9 - 3.8 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-7600K3.8 - 4.2 GHz4 / 48 MB
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v63 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HQ2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7820HK2.9 - 3.9 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i7-7700HQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 86 MB
Intel Core i5-75003.4 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7440HQ2.8 - 3.8 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i7-7567U3.5 - 4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7660U2.5 - 4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7600U2.8 - 3.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7300HQ2.5 - 3.5 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7500T2.7 - 3.3 GHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-7287U3.3 - 3.7 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7560U2.4 - 3.8 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7360U2.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7267U3.1 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i7-7500U2.7 - 3.5 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7300U2.6 - 3.5 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i5-7260U2.2 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7200U2.5 - 3.1 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7100H3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7167U2.8 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7130U2.7 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i7-7Y751.3 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y571.2 - 3.3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-7Y541.2 - 3.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i3-7100U2.4 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core m3-7Y321 - 3 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4415U2.3 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Core m3-7Y301 - 2.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Celeron 3965U2.2 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Core i3-7020U2.3 GHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Celeron 3867U1.8 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Celeron 3865U1.8 GHz2 / 22 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y1.7 GHz2 / 42 MB
» Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y1.6 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Pentium Gold 4410Y1.5 GHz2 / 42 MB
Intel Celeron 3965Y1.5 GHz2 / 22 MB
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Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
383 Points (60%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
1138 Points (11%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 265     avg: 338     median: 340 (8%)     max: 376 Points
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min: 301     avg: 578     median: 553.5 (12%)     max: 761 Points
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164 Points (4%)
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 110     avg: 142     median: 144 (53%)     max: 149 Points
min: 108     avg: 160     median: 163.5 (60%)     max: 172 Points
65 Points (24%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 3.4     avg: 3.8     median: 3.8 (8%)     max: 4.05 Points
min: 4.38     avg: 6.3     median: 6.1 (12%)     max: 8.56 Points
1.8 Points (4%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.35     avg: 1.6     median: 1.7 (53%)     max: 1.69 Points
min: 1.43     avg: 1.8     median: 1.9 (60%)     max: 1.95 Points
0.8 Points (24%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 4835     avg: 5605     median: 5647 (50%)     max: 5722
min: 4202     avg: 6333     median: 6423 (57%)     max: 8211
2521 (23%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 9726     avg: 11831     median: 11745.5 (20%)     max: 12981
min: 11694     avg: 17867     median: 17321.5 (29%)     max: 24180
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 14099     avg: 15061     median: 15362 (15%)     max: 15817 Points
min: 12279     avg: 23153     median: 22717 (22%)     max: 31667 Points
7213 Points (7%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 6047     avg: 7000     median: 7265 (55%)     max: 7305 Points
min: 6737     avg: 8065     median: 8370.5 (63%)     max: 8436 Points
3264 Points (25%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 423.826     avg: 493     median: 485.8 (6%)     max: 602 s
min: 257.514     avg: 352     median: 366.7 (4%)     max: 435 s
982 s (12%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 13.112     avg: 14.3     median: 14 (3%)     max: 16.8 s
min: 7.047     avg: 9.8     median: 9.9 (2%)     max: 12.7 s
31.1 s (6%)
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: 1983     avg: 2542     median: 2561 (16%)     max: 3011
min: 3847     avg: 4487     median: 4374 (28%)     max: 5287
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 20     avg: 22     median: 21.7 (10%)     max: 23.95 fps
min: 32     avg: 35.3     median: 33.1 (15%)     max: 41 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 109     avg: 119     median: 117 (34%)     max: 133.16 fps
min: 143.6     avg: 154     median: 147.9 (44%)     max: 178 fps
58.3 fps (17%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 3.88     avg: 4.2     median: 4.2 (13%)     max: 4.43 fps
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1.1 fps (3%)
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TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.204     avg: 0.2     median: 0.2 (0%)     max: 0.222 GB/s
min: 0.357     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.469 GB/s
0 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.323     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (0%)     max: 0.375 GB/s
min: 0.583     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (1%)     max: 0.793 GB/s
0 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 1.9     avg: 2.1     median: 2.1 (0%)     max: 2.2 GB/s
min: 3.3     avg: 4.2     median: 4.3 (0%)     max: 4.6 GB/s
0.1 GB/s (0%)
Blender 2.79 - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 841.1     avg: 889     median: 888.9 (6%)     max: 936.7 Seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3690     avg: 4423     median: 4579 (25%)     max: 4921 Points
min: 4534     avg: 5951     median: 5845 (32%)     max: 7795 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10     avg: 10.8     median: 10.8 (2%)     max: 11.519 s
min: 9     avg: 10.5     median: 9.3 (2%)     max: 17.455 s
16.3 s (4%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 24.205     avg: 24.8     median: 24.8 (1%)     max: 25.3 s
min: 20     avg: 23     median: 21.2 (1%)     max: 32.72 s
35.9 s (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 543.1     avg: 577     median: 575 (3%)     max: 615.331 s
min: 509.5     avg: 575     median: 536 (2%)     max: 740.35 s
1240 s (6%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 11456     avg: 12603     median: 12732 (15%)     max: 13682 Points
21623 Points (25%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 2983     avg: 4494     median: 4538 (19%)     max: 5246 Points
min: 3961     avg: 6671     median: 6663 (28%)     max: 9527 Points
2319 Points (10%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 28860     avg: 39597     median: 40263 (26%)     max: 47877 Points
min: 16314     avg: 42803     median: 44682 (29%)     max: 55226 Points
20028 Points (13%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 28817     avg: 40062     median: 40419 (43%)     max: 46962 Points
min: 16312     avg: 37536     median: 36876 (39%)     max: 51937 Points
19576 Points (21%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 41855     avg: 46680     median: 47434 (49%)     max: 49751 Points
min: 27917     avg: 50269     median: 52842 (55%)     max: 58213 Points
20366 Points (21%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 296     avg: 3628     median: 3748 (9%)     max: 4143 Points
min: 3437     avg: 5736     median: 5675 (14%)     max: 7725 Points
1836 Points (5%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 4005     avg: 5389     median: 5453 (14%)     max: 5882 Points
min: 3961     avg: 8258     median: 8409 (21%)     max: 11110 Points
2541 Points (6%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 1508     avg: 1810     median: 1852 (13%)     max: 2060 Points
min: 2500     avg: 2935     median: 2893.5 (20%)     max: 3865 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
min: 6872     avg: 7442     median: 7635 (14%)     max: 7835
min: 8918     avg: 12315     median: 12327.5 (22%)     max: 14144
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
min: 3211     avg: 3462     median: 3526 (72%)     max: 3706
min: 2471     avg: 3671     median: 3770 (77%)     max: 4020
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 7645     avg: 7946     median: 7945.5 (12%)     max: 8246
min: 11637     avg: 12834     median: 12833.5 (20%)     max: 14030
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 3587     avg: 3731     median: 3731 (76%)     max: 3875
min: 3784     avg: 3949     median: 3948.5 (80%)     max: 4113
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 4033     avg: 4191     median: 4151 (64%)     max: 4375
min: 4439     avg: 4686     median: 4699 (73%)     max: 4858
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 7282     avg: 7983     median: 8070 (20%)     max: 8449
min: 10747     avg: 13316     median: 13251 (32%)     max: 15294
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 4415     avg: 4440     median: 4440 (61%)     max: 4465
min: 4555     avg: 4858     median: 4900 (67%)     max: 4997
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 8740     avg: 8762     median: 8762 (14%)     max: 8784
min: 10869     avg: 14247     median: 15117 (24%)     max: 16294
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1081 (64%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
3141 (19%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 959.7     avg: 1044     median: 1041.8 (2%)     max: 1282.8 ms
min: 876.6     avg: 1091     median: 1110.5 (2%)     max: 2114.4 ms
3077 ms (5%)
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 69.7     avg: 82.7     median: 78 (1%)     max: 141.7 ms
min: 63.2     avg: 80.3     median: 71.3 (1%)     max: 122.7 ms