Intel’s new 8th generation brings some surprises to the table. One of the notable one being the fact that the Kaby Lake Refresh ULV chips will now feature four physical cores and eight threads. We are very interested at the Core i7-8550U which we have in our labs. We already published our comparison to the direct predecessor – the Core i7-7500U but why stop here?
Spoiler alert! The Core i7-8550U came out to be way more powerful than the Core i7-7500U. That’s why we want to test it to the Core i5-7300HQ and the Core i5-6300HQ just for reference. So just how well does an 8th gen Core i7 ULV chip stack up to a 7th and 6th gen Core i5 HQ processors? Let’s find out.
However, the base clock speed of the Core i7-8550U is quite lower than the other two – 1.80 GHz vs 2.50 GHz and 2.30 GHz for the Core i5-7300HQ and Core i5-6300HQ respectively. On the other hand, the maximum Boost clock of the Core i7-8550U is much higher – 4.00 GHz vs 3.50 and 3.20 GHz.
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