Intel Core i7-8550U: specs and benchmarks

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Intel Core i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
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Year of release 2017
Performance 6.97

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-8550U sales 21 August 2017 at a recommended price of $409. This is Kaby Lake R architecture notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 4 cores and 8 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 4000 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FC-BGA1356 processor with a TDP of 15 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR4 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at

6.97%

of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of Core i7-8550U processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating909
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesIntel Core i7
Architecture codenameKaby Lake R
Release date21 August 2017 (4 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$409of 305 (Core i7-870)
Price now$827 (2x MSRP)of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores4 (Quad-Core)
Threads8
Base clock speed1.8 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed4 GHzof 5.3 (Core i9-10900KF)
L1 cache64K (per core)of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache256K (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache8 MB (shared)of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography14 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Die size123 mm2
Maximum core temperature100 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °Cof 105 (Core i7-5557U)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility+
Unlocked multiplier-

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-8550U compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketFC-BGA1356
Thermal design power (TDP)15 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-8550U. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI+
AVX+
vPro-
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Speed Shift+
My WiFi+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
TSX-
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Flex Memory Access+
Smart Response+

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT-
EDB+
Secure Key+
Identity Protection+
SGXYes with Intel® ME
OS Guard+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

AMD-V+
VT-d+
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-8550U's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size32 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth37.5 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i7-8550U.

Integrated graphics cardIntel UHD Graphics 620
Max video memory32 GB
Quick Sync Video+
Clear Video+
Clear Video HD+
Graphics max frequency1.15 GHz

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-8550U's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported3
eDP+
DisplayPort+
HDMI+
DVI+

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i7-8550U's integrated GPU, including resolutions over different interfaces.

4K resolution support+
Max resolution over HDMI 1.44096 x 2304@24Hz
Max resolution over eDP4096 x 2304@60Hz
Max resolution over DisplayPort4096 x 2304@60Hz

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-8550U's integrated GPU, sometimes API versions are included.

DirectX12
OpenGL4.4

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0
PCI Express lanes12of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-8550U. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-8550U 6.97
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
  • 3DMark06 CPU
  • Geekbench 4.0 64-bit multi-core
  • Geekbench 4.0 64-bit single-core
  • Geekbench 3 32-bit multi-core
  • Geekbench 3 32-bit single-core
  • TrueCrypt AES
  • x264 encoding pass 2
  • x264 encoding pass 1
  • WinRAR 4.0
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
  • Passmark

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

i7-8550U 6423

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

i7-8550U 5845
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i7-8550U 4699
i7-8550U 12328
i7-8550U 3770

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

i7-8550U 4.3

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

i7-8550U 33

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

i7-8550U 148

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

i7-8550U 4374

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

i7-8550U 553

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

i7-8550U 163

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

i7-8550U 6

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

i7-8550U 1.89

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

i7-8550U 17322

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i7-8550U 6118

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-8550U is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-8550U performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-8550U from AMD is Turion 64 X2 TL-50, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 6 positions in our rating.

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