Intel Core i7-8550U: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-8550U

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-8550U sales 21 August 2017 at a recommended price of $409. This is Kaby Lake Refresh 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 DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 7.66 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

General info

Of Core i7-8550U processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Type
Laptop
 
Series
Intel Core i7
 
Architecture codename
Kaby Lake Refresh
 
Release date
21 August 2017
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$409
 

Technical specs

Core i7-8550U's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-8550U's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
4
 
Number of threads
8
 
Base frequency
1.8 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Maximum frequency
4 GHz
 
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
of 8192 (Opteron 3380)
L3 cache
8 MB (shared)
 
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
Die size
123 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
of 105 (Core i7-5557U)
64 bit support
+
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-8550U compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
Socket
FC-BGA1356
 
Power consumption (TDP)
15 Watt
 
of 650 (Atom Z500)

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-8550U. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
AES-NI
+
 
AVX
+
 
vPro
-
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Speed Shift
+
 
My WiFi
+
 
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
Hyper-Threading
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
Flex Memory Access
+
 
Smart Response
+
 

Security technologies

Core i7-8550U technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
EDB
+
 
Secure Key
+
 
Identity Protection
+
 
SGX
Yes with Intel® ME
 
OS Guard
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-8550U are enumerated here.
AMD-V
+
 
VT-d
+
 
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-8550U.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
Max memory channels
2
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
34.1 GB/s
 
of 262.26 (Xeon Platinum 9221)

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i7-8550U.
Integrated graphics
 
Max video memory
32 GB
 
Quick Sync
+
 
Clear Video
+
 
Clear Video HD
+
 
Graphics max frequency
1.15 GHz
 

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-8550U's integrated GPU.
Number of displays supported
3
 
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 1.4
4096x2304@24Hz
 
Max resolution over eDP
4096x2304@60Hz
 
Max resolution over DisplayPort
4096x2304@60Hz
 

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-8550U's integrated GPU, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
12
 
OpenGL
4.4
 

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of Core i7-8550U's supported peripherals.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
12
 
of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-8550U. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

7.66

3DMark06 CPU

5845

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

6423

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

17322

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

1.89

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

6.1

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

164

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

554

WinRAR 4.0

4374

x264 encoding pass 1

148

x264 encoding pass 2

33

TrueCrypt AES

4

Geekbench 3 32-bit single-core

3770

Geekbench 3 32-bit multi-core

12328

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit single-core

4699

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit multi-core

13251

Passmark

6118

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-8550U is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-8550U performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-8550U from AMD is Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U, which is slower by 2% and lower by 17 positions in our rating.

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