The Intel Core i7-8550U is part of the new 8th Generation Kaby Lake Refresh and it’s a direct successor to the Intel Core i7-7500U from the Kaby Lake generation and the Intel Core i7-6500U from the 6th Skylake generation. With the latest alteration to the ULV (ultra-low voltage) processors, Intel doubles the core count from 2 to 4 and retaining the so-called Hyper-Threading technology, keeping the same 14nm manufacturing process and feature the same 15W TDP.
However, due to the core count change, the base frequency of the Core i7-8550U is lowered to only 1.8 GHz while Turbo Boost frequencies remain pretty high – somewhere between 3.7 – 4.0 GHz. This ensures considerably higher multi-core and single-core performance during short workloads before going back to more bearable frequencies considering the 15W TDP but most of the other specs and features remain the same.
The chip also incorporates a newer Intel Gen 9.5 integrated graphics called Intel UHD Graphics 620. The support for Google’s VP9 codec and H.265/HEVC Main 10 is still the most notable feature of the iGPU. Intel claims that the new UHD 620 chips improve the overall power consumption compared to the previous one.
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Intel Core i7-8550U - Specs Sheet
|Base CPU frequency||1.80 GHz|
|Number of cores||4|
|Instructions type||64 bits|
|Integrated GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Base GPU frequency||300 MHz|
|Max. operating temperature||100 °C|
|Release date||21 August 2017|
|Core / Architecture||Coffee Lake|
|Max. CPU frequency||3.7? GHz|
|Logical Cores (Threads)||8|
|LL cache||8192 KB|
|Max. GPU frequency||1150 MHz|
|Memory Type||DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133|
|Max Memory||32 GB|
|Supported technologies||HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI|
Intel Core i7-8550U - benchmark tests
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