In our previous comparison, the 8th gen Intel Core i3-8130U smashed its rival – the Intel Core i3-7130U when it comes to the results from our benchmark tests. Today we have chosen yet another 7th gen representative – Intel Core i7-7500U, as its new opponent.
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Starting off with Intel Core i3-8130U, which is an 8th gen processor based on the Kaby Lake Refresh architecture and featuring a total of 2 cores and 4 threads. Manufactured through a 14 nm manufacturing process, the chip offers support for the HyperThreading technology. Moreover, the base frequency can reach up to 2.20 GHz, while the turbo speed goes up to 3.40 GHz. Other specifications include 4MB last level cache, a dual-channel memory controller supporting LPDDR3-2133 or DDR4-2400 and a relatively low TDP of 15W. As for the iGPU, the available graphics card here is Intel UHD Graphics 620 clocked at 300-1050 MHz.
Let’s take a quick look at the specs sheet of its rival. Built upon 14nm+ manufacturing process, Intel Core i7-7500U is a member of the Intel Kaby Lake generation. In addition, it adopts the 2/4 core/thread count using the HyperThreading technology. The speeds vary in the 2.7 – 3.5 GHz range and it is still rated at 15W. The specs sheet is complemented by 4MB last level cache, as well as a dual-channel memory controller that supports DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, and DDR3L-1600. The integrated GPU here is once again Intel UHD Graphics 620 clocked at 300-1050 MHz.
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
For the purposes of this juxtaposition, we have chosen to compare the performance of the two chips found in Acer Aspire 5 and HP EliteBook 850 G4 respectively. Looking at the charts above, the results in the 3D rendering (tested with Cinebench 15) are almost identical – if we have to be precise, however, Intel Core i3-8130U outperforms its opponent with around 1%. In addition, it is 14% faster than Intel Core i7-7500U in the Adobe Photoshop test. However, the 7th gen processor shows 3% better results in our raw synthetic benchmarks (tested with Fritz).
In conclusion, you undoubtedly witnessed a really tight race, however, if we have to name a winner it would be the 8th gen Intel Core i3-8130U as it shows better results in 2/3 benchmark tests.