Intel Core i5-8300H vs Intel Core i5-7300HQ – benchmarks and performance comparison

We are going to conclude our group of articles in which we compare the entry-level Intel Core i5-8300H to other worthy rivals with one last battle between the 8th gen processor and a 7th gen representative – the Intel Core i5-7300HQ. Follow this link to see how the i5 chip performs against the top-shelf Intel Core i7-7700HQ.

Visit our Top Laptop CPU Ranking to check these two and many more CPUs.

Specs overview

Starting off with the entry-level Intel Core i5-8300H, which is based on the 8th gen Coffee Lake-H architecture. Manufactured through a 14nm process, the chip offers a total of 4 cores and is able to execute up to 8 threads simultaneously thanks to the Hyper-Threading technology. What’s more, Intel Core i5-8300H runs at a base frequency of 2.30 GHz and can reach up to 4.00 GHz in Turbo mode. Other essential specs include 8MB of L3 Cache, support for up to 2666 MHz dual-channel DDR4 memory controller with a maximum capacity of 64GB, as well as 45W TDP. In addition, the integrated GPU here is Intel UHD Graphics 630 with a base clock speed of 300MHz and a turbo boost frequency of 1.15 GHz.

Moving on to Intel Core i5-7300HQ, it is part of the 7th Generation Kaby Lake CPUs. Manufactured through a 14nm process, the chip adopts the 4/4 core/thread count and is clocked at 2.5 GHz, while its Turbo Boost frequency is 3.5 GHz. The specs sheet is complemented by 6MB last level cache, as well as a dual-channel memory controller that supports DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133, and DDR3L-1600, as well as a TDP of 45W which includes the iGPU. Speaking of which, the chip integrates an Intel HD Graphics 630 graphics chip clocked at 350 – 1000 MHz.

You can check out the full specs of the Intel Core i5-8300H and the Intel Core i5-7300HQ.


Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower 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 decided to compare the performance of the two chips found in Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52 and Acer Aspire 7 A717-71G respectively. Looking at the charts above, Intel Core i5-8300H shows around 65% better results when it comes to 3D rendering (tested with Cinebench 15). Moreover, the i5 chip is 46% faster in the Adobe Photoshop test. On top of that, Intel Core i5-8300H once again exceeds Intel Core i5-7300HQ with the impressive 59% in our raw synthetic benchmarks (tested with Fritz).


Judging by the fact that Intel Core i5-8300H smashes its opponent in all 3/3 benchmarks with a huge difference in numbers, it would be only fair to announce the 8th gen CPU as the winner in today’s comparison.

All laptops equipped with the Intel Core i5-8300H

All laptops equipped with the Intel Core i5-7300HQ


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