I7-8550U Processor
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The I7-8550U Processor released by Intel on August 21, 2007, solved the problem for superlight laptops. I must say that it got a lot of market attention because these superlight laptops have an increasing demand rate in the market. This 8th Gen Processor is a 64-bit quad-core performance x86 mobile microprocessor. And is based on an enhanced version of the Kaby Lake microarchitecture.

I7-8550U is a quad-core processor but with a little low frequency of 1.8 GHz with a TDP of 15 W and Turbo Boost frequency of up to 4 GHz. Quad-Core Processors not being only confined to heavy laptops are now coming to light ones. Hence, increasing its popularity in the market. Talking of the performance, it solely depends on the cooling system of the laptops and the defined TDP for short and long term performance. Though it can’t assure a good game quality because of the Integrated Graphics. But this small problem can be solved with the dedicated slot.

Specifications of I7-8550U

General

  • No. of Cores – 4
  • No. of Threads – 8
  • Processor Base Frequency – 1.80 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency – 4.00 GHz
  • Cache – 8 MB 
  • Bus Speed – 4 GT/s OPI
  • TDP – 15 W
  • Configurable TDP(up) – 25 W
  • Configurable TDP(down) – 10 W
Memory Specifications
  • Max Memory Size – 32 GB
  • Memory Types – DDR4 (2400), LPDDR3 (2133)
  • Max No. of Memory Channels – 2
  • Max Memory Bandwidth – 37.5 GB/s

Processor Graphics

  • Processor Graphics – Intel® UHD Graphics 620
  • Graphics Base Frequency – 300 MHz
  • Graphics Video Max Memory – 32 GB
  • Max Resolution (HDMI 1.4) – 4096×2304@24Hz
  • Max Resolution (DP) – 4096×2304@60Hz
  • PCI Express Revision – 3.0
  • PCI Express Configurations – 1×4, 2×2, 1×2+2×1 and 4×1
  • Max No. of PCI Express Lanes – 12
  • T (JUNCTION) – 100°C
  • Package Size – 42mm X 24mm
  • Turbo Boost Technology – 2.0
  • Instruction Set – 64-bit
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Product Review
Intel 8th Gen Processors
Talking about whether you should buy this one or not, it’s pretty confusing to give this suggestion. If you just want it for simple personal use, video editing or using some of the Adobe Softwares, etc. then I would recommend you to go for it. Though its graphics specifications are not that much, so you would face problems with high graphics software. Also if you want it for high core gaming then you can’t simply take it along, you will surely need a dedicated graphics slot with it. Seeing the performances, I must say that it would work up to its best with a better cooling system.

Benchmark

According to the data from UserBenchmark, it gets an average benchmark of 57.2% that is considered to be fairly good. The TDP is still specified with 15 Watt but depending on the usage scenario, the TDP can vary between 7.5 to 25 Watt. The improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before. Considering Gaming, this processor works better for the latest games compared to its previous versions. At last, it’s not bad at performance and I would recommend you to go for it if you are looking for everyday use and simple gaming.

You can have a look at some of the Laptops containing I7 – 8550U here at Amazon

 

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