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Intel Core i5-8250U (Kaby Lake-R, 8th generation) benchmarks and early impressions

By Andrei Girbea , updated on September 11, 2017

As of late August 2017 Intel announced the first quad-core eight-thread platform designed for ultra-portable computers. The CPUs in this line are sold as 8th generation processors, although in reality they are an update of the 7th generation hardware line and are called Kaby Lake-R (efresh). According to Intel’s new naming policy, the 8th gen series includes these KabyLake-R CPUs already released, but also the Coffee Lake and Canon Lake CPUs that will be released in the future. However, that shouldn’t matter much to you as a potential buyer.

The platform’s particularities on the other hand should, and we’ve already spent time with two laptops (Acer Spin 5, Asus Zenbook UX331UN) built on the entry-level processor of the 8th gen line, the Core i5-8250U. The paragraphs below include our impressions, benchmark results and comparisons to the existing Core i5-7200U and i7-7500U CPUs.

But first, here’s what you should know about the Kaby Lake-R platform. It includes 4-core 8-thread Core i5 and i7 processors built on a revised 14+ nm lithography, with a TDP of 15 W and support for up to 32 GB of up to DDR4-2400 memory. They also integrate the same Intel HD 620 graphics chip that’s part of the dual-core KabyLake processors. However, in order to accommodate the 2x number of cores, the default speed per core is lower on the quad-core models, with Turbo Speeds compensating for that with most loads, and as you’ll see below that’s both a fast performing and an efficient solution.

The Kaby Lake-R CPUs will make it into a large numbers of ultraportable laptops and mid-tier full-size notebooks, with or without dedicated graphics. We compiled a full-list of all these laptops in this dedicated article.

With that in mind, let’s get to the main topic of this article, the Core i5-8250U processor. You’ll find the important technical specs below.

And here’s how it compares to the dual-cores and the Core i5-7300HQ, the closest quad-core alternative available until now.

i5-8250U (Ark)
i5-7200U (Ark)
i5-7300HQ (Ark)
i7-7500U (Ark)
Litography14 nm14 nm14 nm14 nm
CPU Base Frequency1.6 GHz2.5 GHz2.5 GHz2.7 GHz
CPU Max Turbo3.4 GHz3.1 GHz3.5 GHz3.5 GHz
Cache6 MB3 MB6 MB4 MB
Max Memory
32 GB32 GB64 GB32 GB
GraphicsIntel HD 620Intel HD 620Intel HD 630Intel HD 620
Graphics Speed300- 1100 MHz300- 1000 MHz350- 1050 MHz300- 1050 MHz
PCIe lines12121612

Alright, so compared to the i5-7200U and the i5-7500U, the newer i5-8250U has two more cores and four more threads, more Cache memory and slightly faster Intel HD 620 graphics capable of reaching marginally higher Turbo Speeds. The base CPU frequency on the other hand is much lower, but the Turbo Speeds are comparable or improved over the dual-core i5s and i7s, and that’s why the i5-8250U is a match for the dual-cores in terms of single-core performance and a big step-up in multi-core activities. More about that in a bit.

Compared to the i5-7300HQ, the i5-8250U is a lot more efficient, gets four more threads and more cache. As far as performance goes, well, here’s what to expect.

While I don’t believe synthetic benchmarks make much sense for real-life use, they’re the best way to actually fair these CPUs one against the other. We ran a couple of CPU benchmarks, and the results are below.

CPU Benchmarksi5-8250U S1
i5-8250U S2i5-7200Ui5-7300HQi7-7500U
Cinebench R15 CPU486 cb527 cb~326 cb~512 cb~338 cb
Cinebench R15 CPU – Single Core136 cb143 cb~128 cb~142 cb~143 cb
Cinebench R11.5 CPU5.66 pts5.98 pts~3.7 pts~5.7 pts~3.8 pts
Cinebench R11.5 CPU – Single Core1.58 pts1.64 pts~1.5 pts~1.5 pts~1.7 pts
Geekbench 4.0 – Multi Core1224313220~6790~9300~8070
Geekbench 4.0 – Single Core41944053~3630~3720~4150
Passmark – CPU test79207945~4600~6800~5200
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 – Pass 230.4 fps42.23 fps~21.6 fps~32.3 fps~21.6 fps
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 – Pass 1137.93 fps156.24 fps~113 fps~155 fps~117.1 fps
3DMark – FireStrike Physics74417918~4640~6370~5430

The i5-8250U results are based on two review units (S1, S2) we’ve spent time with. Keep in mind they’re both pre-production samples and these numbers might actually improve with better optimized drivers down the line. Both worked fine though and I’m comfortable to say that’s mostly what we should expect from this CPU.

The other results are based on our reviews and the averages for those CPUs from notebookcheck.net, as they have a larger pool of reviews in their database.

Overall, the i5-8250U improves on all the dual-cores on multi-core performance and it beats the i7-7500U in terms of single-core performance in most tests. It’s neck in neck with the i5-7300HQ CPU in multi-core benchmarks though, despite having four extra threads, and that’s because the i5-8250U cannot maintain 3.4 GHz Turbo Speeds in continuous full loads (Cinebench, x264 Bench). I noticed the same behavior on both our samples, as you can see in the pictures below.

The CPU maintains high Turbo speeds for a short while, which is corroborated with a package TDP of 25 W or higher, but after a few seconds it drops to the standard 15 W TDP and the frequencies drop to 2.2 – 2.3 GHz.

That means that if you need the best option for multi-core performance, the 45 W Core i7 HQs are still the ones to get right now, but the i5-8250U is there next to the i5-7300HQ in most cases, while requiring a third of the power.

We also ran a couple of GPU benchmarks for the Intel HD 620 chips on the i5-8250U configurations and we’re comparing the results to the average HD 620 results from notebookcheck.net.

GPU Benchmarks GraphicsHD 620 S1HD 620 S2HD 620 average
3DMark 11P1741P1862P1628
3DMark – FireStrike Graphics10171021916

Nothing unexpected here, the results on the i5-8250U are a little higher than the norm, as the chips can reach slightly higher Turbo Speeds.

There’s also the topic of gaming on an the i5-8250U configuration to discuss, but I can’t draw any firm conclusions based on our two samples. What I can tell you is that the CPU wasn’t be able to maintain 3.4 GHz speeds in recent games on either of the units, with a significant drop on the configuration that relied solely on the i5-8250U and the Intel HD 620 integrated chip (S1 in the pics below), and a smaller loss on a configuration that came with dedicated Nvidia graphics on the side (S2 in the pics). That makes sense, as the GPU integrated withing the processor is inactive in this latter case and as a result the actual cores can run at higher frequencies, not having to share energy with the GPU, within the TDP restrictions.

I’d reckon you’ll also be interested on the matters of temperatures, noise and battery life for the KabyLake-R configurations, and while I don’t want to generalize and I encourage you to read the specific reviews for the devices you’re interested in, I can say that these are on par with what we’ve seen on dual-core Kaby Lake builds in the last year.


With all these in mind, if I were in the market for a high-performance ultraportable right now, I see no reason why I wouldn’t pick one of the KabyLake-R models. I would note that I can’t yet conclude on the gaming experience, due to the drop in core speeds we noticed on one of our samples, but if I were into gaming I wouldn’t rely on the Intel HD graphics anyway, but rather go with a thin-and-light with dedicated Nvidia graphics.

For everyday multitasking and demanding loads that put stress on the CPU though, the KabyLake-R Core i5-8250U is an obvious pick over the dual-core i5-7200U and i7-7500U, but also a better balanced and much more efficient alternative to the quad-core i5 HQ processors. The i5-8250U is also just a tad more expensive than the i5-7200U and about $100 cheaper than the i7-7500U, so configurations built around it should have a pretty fair price as well.

Of course, the i5-8250U is just the entry level chip in the KabyLake-R series, with higher clocked i5s and i7s also available for those interested in even more power in this small and efficient package. I’ve yet to spend any time with these for now, so we’ll talk about them in future posts.

Bottom point, the quad-core Core U CPUs are one of the most significant upgrades we’ve seen on thin-and-light ultraportable laptops in the last years, and they’ll make their way into a bunch of devices in the second half of 2017 and later on. Here’s a full list, and stay around for reviews and updates. That aside, the comments section is wide open, so get in touch if you have anything to add, any questions or any feedback.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at Ultrabookreview.com. I never liked carrying big laptops around and that fueled my passion for mobile computers back in the 2000s. Things have changed much since then, but I'm still interested in the topic and in the meantime I've owned and tested hundreds of thin and lights, so I know a thing or two about them. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.


  1. johndoe

    August 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Thank you for such an honest review.
    I found the information I needed to make a decision whether to buy or not the laptop with KabyLake-R. Miracle has no happened.

  2. James

    August 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the review. Is it safe to say that for video editing it will be better to buy now I7 7700HQ over i7 8650u?

  3. Ddd

    August 30, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Have you done any testing with a eGPU yet? Can these or the i7 quad core U version power a higher end GFX card for gaming?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 30, 2017 at 2:45 am

      I'll have a post on a laptop with this i5 and Nvidia MX150 graphics. Perhaps some OEMs might pair these quad-core 15W CPUs with gtx 1050s, but I doubt we'll see them on full size gaming laptops. Once portability is not a concern, the 45W quad-cores make more sense performance wise.

      • DM

        August 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        There is a weird rumor that the refresh for Legion Y720 will keep the discrete GPUs, but replace the HQ cpus with quad core U's: liliputing.com/2017/08/lenovos-kaby-lake-r-lineup-includes-new-yoga-ideapad-legion-laptops-leaks.html

        • Andrei Girbea

          August 31, 2017 at 2:39 pm

          Yeah, I've heard, but from what I've seen these configs come with AMD graphics, not with the 1060 that's available on the standard y720.

  4. Marco

    September 1, 2017 at 4:52 am


    Very good article.

    One comment: could it be possible to update the table as the iGPU line for the 8th generation is called UHD, not HD?

    Intels is really serious now regarding its GPU…

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      I will, but it's pretty much the same chip, just a minor bump in frequency.

  5. CuriousK

    September 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Sorry, but i'm just a little curious. If I'm getting a laptop for graphic design purposes (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & basically Adobe Suites). Which of the processor (i7-8550U & i7-7700HQ) would perform better?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 2, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      the i7-7700HK, but it would depends on your loads and activities. For basic things, the U will do as well, for heavier use that put as train on the CPU, the HQ is the better pick.

      • CuriousK

        September 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        May I know what are some examples of heavier use?

        • Andrei Girbea

          September 3, 2017 at 4:39 am

          edit a longer movie in Premiere, edit a bit batch of photos in Premiere, apply complex effects in Photoshop, run virtual machines, etc.

  6. Evgeni Popov

    September 5, 2017 at 6:08 am

    The i5 7300hq is with 6GB of chache not 4GB. The bus speed of the i5 7300hq is 8 GB/s and for the i5 8259u is 4 GB/s and the PC lanes 16 vs 12 for the i5 8250u.
    Will teh Lenovo Y520 be released with the new i5 8250u , when and what will be the price?
    What will be the better decision to buy now a Lenovo Y520 with i5 7300u or wait for a new with i5 8250u?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks, updated. Not sure about the Legion, but if I'd want the laptop for demanding loads and even gaming, I'd probably get the i5-7300HQ configuration. As an allrounder, the Core U i5 is better balanced: still fast enough, but more efficient.

  7. Jarecki

    September 11, 2017 at 7:20 am

    UX331UN???? When? :)

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Finishing it up right now. So today or tomorrow.

  8. Perry

    September 11, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Hi there,

    I really love your review.

    I was thinking to buy a MacBook Pro 13 to replace my old MacBook Air. But I see the 8250U with 40% increase in performance, sounds amazing. What about the battery life? Will the 2 more cores increase power consumption?

    Do you think it worth the wait to buy a MBP 13 next year? Probably another 6 month waiting…….


    • Andrei Girbea

      September 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      You should read some user reviews. The 13-inch MBP is a nice laptop, but expensive. As long as you can live with a Windows laptop, you'll probably find better value for the money in this camp.

      These CPUs down-clock when they don't have to run at full-speed and have the same TDP as the previous dual-core ULVs. In theory, that means they don't need much power, and based on the few laptops I've already reviewed with the i5-8250U, that's also true in real use.

      • Perry

        September 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        Thanks for getting back to me.

        I have used to the mac os system in the past 5years, and dont think I can go back to windows right now.
        The current MBP13 equipped with the 7267U, compare with the 8250U, what's the real world difference? The base clock of the 8250U only has 1.6GHZ, will this become an issue compare with the 3.1ghz 7267U?

        • Andrei Girbea

          September 12, 2017 at 4:06 am

          Multi core performance is better on the quad-cores like the 8250U and 8550U, but it will be hard to actually notice that in real life. Performance shouldn't be a concern on the 13 MBP imo, my nits are with the keyboard and battery life. I haven't used it extensively so I'm not going to say more thant hat, but you'll find a lot of opinions about it online and on Youtube.

          As for waiting for the update, I don't know when that's going to happen, but probably not that soon. There are two more Intel CPU series scheduled for the next 6 months and Apple are usually not very speedy to upgrade their devices

  9. Mike

    September 22, 2017 at 10:44 pm


    Nice review! My laptop died recently and I'm shopping for a new one. I looking at a Lenovo Flex 5 with an i5-7200U processor. I don't do anything that you've defined as "heavy use". I mainly surf the web, stream movies, edit the occasional photo and use Word and, to a lesser extent, Excel. Should I wait for Lenovo to upgrade the processors in the Flex line of laptops? Or am I OK getting one with a 7th Gen processor?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 23, 2017 at 3:04 am

      No, the i5-7200U is a solid option for your needs. Make sure to get at least 8 GB of RAM and if the budget allows, an SSD, it's going to make a big difference.

  10. Yash

    October 16, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Hey there!
    Your review was really helpful.
    I want to buy HP Pavilion cc102tx with an 8th gen i5-8250 processor. Would that be okay for my requirements mentioned below?
    I will be doing mild photo and video editing along with gaming like GTA 5, COD MW4.
    Could you please help me with this decision?

  11. Mehul Saluja

    October 24, 2017 at 1:37 am

    is i5 8250U a better choice over i5 7200U for video editing

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 24, 2017 at 4:03 am

      I'd say yes, but only as long as the software you're using knows how to use the four cores and eight threads.

  12. Lukas

    October 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    First of all thank you for a nice review
    So I am looking for a new laptop and its hard for me to decide what is the best choice for me. I need it for using Autocad and regular use for studies. Not for games. Can you recommend me some specificatios that wuould be enough for my usage. I can't decide should I buy a gaming lapopt, because it has good specs for a better price or it would be enough for me to buy smaller and lighter laptop with, for example:i5-7200U,NVIDIA® GeForce GT 940MX,8gb ram..? bugdet is under 1000$. Thank you very much!

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 26, 2017 at 4:21 am

      Autocad is the break point. You either go for a full size laptop with a Core HQ processor for the extra performance, or you go with the thinner and lighter Core Us and accept that these will work a little slower with demanding loads. I'd probably go for a Core i7-7500U configuration with 8-16 GB of RAM. If you're in the US I'm hearing Costco offers the Zenbooks UX430UN (i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, MX150 graphics) for $999. There's also the HP envy to consider and the new Acer Swift 3, with similar Core U/ MX150 configurations

      • Lukas

        October 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm

        Thank you sir!

  13. beth wilson

    December 6, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    good article. I am not a computer geek, don't understand a lot of what makes one laptop better than another. I am looking for a laptop for my 14 year old. She is not a heavy gamer. Plays a little minecraft, watches you tube, and Netflix. I will use it for editing pictures. I am considering HP 15-BS015DX – 15.6" HD Touch – Core i5-7200U – 8GB Memory – 1TB HDD or HP Pavilion 15-cc123cl Touchscreen Laptop – Intel Core i5 •Intel Core i5-8250U Processor at 1.6GHz. The i5-7200U processor speed is 2.5 ghz. So is the i5-7200 faster than the i5-8250? which is a better speed/performance laptop?

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 7, 2017 at 4:34 am

      HI Beth.

      What's your budget? The i5-8250U is the one to aim for, it's faster than the other i5s and about the same price, but it's part of newer configuration and in the end you'll probably end up paying more for one of these. Still, that's what I'd get, preferably with 8 GB of RAM and some sort of SSD storage. SSD is faster than the HDD and its perhaps the single most important upgrade you can make to get a computer that feels very fast.

      If the budget doesn't allow to get an i5-8250u laptop, get an i5-7200U, but with 8 GB of RAM and SSD. Hope this helps, please get back if you have other questions.

    • beth wilson

      December 7, 2017 at 8:48 am

      around $500. This is the it-8250 I was looking at. It has SATA. Don't think laptop with SSD is in my budget. This 85=8250 has only a 1.5 mgz processor compared to the it-7200U that had 2.5 ghz.


      this is the one with the i5-7200U


      • Andrei Girbea

        December 7, 2017 at 10:20 am

        Well, I wouldn't get either.

        I'd rather get something like this around that budget: amazon.com/Acer-E5-575G-57D4-15-6-Inches-Notebook-i5-7200U/dp/B01LD4MGY4/ . SSD and better screen, plus it's been available for a while and you can read about the negatives.

        Don't worry about those differences in speed, modern processors have a default speed (1.5 vs 2.5), but also Turbo speeds and the CPU can boost to those when needed. In reality the i5-8250U works at Turbo speeds when required and is faster than the i5-7200U. Withing your budget you'd be better with an i5-7200U configuration and preferably a better screen and perhaps the SSD. Maybe you can find some other deals these days, Dell and Lenovo tend to have good discounts as well.

        • beth wilson

          December 11, 2017 at 7:07 pm

          I ordered the Acer-E5-575G-57D4 from Amazon today. Thanks for your input.

          • Andrei Girbea

            December 12, 2017 at 11:08 am

            Hope it works well for you. Please let me know.

  14. Itakpe Emmanuel

    December 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Hello, Andrei really love the replies on people's ques. I love what Intel did with d lower base clock really efficient. Hoping to see amd mobile Zen 2 45w apu with igpu of 20 CU's that can match mobile gtx 1050's n probably vr enabled. My que is if a laptop has enough thermal headroom and in 2 variants i5 8250u vs i5 7300hq without thermal bottleneck can the i5 8250u maintain turbo clock and neck or outperform the i5 7300hq?. (Both CPU's have the same dedicated gpu's). Thanks

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 12, 2017 at 11:03 am

      The 7300HQ will probably outperform the 8250U in most high-load everyday tasks, because most apps are not going to benefit from the increased number of threads of the U version and rather favor the higher- base clocks of the HQ CPU. And that's because with demanding loads the Core U clocks down, it's designed to behave like this in order to remain within its 15W power package.

  15. Janine

    December 12, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you for the great, in-depth review.
    I'm in no way a computer guru?! My computer usage mainly consists of surfing, some youtube, some limited photo editing (cropping, brightness, etc.), and creating videos of grand-kids from photos and videos that I've taken.
    Here are three 2-in-1's that I've been looking at:




    I tend to keep computers for a long time. These are all currently at $699. If there is something less expensive that would work well for me, that would of course be great.

    Two questions:
    – Would you suggest one of these or a different 2-in-1?
    – You replied to someone above about making certain the video editing software knows how to use the four cores and eight threads of the i5-8250U. What software would you suggest for creating videos and photo editing?

    Thank you!

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 13, 2017 at 4:54 am

      I'll start with the end of the comment. Premiere known to use the 8-threads, but favors higher frequencies, and these 8th gen processors run at lower speeds than the previous dual-cores with continuous loads. I haven't personally compared performance in Premiere and other editing software, but perhaps you can find some data about it on Youtube and the forums.

      As far as the options go, all those have their pros and cons. Costco is unfortunately not loading with my ISP so I can't check out the exact configurations, but make sure they have an IPS screen, 8 GB of RAM and preferably SSD storage. Out of those three, I've only properly reviewed the SPin 5 and is a pretty solid option, but the other two aren't bad either. Make sure to read some reviews and narrow down their pros/cons and decide based on what matters more for you.

      • Janine

        December 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

        Hi … Thank you for the reply and feedback. I'll look into premiere and see what I can find out.
        The laptops all have: 8GB RAM, 256 SSD, and IPS screens. Lenovo and Acer have i5-8250U, while Dell is i7-8550U. Lenovo does have 256GB PCIe SSD and 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics.
        Here are the specs:
        Lenovo Flex 5: i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4 (1-DIMM) RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics, 14" Touchscreen LED-backlit IPS FHD, 802.11 Wireless-AC + Bluetooth® 4.1, Harman Speakers
        Acer Spin 5: i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4 (1-DIMM) RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3" Touchscreen WLED-backlit FHD IPS, Intel HD 620 Graphics, Dual-Band Wireless-AC WLAN (featuring MU-MIMO) + Bluetooth 4.1, Acer TrueHarmony High-Performance Sound System, 2x Integrated Stereo speakers
        Dell Inspiron 5000: i7-8550U, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3 Touchscreen IPS Truelife LED Backlit FHD, Intel HD 620 Integrated Graphics
        Thank you again for your educated input.

        • Andrei Girbea

          December 14, 2017 at 4:36 am

          Well, if you're going to play any games, the Lenovo is the better pick. Otherwise, idk, each one is OK. Is there any way you can see them in any physical store and check out the builds, design, keyboard? These things are subjective and should help steer towards one or the other.

          As a side note, the Dell only gets a 42 Wh battery, smaller than the others. So my final pick would be between the Acer and Lenovo.

          • Janine

            December 14, 2017 at 5:33 am

            Thanks. I saw the Lenovo in store. When I wasn't into the HP screen, the HP rep working there suggested the Lenovo. It felt solid, but lighter and thinner then the Acer. It had the PCIe and extra 2GB dedicated graphics, so I bought it. Guess it's time to open it and use it?!
            Thanks for your input and your honest reviews!

          • Andrei Girbea

            December 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

            Alright, hope it work well for you.

  16. Niket Singhania

    January 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Hello Sir,
    Thanks for the detailed review, really appreciate it a lot.

    Just wanted to ask whether it is in our hand(the turbo boost thing) or is it automactic.
    Like is it so that we will get only 1.6 GHz all the time and we have to do some sort of programming and stuff to get that turbo boost, or is it automatically controled by software…

    I also wanted to ask whether I should go for i5 7200U or i58250U if I use it for songs recording and editing purpose..??

    Eagerly waiting for your reply
    Thank you very much again.

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 3, 2018 at 5:02 am

      Modern CPUs adjust their speed automatically. the i5-8250U is much faster in multi-thread applications than the i5-7200U.

  17. navi

    January 3, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Is the i5-8250 better than the i7-7500?please share your thoughts on this.

  18. Bogdan Faina

    January 9, 2018 at 8:15 am


    I am writing from Europe.

    I would greatly appreciate your opinion on this 2 configurations in terms performance, price and future-proof (3-4 years).

    (I would consider adding a SSD___+100€)


    Usage profile would be office (university related stuff), some occasional pictures editing and CAD. Occasionally taken around.

    What would you recommend?

    Thank you very much,


    • Andrei Girbea

      January 9, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      The Aspire 7 is a nicer laptop, but that configuration only comes with a HDD and is going to be slow for daily use. Plus, if you're not playing games, you\re not going to benefit much from the GTX 1050 graphics.

      so among those two, I'd go with the Aspire 5 configuration and upgrade the RAM to 16 GB. There are reviews for both here on the site, if you're interested in their potential quirks.

  19. Jalal Nazir

    January 10, 2018 at 5:30 am

    I bought hp-8350u few days ago, and my laptop's hard disk makes knocking (click, click….) sound on startup
    is it sign of upcoming failure? my laptop is under warranty.

  20. Kristof

    January 13, 2018 at 11:26 am

    So the 8250u in terms of long usage is weaker then the previous gen, because it can't mantain the high frequency for long. So if I use anything that requires the cpu longer, will I see a significant drop in performance?

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 15, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Not compared to the dual-core i5s, as you can see from the benchmarks. It runs at hiogh Turbos for a few seconds in demanding loads, and then the speeds drop, but even so the overall performance is a significant step-up from the dual cores.

      • Kristof

        January 17, 2018 at 12:48 pm

        That is good to hear. I was a bit sceptical about the 8th gen, but I should choose this over the old one it seems. Or maybe I will wait with the new laptop buying until cannon lake comes out.

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