I need to buy Windows laptop for programming. I have some options, One laptop has i7-7700HQ, and other has i7-8550U.

In past, I thought, that U-Series processors are not for workstations and CPU-bound tasks. I wanted to buy some HQ laptop.

Today I have seen some videos and benchmarks, like this:




Now, I cannot understand, why these processes are almost equals.

Can you give me some advices, which processor should I buy and why?

  • In regard to I cannot understand, why these processes are almost equals. It is very simple, the i7-8550U is newer and Intel decided to put 4 cores in the new consumer line instead of the dual-core that the U line used to have. – Yisroel Tech Aug 15 '18 at 2:06
  • You did most of the heavy lifting yourself, the i7-8550 U is the better performing processor. In addition, U T S series processors are usually tuned for power savings over performance, so that means that the i7-8550 U is more power efficient. – Bennett Yeo Aug 15 '18 at 19:24
  • The 8th generation processors from Intel have finally been able to cram more cores into a power efficient package, though if you're looking for pure performance, you might want one of the 6 core H series CPUs. However, it would be easier for us to provide a good recommendation if you could give us a detailed workload (what compiler? what kind of projects?) and your budget, which would allow us to find a balanced system, perhaps cheaper or faster than you expected. Since laptops usually have soldered on CPUs these days... – timuzhti Aug 18 '18 at 13:19
  • It's usually easier just to group everything in one recommendation request. Be sure to include everything you're likely to want to do. – timuzhti Aug 18 '18 at 13:20

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