Intel Core i7-8550U vs Intel Core i7-5960X

Comparison of technical characteristics between computer processors, with the Intel Core i7-5960X on one hand, and the Intel Core i7-8550U on the other hand. The first has a total of 8 cores, 16 threads, a maximum frequency of 3.5 GHz, a thermal design power of 140 W. The second has 4 cores, 8 threads, its turbo frequency reaches 4.0 GHz, its TDP is set to 15 W. The following table also allows us to compare the lithography, the number of transistors (if indicated), the amount of cache memory, the maximum RAM memory capacity, the type of memory accepted, the launch date, the maximum number of PCIe lines , the values obtained in Geekbench 4 and Cinebench R15, as well as the price.


Processor Intel Core i7-8550U Intel Core i7-5960X
Family Kaby Lake R Haswell E
Part number(s), S-Spec FJ8067703281816,
Release date Q3 2017 Q3 2014
Lithography 14 nm+ 22 nm
Transistors 2,600,000,000
Cores 4 8
Threads 8 16
Base frequency 1.8 GHz 3.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.0 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cache 8 MB 20 MB
Max memory size 32 GB 64 GB
Memory types DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133 DDR4 1600/1866/2133
Max PCIe lanes 12 40
TDP 15 W 140 W
Socket BGA 1356 LGA 2011-3
Cinebench R15 single-thread 162 140
Cinebench R15 multi-thread 634 1,393
PassMark single thread 2,145 1,995
PassMark CPU Mark 8,305 15,950
Geekbench 4 single-core 4,194 4,683
Geekbench 4 multi-core 12,400 29,083
Rating 4.1 / 5 4.3 / 5
Number of reviews 1,264 149
Price $559
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We can better compare what are the technical differences between the two processors. The processor Intel Core i7-5960X has a larger number of cores, that the maximum frequency of the Intel Core i7-8550U is superior, that the TDP of the Intel Core i7-8550U is lower. The Intel Core i7-8550U has been launched after.

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Performance comparison between the two processors, for this we consider the following benchmarking softwares: Geekbench 4, PassMark and Cinebench R15.

Geekbench 4:

Processeur Geekbench 4 – Score multi-core & single-core – Windows 64-bit
Intel Core i7-5960X  4 683
 29 083
Intel Core i7-8550U  4 194
 12 400

Geekbench 4 is a complete benchmark platform with several types of tests, including data compression, image encryption, AES encryption, SQL encoding, HTML rendering, PDF rendering, Matrix calculation, Fast Fourier Transformation, 3D object simulation, photo editing, memory testing. This allows us to better visualize the respective power of these two chips. For each result, we took an average of 250 values on the famous benchmark software.

On the single-core side, the difference is 12%. In multi-core, the difference in terms of gap is 135%.


Processeur PassMark – CPU Mark & single thread
Intel Core i7-5960X  1,995
Intel Core i7-8550U  2,145

PassMark is a benchmarking software that performs several tests including prime numbers, integers, floating point, compression, physics, extended instructions, encryption, sorting. Higher is the score, bigger is the power of the computer.

On PassMark, there is a difference of 8% in single-core. On the multi-core side, the gap is 92%.

Cinebench R15:

Processeur Cinebench R15 – Score
Intel Core i7-5960X  140
Intel Core i7-8550U  162

Cinebench R15 allows to evaluate the performance of a CPU by rendering a photorealistic 3D scene. The scene has 2,000 objects, 300,000 polygons, antialiasing, uses sharp and fuzzy reflections, bright areas, procedural shaders, shadows, etc. Faster is the rendering of the scene created, more powerful is the PC, with a high number of points.

On this software, there is a difference of 16% in single-core. On the multi-core side, the gap reaches 120%.