Laptops have come a long way from the days they were seen as token items to the present where they are seen as an integral part of most people’s productivity workflows. As the importance of laptops has grown so has their power.
Laptops have become so powerful that they can now replace some desktop computers. Nothing reflects this better than the latest laptops that feature the latest Intel Core i7 8th generation CPUs.
These Intel Core i7 CPUs are 4 core 8 thread and 6 core 12 thread beasts. Due to their high core and thread count, they are best suited for applications that take advantage of powerful CPUs. These applications range from gaming, film and video editing, music production, 3D modelling, live streaming and so much more.
A look at the new 8th gen, Intel Core i7 CPUs
Before looking at the laptops that come with these CPUs, it is important to understand precisely what the CPUs they pack are capable of. Below is a table that outlines the specs of all the mobile(read laptop) Intel Core i7 CPU models.
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As you can see from the table, there are lots of options to choose from with criteria ranging from cache memory, clock speeds, integrated graphics and of course the number of cores and threads. The best i7 laptop for you should have adequate amounts of cache, a fast clock speed(both base and boost) and of course the right number of cores.
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If you need a laptop for multitasking and a bit of gaming, a quad-core i7 processor(the U-series) with 8MB of cache should be more than enough for your needs. Such a laptop has enough power for everyday productivity tasks and will not be too expensive, a factor that is important to many people.
Those looking for a high-end laptop with all the power required to crush any game as well as handle intensive tasks would do well to go with the hexacore i7 processors(H-series) with 9 MB or more of cache memory. Such a machine will allow you to run all the latest games in 4k and aid in 8k video editing.
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Most Core i5 laptops are excellent performers at an entry price point. In fact, some of them outperform some intel core i7 laptops. The 8th Gen quad-core i5 CPUs(H-series) outperform and are much more powerful than the quad-core i7 professors(U-series.)
To avoid confusion, we look at a comparison between the core i5s and the core i7s using benchmarks.
Cinebench R15 Multi-Core CPU Score
Cinebench R15 is a benchmark that checks the performance of a processor as well as that of a graphics card. It gives you an overview of how a CPU or a graphics card would perform in everyday tasks, for example, video editing or animation.
In the chart below, you will see how the Intel Core i5-8300H performs against the Intel Core i7-8550U and other 7th and 8th gen processors.
Higher is better
Intel Processors 3DMark Score
3D mark is used to analyse the performance of CPUs and GPUs as concerns their gaming capabilities. Using the chart below, you a see how well the core i5 and core i7 processors compare.
Higher is better
X264 HD Benchmark Test of Intel Processors Score
X264 is used to measure how fast a CPU can transcode a 1080p video file into x264. If you plan to use your laptop for video editing, this is an essential benchmark for you.
Lower is better in this case.
From the above benchmarks, there are several conclusions to be made:
- The Intel core i5-8300 perform better than the core i7-8550. This is attributed to the higher base clock speed of the core i5.
- Performance-based tasks would do better with the Intel Core i5-8300 than the core i7-8550.
That said, there is still an advantage to selecting a laptop using the core i7; battery efficiency. The U-Series (i7-8550U & i7-8650U) quad-core i7 processors are better optimised for battery efficiency. So if you need to go for a long time without charging, the U-Series (i7-8550U & i7-8650U) quad-core i7 processors are the best option for you.
Keep in Mind
Although the Quad core(H-series) Core i5 laptops are more powerful than the quad-core i7(U-series) laptops, the Intel hexacore laptops top both of them and are what you need if you need raw compute and performance power.
Our picks of the best 8th gen intel core i7 laptops
Acer Nitro 5
Acer updated the Nitro 5 to include an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz). The Nitro 5 comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM and Gigabit ethernet and wifi connections. The Core i7 model also comes with optional optane memory that sits between your RAM and storage to give you massive speed boosts.
The souped-up core i7 2018 model comes with 32GB of RAM and 512GB of NVMe PCIe storage. As for the ports, you get one USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), DisplayPort over USB-C, Two USB 3.0 Ports, one USB 2.0 port and one HDMI port. For the music lovers, you get two Built-in Front Facing Stereo Speakers and a Subwoofer.
Gigabyte Aero 15
The updated Gigabyte Aero 15 is a 15.6-inch laptop with a 1080p, 144hz display. The IPS panel has excellent viewing angles, with Gigabyte giving you a chance to upgrade to a 4K screen. The Aero 15 comes with a GTX 160, but the Aero 15x upgrades that to a GTX 1070.
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Both of these models come with up to 32GB of RAM and support of up to two M.2 SSD slots. In addition to the ethernet port, you will also get a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, two regular USB ports, an SD card reader as well as one HDMI 2.0 port on both models.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M
Next up, we have the latest ROG Zephyrus M from the home of great gaming laptops. This laptop packs an Intel Core i7-8750H (up to 3.9GHz) processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of NVMe PCIe storage. The 15.5 screen is a 144hz panel with support for Nvidia’s G-Sync technology.
Gamers have a choice of three models in this case:
- A model without the G-Sync display and an Nvidia GTX 1060
- One with the 144hz display and an Nvidia GTX 1060 and
- Another model with the 144hx display and a GTX 1070.
All the models come with one Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, one HDMI 2.0 port and four USB ports.
HP Envy 17t
HP is known for manufacturing some excellent devices, and the HP Envy 17t stands out as a business and gaming laptop. It is a 17.3-inch laptop, and although this might make it hard to carry around, it is meant to sit on your desktop more than anything else.
The display is a 17.3-inch full HD, IPS touchscreen display. This laptop is powered by the new 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U (1.8 GHz, up to 4 GHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores) and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated).
It comes with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage and 1TB of hard drive storage. For the ports, you get one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge) port, three USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 HP Sleep and Charge) and one HDMI port.
Recommended for you: The ASUS ROG G703(8th gen. Core i9 laptop)
Although we have been looking at core i7 laptops, it is imperative that we look at something else included in the 8th gen lineup, a laptop with a Core i9 CPU.
This is the desktop replacement you have been waiting for! The ASUS ROG G703 comes with an unlocked Core i9-8950HK processor, an overclocked GTX 1080 8GB, a 17.3” 144Hz 3ms G-SYNC panel, two slots for two 256GB PCIe SSDs, up to 2TB FireCuda SSHD and 32GB DDR4 RAM.
If you love gaming, you will love the built-in Xbox Wireless Controller Module. This controller allows you to connect this laptop to up to 8 X-box controllers. The ASUS ROG G703 also has an impressive keyboard with individual-key configurations, a 2.5mm travel distance and an excellent feel.
For connectivity, you get a single Thunderport 3 USB-C, three USB ports, a mini DisplayPort, an ethernet port, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader.
The ASUS ROG G703 is available right now although the i9 model could be out of stock. That said, you can still get the core i7 model which comes with:
- A 17.3″ Full HD,75HZ G-SYNC Display
- GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
- Intel i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
- 12GB DDR4 RAM
- 128GB SSD + 1TB 7200 rpm HDD
ASUS ROG G703 core i7 model
ASUS ROG G703 core i9 model