Core i5-7300U vs Core i7-7700HQ specs and performance
In our benchmarks, the Core i7-7700HQ beats the Core i5-7300U in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-7300U in all gaming tests too.
When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i7-7700HQ has significantly more cores with 4 cores compared to the Core i5-7300U that has 2 cores. It also has more threads than the Core i5-7300U. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i7-7700HQ has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i5-7300U. Also, the Core i7-7700HQ has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Core i5-7300U CPU outputs less heat than a Core i7-7700HQ CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.
Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Core i5-7300U has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.