Intel Core i5-8260U

Intel Core i5-8260U Benchmark

Intel Core i5-8260U Processor benchmark, specs and release date - 2 GHz 4 core Intel 8th Generation Core i5 BGA 1528 CPU rating. Is the Core i5-8260U good for gaming?

CPU Benchmark Score

46 %
Very Good score from 1 sample
High uncertainty

Ranked 367th out of 1,337 in the CPU Database.

Overall Gaming Multitasking Heavy Workloads
46 % 58 % 43 % 42 %
Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good

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CPU Comparison

The Intel Core i5-8260U compared against popular alternatives. Compare against more CPUs with our CPU Comparison Tool.

Intel Core i5-8260U
46 %
AMD Ryzen 5 3550U
45 %
Intel Core i3-9100F
34 %
Intel Core i3-9100
34 %
Intel Core i5-8265U
28 %
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
27 %
Intel Core i5-8250U
25 %


Clock Speed 1.6 GHz
Turbo Speed 3.9 GHz
Cores 4
Threads 8
PCIe Revision 3
PCIe Lanes 16
Socket BGA 1528
Family 8th Generation Core i5
Memory Type DDR4-2400
Memory Channels 2
Max Memory 64 GiB
Release Date 2019-11-01
Supports ECC Memory No
TDP 15 W

Intel Core i5-8260U

The Core i5-8260U is a 4 core CPU from Intel released in 2019. This chip has a very good overall score at 46% in our CPU benchmark. Our gaming benchmark shows that this CPU is a very good processor for gaming, with a score of 58%. As for multitasking and heavy workloads, the Core i5-8260U scores 43% and 42% respectively. Indeed, this is a very good rating for very heavy workloads.

The Core i5-8260U has 4 cores and 8 threads. This CPU makes use of simultaneous multithreading technology to improve performance on parallel tasks. Each physical CPU core is divided into multiple logical processors. This Intel CPU has a clock speed of 1.6 GHz and a turbo speed of 3.9 GHz : a higher clock speed that can be reached when thermals and power delivery allow.

As for memory, the Core i5-8260U makes use of DDR4-2400 memory. The faster the memory, the better. Faster memory means that the CPU doesn't have to wait to get the data it needs. It can accommodate a maximum of 64 GiB of memory. Furthermore, this chip can handle up to 2 channels of RAM, a multichannel memory architecture allows for higher data transfer between the CPU and the memory. However, to take advantage of this, you must have enough memory slots filled. Error correcting memory is not supported on this processor.

This CPU has fast connectivity with support for PCI-Express Gen 3. The faster the PCIe link, the better. This allows for better performance with GPUs and NVME SSDs. It has a total of 16 PCIe lanes.

Power and thermals for the Intel Core i5-8260U CPU are a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 15 watts. This measures the amount of heat the processor produces when running at full load. This isn't a measure of power consumption, but it's good estimate.

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