Intel Core i5-8350U vs Intel Core i5-3550

Compare Intel 8th Generation Core i5 4 core CPU vs Intel Core 4 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

26 %
26 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

44 %
46 %
4% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

21 %
5% slightly better multitasking score
20 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

20 %
5% slightly better heavy workload score
19 %

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Number of physical processing units



Number of logical processing units

100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

2 GHz
3 GHz
94% significantly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

15 W
413% significantly lower TDP
77 W

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

32 GiB
32 GiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

678th of 1,337
693rd of 1,337


The product line

8th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2017
May 2012

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i5-8350U vs Core i5-3550 specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i5-8350U is faster than the Core i5-3550. Despite this, the Core i5-3550 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores but the Core i5-8350U has more threads. With our hardware info, we find that the Core i5-3550 has a significantly higher clock speed than the Core i5-8350U. Also, the Core i5-3550 has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Core i5-8350U CPU outputs less heat than a Core i5-3550 CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. Indeed, the Core i5-8350U has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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