Intel Core i7-8650U vs Intel Xeon E3-1220 v3

Compare Intel 8th Generation Core i7 4 core CPU vs Intel Xeon E3 v3 Family 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

23 %
15% slightly better overall score
20 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

37 %
39 %
5% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

19 %
26% slightly better multitasking score
15 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

18 %
20% slightly better heavy workload score
15 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

1% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

9% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



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
63% significantly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
20% slightly higher turbo speed
4 GHz


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

15 W
433% significantly lower TDP
80 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

33% slightly more pcie lanes

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

754th of 1,337
799th of 1,337


The product line

8th Generation Core i7
Xeon E3 v3 Family

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2017
May 2013

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 i7-8650U vs Xeon E3-1220 v3 comparison

In our benchmarks, the Core i7-8650U beats the Xeon E3-1220 v3 in overall performance. Despite this, the Xeon E3-1220 v3 has the advantage in our gaming benchmark.

Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores but the Core i7-8650U has more threads. Our comparison shows that the Xeon E3-1220 v3 has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-8650U. Despite this, the Core i7-8650U has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Core i7-8650U CPU outputs less heat than a Xeon E3-1220 v3 CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i7-8650U has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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