Intel Core i7-8650U 8th Gen Higher-End Quad-Core CPU for Business Laptops

The 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8650U laptop processor is very similar to its more popular i7-8550U sibling. Both are among the fastest laptop processors on the market. The main difference between these powerful quad-core chips is that the i7-8650U is slightly faster thanks to higher clock speeds of 1.9 GHz – 4.2 GHz as opposed to 1.8 GHz – 4 GHz. Also, the 8650U has Intel vPro built-in. vPro technology makes managing of PC systems in business environments easier and also provides enhanced security. It can be claimed that the i7-8650U is a business-class version of the i7-8550U, which is widely used in consumer laptops.

Intel Core i7-8650U CPU Benchmark

Intel Core i7-8650U 8th Gen Benchmark

User Benchmark CPU tests confirm the Intel Core i7-8650U is among the fastest laptop CPUs, while maintaining relatively low power consumption of 15 Watts. For comparison, its result is very similar to result of the 35-Watt 7th Gen i7-7700HQ you can find in powerful, pricey, and hot-running gaming laptops. What’s also very noticeable is a huge lead of the i7-8650U over its 7th Gen i7-7560U 15-Watt dual-core precursor.

The Core i7-8650U features the Intel UHD 620 (review). It’s a basic integrated graphics solution.

Specifications of the Intel Core i7-8650U

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Core i7-8650U:

Processor Name

Intel Core i7-8650U

CPU Family

8th Generation Intel Core "Kaby Lake R"

Number of Cores

Quad-core / 2 threads per core

CPU Clock Speed

1.9 GHz – 4.2 GHz

Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 (2133 MHz max. speed)

DDR4 (2400 MHz max. speed)

Integrated Graphics

Intel UHD 620

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

Business laptops & 2-in-1 PCs


Intel HyperThreading

Intel QuickSync Video

Intel TurboBoost

Intel vPro

VT-d virtualization

VT-x virtualization

User Benchmark Average CPU Score


Year of Release


Written by Dan on April 23, 2018

User reviews and Q&A on the Intel Core i7-8650U

Below you can read and submit user reviews, questions, and answers about the processor. Thank you for your contribution.

  1. Doris Coffey

    I was reading a comment by a user who said the processor is hard-wired to the UHD620 integrated graphics on this processor and he could not run some games well because of this and got stuttering and could not change the option to the NVIDIA graphics card in the Surface Book 2 he had purchased. Any comments appreciated.

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