Buy a Gaming Laptop with 8th Gen I5-8300H instead of 7th Gen I7-7700HQ

We all know that with each generation leap, performance moves forward. It is in these times, however, that we see older generations getting huge price cuts making them really attractive and, most times, really affordable.

Today, we take a look at the I7-7700HQ versus the I5-8300H. The 8th generation i5-8300H with 4GB ram, 1TB HDD and GTX1050 is priced at roughly 45K-55K while the older i7-7700HQ was priced at roughly 59,995 to 64,995 – we can now find some i7-7700HQs price at the same 54,995 after price cuts.

Gaming Laptops
Current Pricelist from TipidPC/PCHUB

Now, historically, I7’s were always more powerful than their i5 counterparts, and that performance leap included a 1 generation older Corei7 beating a 1generation newer Core i5. For example, When the I5-7300HQ was released, the i7-6700HQ still beat it in most benchmarks due to the lack of hyper threading on the i5 variants of Intel’s line.

List of Announced Gaming Laptops from MSI and ROG

With the 8th generation update, however, Core i5 series finally get the HyperThreading technology. Let’s look at the detailed comparisons of the KBL processors and the newer CFL variants.

Intel Ark
Details from Intel Website

As you can see, on paper, the newer 8th gen is more versatile and more potential. Memory supports up to 2666mhz, has higher boosts and much bigger L3 caches. All these contribute to much better performance.

So now that we’ve cleared that, we can safely assume that the 8th Gen CFL-H Core i7 will beat the 7th Gen KBL-H Core i7, and same for the i5 counterparts. The burning question, though, is if the CFL-H i5-8300H received enough upgrades to beat a 7th gen Core i7?

The quick answer – YES.

Let’s look at the benchmark scores.

 (Benchmark Results from Notebookcheck.Net)
i5-8300H i7-7700HQ i5-7300HQ i7-8550U
3DMark 11 – Physics 9360 8838 6077 6581
3DMark – Fire Strike Physics 11872 10631 6758 8157
Cinebench R15 CPU 801 cb 734 cb 514 cb 558 cb
Cinebench R15 CPU – Single Core 166 cb 159 cb 142 cb 164 cb
Cinebench R11.5 CPU 7.73 pts 8.1 pts 5.8 pts 6.2 pts
Cinebench R11.5 CPU – Single Core 1.86 pts 1.8 pts 1.5 pts 1.9 pts
Geekbench 3 32-bit – Single Core 3740 pts 3675 pts 3195 pts 3779 pts
Geekbench 3 32-bit – Multi Core 15050 pts 14102 pts 9752 pts 12523 pts
Geekbench 4.1 64-bit – Single Core 4771 pts 4635 pts 4040 pts 4877 pts
Geekbench 4.1 64-bit – Multi Core 14788 pts 14783 pts 11039 pts 13759 pts
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 – Pass 1 188.3 fps 168.4 fps 160.8 fps 148 fps
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 – Pass 2 51.38 fps 46 fps 34.1 fps 33.1 fps

Without a doubt, the i5-8300H handily beats all previous generations.

So if a gaming laptop was priced the same as a laptop with i7-7700HQ and all other specifications same – Don’t think twice. Get the I5-8300H.

Check out MSI’s Pre-Order for their 8th Gen here.
Check out ROG’s announcement for all their 8th gen products here.