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Intel Core m3-7Y30

Intel 7Y30

The Intel Core m3-7Y30 is a very efficient dual-core SoC for tablets and passively cooled notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture and was announced in the end of August 2016. The CPU consists of two processor cores clocked at 1.0-2.6 GHz (2-core Turbo not specified yet). Thanks to Hyper Threading, the processor can execute up to four threads simultaneously. The chips also includes the Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU, a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L/LPDDR3) as well as VP9 and H.265 video de- and encoder. It is still produced in a 14 nm process with FinFET transistors. 

Architecture

Intel basically used the familiar micro architecture from the Skylake generation, so the per-MHz performance is identical. Only the Speed-Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of the voltages and clocks was improved, and the matured 14 nm process now also enables much higher frequencies and better efficiency than before. 

Performance

Since Intel basically removed the Core m5 and Core m7 series or included them into the higher i5 and i7 series, respectively, the m3-7Y30 is officially the last Core-m chip. Thanks to its high Turbo clock, the 7Y30 can sometimes keep up with the 15 Watt models for short peak load and single-thread scenarios, but the clocks will drop significantly under sustained workloads. The CPU is still suitable for many more demanding applications as well as multitasking. Thanks to the improved efficiency, the CPU can often even beat the Core m5 and m7 siblings from the previous Skylake generation.

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU has 24 Execution Units (EUs) like the old HD Graphics 515 and runs with clocks between 300 and 900 MHz in combination with this processor. The performance heavily depends on the TDP limit as well as the memory configuration; with fast LPDDR3-1866 RAM in dual-channel mode, the GPU should sometimes be able to compete with the HD Graphics 520, but can also be much slower in other scenarios. Modern games from 2016 will, if at all, only run smoothly in the lowest settings.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake now also supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in an improved 14 nm process with FinFET transistors, so the power efficiency was once again improved significantly. The typical TDP for the Y-series is specified at 4.5 Watts, and can be adjusted in both directions depending on the usage scenario.

SeriesIntel Core m3
CodenameKaby Lake
Clock Rate1000 - 2600 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4096 KB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)4.5 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, TXT
GPUIntel HD Graphics 615 (300 - 900 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Hardware VirtualizationVT-x, VT-d
Starting Price $281 U.S.
Announcement Date08/30/2016
Product Link (external)Intel Core m3 7Y30

Benchmarks

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Reviews for the Intel Core m3 7Y30 processor

Asus Transformer 3 T305CA-GW015T (Intel HD Graphics 615, 12.6")
» Asus Transformer 3 T305CA-GW015T - External Review

Asus Transformer 3 T305CA-GW019T (Intel HD Graphics 615, 12.6")
» Asus Transformer 3 T305CA-GW019T - External Review

HP Pro x2 612 G2 (Intel HD Graphics 615, 12.1")
» HP Pro x2 612 G2 - External Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2017 (Intel HD Graphics 615, 12.2")
» Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2017 - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core m3

» Intel Core m3 7Y30
   1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core m3 6Y30
   0.9 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i5 4260U
   1.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i3 3120M
   2.5 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i5 3427U
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i5 4402E
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core m7 6Y75
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Core m3 7Y30
   1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
+ Intel Pentium (Desktop) G860
   3 GHz / 256 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100
   3.06 GHz / 6144 KB
+ Intel Core i5 4200U
   1.6 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i5 4250U
   1.3 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i3 5020U
   2.2 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2016-09-27)