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Intel Core i3-1210U

Intel i3-1210U

The Intel Core i3-1210U is a low power mobile CPU for thin and light laptops based on the Alder Lake architecture. It was announced in early 2022 and offers 2 performance cores (P-cores, Golden Cove architecture) and 4 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The P-cores support Hyper-Threading leading to 8 supported threads when combined with the E-cores. The clock rate ranges from 1 to 4.4 GHz on the performance cluster and 0.7 to 3.3 GHz on the efficient cluster. The performance of the E-cores should be similar to old Skylake cores (compare to the Core i7-6700HQ). All cores can use up to 10 MB L3 cache. 

Performance

While we have not tested a single system built around the 1210U as of August 2023, we fully expect its multi-thread performance to be pretty much identical to that of the i3-1215U. Which is pretty fast for an entry-level chip, as of mid 2023.

Your mileage may vary depending on how high the CPU power limits are and how competent the cooling solution of your system is.

Features

The integrated memory controller supports various memory types up to DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200, LPDDR5-5200, and LPDDR4x-4267. The Thread Director (in hardware) can support the operating system to decide which thread to use on the performance or efficient cores for the best performance. For AI tasks, the CPU also integrates GNA 3.0 and DL Boost (via AVX2). Quick Sync in version 8 is the same as in the Rocket Lake CPUs and supports MPEG-2, AVC, VC-1 decode, JPEG, VP8 decode, VP9, HEVC, and AV1 decode in hardware. The CPU only supports PCIe 4.0 (x8 for a GPU and two x4 for SSDs).

The integrated graphics adapter is based on the Xe-architecture and offers 64 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 0.9 GHz.

Power consumption

This Core i3 has a Base power consumption of 9 W, with 29 W being its maximum Intel-recommended Turbo power consumption. TDP values that low allow for passively designs as long as performance is not a priority.

The CPU is built with Intel's 3rd generation 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for decent, as of early 2023, energy efficiency.

SeriesIntel Alder Lake-M
CodenameAlder Lake-U

Series: Alder Lake-M Alder Lake-U

Intel Core i7-1265U compare1.3 - 4.8 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1255U compare1.2 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1245U compare1.2 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1235U compare0.9 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1260U compare0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1250U compare0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1240U compare0.8 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1230U compare0.7 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1215U compare0.9 - 4.4 GHz6 / 8 cores10 MB L3
Intel Pentium 8505 compare0.9 - 4.4 GHz5 / 6 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1210U « 0.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 8 cores10 MB L3
Intel Pentium 8500 compare0.7 - 4.4 GHz5 / 6 cores8 MB L3
Intel Celeron 7305 compare0.9 - 1.1 GHz5 / 5 cores8 MB L3
Intel Celeron 7300 compare0.7 - 1 GHz5 / 5 cores8 MB L3
Clock Rate700 - 4400 MHz
Level 1 Cache544 KB
Level 2 Cache5 MB
Level 3 Cache10 MB
Number of Cores / Threads6 / 8
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)9 Watt
Manufacturing Technology10 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA1744
FeaturesLPDDR4x-4266/LPDDR5-5200 RAM, PCIe 4, Thr. Director, DL Boost, GNA, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, SHA
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen) ( - 850 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date01/04/2022
Product Link (external)ark.intel.com

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Other CPUs of the series Alder Lake-M

» Intel Core i7-1265U
   10x 1.3 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-1255U
   10x 1.2 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-1245U
   10x 1.2 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-1235U
   10x 0.9 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i7-1260U
   10x 0.8 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-1250U
   10x 0.8 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-1240U
   10x 0.8 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-1230U
   10x 0.7 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-1215U
   6x 0.9 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Pentium 8505
   5x 0.9 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-1210U
   6x 0.7 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Pentium 8500
   5x 0.7 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Celeron 7305
   5x 0.9 GHz - 1.1 GHz
» Intel Celeron 7300
   5x 0.7 GHz - 1 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
   4x 2.1 GHz - 3.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i3-1125G4
   4x 2 GHz - 3.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i3-1305U
   5x 1.2 GHz - 4.5 GHz
+ Intel Processor U300
   5x 0.9 GHz - 4.4 GHz
+ Intel Pentium 8505
   5x 0.9 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-1210U
   6x 0.7 GHz - 4.4 GHz
- Intel Pentium 8500
   5x 0.7 GHz - 4.4 GHz
- Intel Core i7-7567U
   2x 3.5 GHz - 4 GHz
- Intel Core i7-8550U
   4x 1.8 GHz - 4 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 5 2600H
   4x 3.2 GHz - 3.6 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2022-01- 9)