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Intel Core i3-1215U

Intel i3-1215U

The Intel Core i3-1215U is a mid-range 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 1.2 to 4.4 GHz on the performance cluster and 0.9 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. Compared to the faster i5 and i7 models, the i3 does not include vPro features.

Performance

Thanks to the 6 cores, the multi-threaded performance should be clearly faster than the older dual-core Tiger Lake CPUs with 15 Watt (like the Intel Core i3-1115G4). The sustained performance will be limited by the TDP setting and thermals and therefore only short term loads. Thanks to the architectural improvements of the big Golden Cove cores, the single thread performance should be better than similar clocked Tiger Lake CPUs.

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 card is based on the Xe-architecture and offers 64 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 1.1 GHz.

The CPU is rated at 15 W base power (TDP, PL1) and 55 W max. Turbo power (PL2) and the whole SoC is manufactured in a 10nm process at Intel, which is known as Intel 7.

SeriesIntel Alder Lake-M
CodenameAlder Lake-U
Series: Alder Lake-M Alder Lake-U
Intel Core i7-1265U compare1.3 - 4.8 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1255U compare1.2 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1245U compare1.2 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1235U compare0.9 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1260U compare0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1250U compare0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
» Intel Core i3-1215U0.9 - 4.4 GHz6 / 810 MB
Intel Core i5-1240U compare0.8 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1230U compare0.7 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Pentium 8505 compare0.9 - 4.4 GHz5 / 68 MB
Intel Core i3-1210U compare0.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 810 MB
Intel Pentium 8500 compare0.7 - 4.4 GHz5 / 68 MB
Intel Celeron 7305 compare0.9 - 1.1 GHz5 / 58 MB
Intel Celeron 7300 compare0.7 - 1 GHz5 / 58 MB
Clock Rate900 - 4400 MHz
Level 1 Cache544 KB
Level 2 Cache10.5 MB
Level 3 Cache10 MB
Number of Cores / Threads6 / 8
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Manufacturing Technology10 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA1700
FeaturesThread Director
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen) ( - 1100 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date01/04/2022

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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 i3-1215U
   6x 0.9 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-1240U
   10x 0.8 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-1230U
   10x 0.7 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

+ Intel Core i7-1260U
   10x 0.8 GHz - 4.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-1250U
   10x 0.8 GHz - 4.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-1135G7
   4x 2.4 GHz - 4.2 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-10300H
   4x 2.5 GHz - 4.5 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
   6x 2.3 GHz - 4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-1215U
   6x 0.9 GHz - 4.4 GHz
- Intel Core i7-8809G
   4x 3.1 GHz - 4.2 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 i5-9400H
   4x 2.5 GHz - 4.3 GHz
- Intel Core i5-10200H
   4x 2.4 GHz - 4.1 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2022-01- 7)