Intel Core i3-1220P
The Intel Core i3-1220P is a lower mid-range Alder Lake family SoC designed for use in ultra-light, ultra-thin laptops of the more affordable flavour. It was announced in early 2022 and it has 2 performance cores as opposed to the 6 cores of the top-of-the-line i7-1280P (P-cores, Golden Cove architecture) mated to 8 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The i3's P-cores are Hyper-Threading-enabled for a total of 12 threads when combined with its E-cores. The clock speeds range from 1.5 GHz to 4.4 GHz for the performance cluster and 1.1 GHz to 3.3 GHz for the efficient cluster. The shortcomings of this processor as compared with the faster Core i5-1240P are many, including the significantly slower iGPU, lower CPU core count, lower clock speeds, complete lack of the vPro features.
The i3 is a continuation of Intel's efforts to use the ARM-developed big.LITTLE technology for its own benefit. A single "little" Alder Lake core is supposed to be as fast as a Skylake core (as found in the venerable Core i7-6700HQ among other options) which is six years old at this point. All of Core i3-1220P's CPU cores enjoy access to 12 MB of L3 cache. The integrated memory controller supports various memory types up to LPDDR5-5200, DDR5-4800, LPDDR4x-4267 or DDR4-3200; Intel suggests using no more than 64 GB of RAM, for reference. Just like the other 12th Gen Intel Core processors, this Core i3 comes with the Thread Director which is a new functionality designed to help Windows 11 decide which cores to use for what workload for best performance and efficiency possible. Hardware acceleration of AI algorithms is supported via GNA 3.0 and DL Boost (via AVX2). PCI-Express 5.0 support has not found its way into Alder Lake P processors, so users will have to be content with PCI-Express 4.0 for the time being. Four PCI-Express 4 lanes allow for a read/write rate of up to 7.9 GB/s, provided a suitably fast NVMe SSD is used.
Please note that this is not a user-replaceable CPU. It gets soldered permanently on to the motherboard (FCBGA1744 socket interface).
Remarkably enough, this Core i3 is slated to be faster than any Core i3 of any generation before it, desktop-grade ones included. Provided the Power Limits are high enough and the cooling solution is a good one, the 10 CPU cores will be able to outshine most of the hexa-core U-class Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 6000 options while being very close to hexa-core H-class 10th Gen Core processors, like an i7-10750H.
Since none of the 28 W Tiger Lake generation processors had more than 4 cores while this i3 has 10 cores, it's an apples to oranges comparison. An i3-1220P based laptop is pretty much guaranteed to be faster than most i7-1195G7 and i7-11375H based laptops.
The built-in graphics adapter in the form of the 64 EU UHD Graphics running at up to 1.1 GHz is a slightly downgraded 80 EU Iris Xe. The latter can be found in many Alder Lake-P and Tiger Lake-UP3 processors, like a Core i5-1250P or a Core i5-1145G7, respectively. Despite the lower EU cluster count, this is still a fairly capable iGPU, loaded with modern features such as the AV1 video decoding capability and SUHD 4320p monitor support. The UHD Graphics will happily drive up to 4 monitors simultaneously, provided the laptop has the outputs required. Its gaming performance is unlikely to please the crowds, though, as it will be good for resolutions of no higher than 1600x900 and Low settings only in so many titles. Your mileage may vary depending on how high the Power Limits are and how capable the cooling solution of a laptop is. Fast RAM is a prerequisite for decent performance as well (the UHD Graphics has to make do with no dedicated video memory).
The i3's base power (also known as the default TDP value or PL1) is 28 W; its Intel-recommended Turbo power (also known as PL2) sits at 64 W. This processor is manufactured on Intel's third-gen 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for an OK energy efficiency. Expect the i3 to be significantly less power-hungry (and a lot easier to cool as well) than all other Alder Lake P processors.
|Series||Intel Alder Lake-P|
|Series: Alder Lake-P Alder Lake-P|
|Clock Rate||1100 - 4400 MHz|
|Level 1 Cache||928 KB|
|Level 2 Cache||18.5 MB|
|Level 3 Cache||12 MB|
|Number of Cores / Threads||10 / 12|
|Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)||28 Watt|
|Manufacturing Technology||10 nm|
|Max. Temperature||100 °C|
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen) ( - 1100 MHz)|
|64 Bit||64 Bit support|
|Product Link (external)||Intel Alder Lake-P i3-1220P|
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Reviews for the Intel Alder Lake-P i3-1220P processor
Nokia PureBook Pro 17 (Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs, 17.30")
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