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Intel Core i3-1220P

Intel 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.

Architecture

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).

Performance

While we have not tested a single system built around the 1220P as of October 2023, we have tested a laptop featuring the i5-1240U, a chip with nearly the same specs (2 P-cores mated to 8 E-cores, all running at the same clock speeds as what the 1220P has). Based on that, we expect the 1220P to be just slightly ahead of the Core i5-11400H, the Core i7-1265U and also the Ryzen 5 5600U, as far as multi-thread benchmark scores are concerned. Your mileage may vary depending on how high the CPU power limits are and how competent the cooling solution of your system is.

Graphics

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 no higher than 1600x900 and Low settings only in most titles trleased in 2021 and 2022. 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).

Power consumption

The i3's base power consumption (also known as the default TDP or Power Limit 1) is 28 W; its "minimum assured" power consumption sits at 20 W. In the meantime, the maximum Turbo power consumption (also known as the PL2) is not supposed to exceed 64 W.

This 12th generation Intel chip is built with Intel's fourth-gen 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for decent, as of late 2022, energy efficiency. Expect the i3 to be significantly less power-hungry (and a lot easier to cool) than all other Alder Lake-P chips because of its lower core count.

SeriesIntel Alder Lake-P
CodenameAlder Lake-P

Series: Alder Lake-P Alder Lake-P

Intel Core i7-1280P compare1.3 - 4.8 GHz14 / 20 cores24 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1270P compare1.6 - 4.8 GHz12 / 16 cores18 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1260P compare1.5 - 4.7 GHz12 / 16 cores18 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1250P compare1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 16 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1240P compare1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 16 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1220P « 1.1 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Clock Rate1100 - 4400 MHz
Level 1 Cache928 KB
Level 2 Cache9.5 MB
Level 3 Cache12 MB
Number of Cores / Threads10 / 12
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)28 Watt
Manufacturing Technology10 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA1744
FeaturesDDR4-3200/LPDDR4x-4266/DDR5-4800/LPDDR5-5200 RAM, PCIe 4, Thread Director, DL Boost, GNA, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, BMI2, ABM, FMA, ADX, SMEP, SMAP, EIST, TM1, TM2, Hyper-Threading, Turbo, SST, AES-NI, RDRAND, RDSEED, SHA
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen) ( - 1100 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date01/04/2022
Product Link (external)ark.intel.com

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Reviews for the Intel Core i3-1220P processor

Nokia PureBook Pro 15, i3-1220P: Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen), 16.00", 2 kg
  External Review » Nokia PureBook Pro 15, i3-1220P

Asus Vivobook 15 X1502ZA, i3-1220P: Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen), 15.60", 1.7 kg
  External Review » Asus Vivobook 15 X1502ZA, i3-1220P

Asus Vivobook 16X X1603ZA, i3-1220P: Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen), 16.00", 1.9 kg
  External Review » Asus Vivobook 16X X1603ZA, i3-1220P

Acer Aspire 5 A515-57-335Y: Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen), 15.60", 1.8 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 5 A515-57-335Y

Nokia PureBook Pro 17: Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen), 17.30", 2.5 kg
  External Review » Nokia PureBook Pro 17

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Other CPUs of the series Alder Lake-P

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   14x 1.8 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i9-12900H
   14x 1.8 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-12800H
   14x 1.8 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-12650H
   10x 1.7 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-12600H
   12x 2 GHz - 4.5 GHz
» Intel Core i5-12500H
   12x 1.8 GHz - 4.5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-1280P
   14x 1.3 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-1270P
   12x 1.6 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-1260P
   12x 1.5 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-12450H
   8x 1.5 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-1250P
   12x 1.2 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-1240P
   12x 1.2 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-1220P
   10x 1.1 GHz - 4.4 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i5-1345U
   10x 1.2 GHz - 4.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-1255U
   10x 1.2 GHz - 4.7 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 6650U
   6x 2.9 GHz - 4.5 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 5 7535U
   6x 2.9 GHz - 4.55 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 5 6600U
   6x 2.9 GHz - 4.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-1220P
   10x 1.1 GHz - 4.4 GHz
- Intel Core i5-1245U
   10x 1.2 GHz - 4.4 GHz
- Intel Core i5-1335U
   10x 0.9 GHz - 4.6 GHz
- Intel Core i5-1334U
   10x 0.9 GHz - 4.6 GHz
- Intel Core i7-1185G7
   4x 3 GHz - 4.8 GHz
- Intel Core i7-8850H
   6x 2.6 GHz - 4.3 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2022-01- 4)