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Intel Core i3-8121U

Intel i3-8121U

The Intel Core i3-8121U is a power efficient entry-level dual-core processor for laptops. It is the first 10nm CPU from Intel and based on the new Cannon-Lake architecture. It offers 2 processor cores clocked at 2.2 (base) to 3.1 GHz (boost) and no integrated graphics card (therefore 2+0 setup according to Intel). Furthermore, a DDR4-2400 / LPDDR4/x-2400 memory controller (dual-channel, max. 41.6 GB/s, max. 32 GB) is integrated in the SoC.

First benchmarks show a similar performance to the higher clocked Intel Core i3-8130U (2.2 - 3.4 GHz, Kaby Lake, 14nm) and therefore in the entry level for laptops.

The CPU was introduced in the Lenovo IdeaPad-15ICN with a dedicated AMD Radeon RX 540 GPU and also in the Crimson Canyon NUC (also with a dedicated AMD GPU).

SeriesIntel Core i3
CodenameCannon-Lake
Clock Rate2200 - 3100 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Manufacturing Technology10 nm
Max. Temperature105 °C
FeaturesAVX2, SSE4.2, DDR4-2400 / LPDDR4/x-2400 Memory Controller
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date05/16/2018
Product Link (external)Intel Core i3 i3-8121U

Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 3125     avg: 3287     median: 3286.5 (8%)     max: 3448 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Intel Core i3 i3-8121U processor

Intel NUC8i3CYSM (AMD Radeon RX 540, ")
» Intel NUC8i3CYSM Review - Review

Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ICN (AMD Radeon RX 540, 15.6")
» Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ICN - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Core i3

» Intel Core i3-8145U
   2x 2.1 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-8121U
   2x 2.2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6167U
   2x 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6100H
   2x 2.7 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5157U
   2x 2.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6157U
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6100U
   2x 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4110M
   2x 2.6 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4100M
   2x 2.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4000M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4100E
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3130M
   2x 2.6 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3120M
   2x 2.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5020U
   2x 2.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3110M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5010U
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5015U
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-6006U
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2370M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-390M
   2x 2.67 GHz
» Intel Core i3-5005U
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2350M
   2x 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2348M
   2x 2.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-380M
   2x 2.53 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2330M
   2x 2.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2328M
   2x 2.2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4158U
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4120U
   2x 2 GHz
» Intel Core i3-370M
   2x 2.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4030U
   2x 1.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4025U
   2x 1.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2312M
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2310M
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2308M
   2x 2.1 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4100U
   2x 1.8 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3227U
   2x 1.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4010U
   2x 1.7 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4005U
   2x 1.7 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3217U
   2x 1.8 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4102E
   2x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4030Y
   2x 1.6 GHz
» Intel Core i3-350M
   2x 2.26 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4020Y
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4012Y
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-330M
   2x 2.13 GHz
» Intel Core i3-4010Y
   2x 1.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-3229Y
   2x 1.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2377M
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2375M
   2x 1.5 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2367M
   2x 1.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2365M
   2x 1.4 GHz
» Intel Core i3-2357M
   2x 1.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-380UM
   2x 1.33 GHz
» Intel Core i3-330UM
   2x 1.2 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i7-920XM
   4x 2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-4330M
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.5 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-3540M
   2x 3 GHz - 3.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-4200H
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.4 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-4558U
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.3 GHz
» Intel Core i3-8121U
   2x 2.2 GHz - 3.1 GHz
- Intel Core i5-5257U
   2x 2.7 GHz - 3.1 GHz
- Intel Core i5-4308U
   2x 2.8 GHz - 3.3 GHz
- Intel Core i5-4310M
   2x 2.7 GHz - 3.4 GHz
- Intel Core i7-6600U
   2x 2.6 GHz - 3.4 GHz
- Intel Core i7-6650U
   2x 2.2 GHz - 3.4 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2018-05-14)