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Intel Core i5-1230U

Intel i5-1230U

The Intel Core i5-1230U is a 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 8 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The P-cores support Hyper-Threading leading to 12 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 12 MB L3 cache.  Compared to the similar Core i5-1240U, the 1230U offers a lower base CPU clock speed and only "Essentials" vPro management features.

Performance

Compared to the old 7 Watt Comet Lake-Y series (like the i7-10510Y), the performance should be clearly better thanks to the 10 cores and the improved architecture of the P-cores. Compared to the 15 W U-series (like the similar specified Core i5-1235U) the sustained performance will be clearly limited by the 9 Watt TDP. As always, the performance will also greatly depend on the cooling solution, especially for fanless laptops and tablets.

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 80 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 0.85 GHz.

The CPU is rated at 9 W base power (TDP, PL1) and 29 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 i3-1215U compare0.9 - 4.4 GHz6 / 810 MB
Intel Core i5-1240U compare0.8 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
» Intel Core i5-1230U0.7 - 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 Rate700 - 4400 MHz
Level 1 Cache928 KB
Level 2 Cache18.5 MB
Level 3 Cache12 MB
Number of Cores / Threads10 / 12
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)9 Watt
Manufacturing Technology10 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA1700
FeaturesThread Director
GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs ( - 850 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 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
- Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6
   4x 3.1 GHz - 4.2 GHz
- Intel Core i5-1038NG7
   4x 2 GHz - 3.8 GHz
- Intel Core i7-8709G
   4x 3.1 GHz - 4.1 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2022-01- 9)