Intel Core m3-8100Y

The Intel Core m3-8100Y is a very efficient dual-core SoC for tablets and passively cooled notebooks based on the Amber Lake generation and will be announced around August 2018. The CPU consists of two processor cores clocked at 1.1 - 3.4 GHz. Thanks to Hyper Threading, the processor can execute up to four threads simultaneously. The chips also includes the Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU, a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L/LPDDR3) as well as VP9 and H.265 video de- and encoder.  Compared to the Kaby Lake-Y predecessors (e.g. Core m3-7Y32), Amber Lake uses the same architecture produced in the improved 14nm+ FinFET process (no 14nm++) but offers higher clock speeds at an increased TDP rating.


Intel basically used the familiar micro architecture from the Skylake / Kaby Lake generation, so the per-MHz performance is identical.


The performance of the Y series is highly depending on the cooling solution of the laptop / tablet and the TDP settings for sustained load. Therefore, the differences between a Core m3 and a i7 may be rather slim, if the thermals are very limited. The high Turbo clock speeds in Amber Lake should however lead to a very good single thread performance for short bursts.


The integrated Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU has 24 Execution Units (EUs) like the old HD Graphics 515 and runs with clocks between 300 and 950 MHz in combination with this processor. The performance heavily depends on the TDP limit as well as the memory configuration; with fast LPDDR3-1866 RAM in dual-channel mode, the GPU should sometimes be able to compete with the HD Graphics 520, but can also be much slower in other scenarios. Modern games from 2016 will, if at all, only run smoothly in the lowest settings.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake and Amber Lake now also supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in the old 14 nm+ process with FinFET transistors. The typical TDP for the Amber Lake Y-series is specified at 5 Watts (previous generations were 4.5 Watt), and can be adjusted in both directions depending on the usage scenario.

SeriesIntel Core m3
CodenameAmber Lake-Y
Clock Rate1100 - 3400 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)5 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXT
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 615 (300 - 950 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date08/30/2018


Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
26.1 pt (29%)
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
min: 232     avg: 238     median: 237.5 (40%)     max: 243 Points
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
min: 382     avg: 398     median: 397.5 (4%)     max: 413 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 157     avg: 172     median: 162 (4%)     max: 197 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 91     avg: 94.7     median: 96.2 (42%)     max: 97 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6055 Points (10%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 2165     avg: 2747     median: 2579.5 (12%)     max: 3665 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 24135     avg: 26883     median: 26882.5 (17%)     max: 29630 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 20632     avg: 22076     median: 22076 (26%)     max: 23520 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 18736     avg: 26552     median: 26177 (30%)     max: 34742 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 1941     avg: 2084     median: 1968 (5%)     max: 2460 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 2692     avg: 2986     median: 2837.5 (9%)     max: 3577 Points
3DMark - Time Spy CPU 2560x1440
min: 943     avg: 1061     median: 992 (7%)     max: 1248 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1295.4     avg: 1737     median: 1744.5 (3%)     max: 2163.1 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 117.4     avg: 211     median: 211 (2%)     max: 304.6 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 14701     avg: 21429     median: 20267 (39%)     max: 29318 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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