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Intel Processor N97

Intel N97

The Intel Processor N97 is an entry-level mobile CPU for thin and light laptops from the Alder Lake-N series. It was announced in early 2023 and offers no performance cores and 4 of the 8 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The chip does not support HyperThreading and clocks with up to 3.7 GHz. 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 6 MB L3-cache. 


The performance should be between the Intel Processor N100 and Intel Processor N200 and clearly below the Core i3-N300 and N305 due to the reduced core count. 


The Alder Lake-N chips only support single channel memory with up to DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 or LPDDR5-4800. The chip also supports Quick Sync and AV1 decoding (most likely same engine as in Alder Lake). Furthermore, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are partly integrated (but no Thunderbolt). External chips can be connected via PCIe Gen3 x9 (via the PCH).

The integrated graphics adapter is based on the Xe-architecture and offers only 24 of the 32 EUs (Execution Units) operating at 1200 MHz. Due to the single channel memory, low clock speeds, and low shader count, the gaming performance of the iGPU is very limited.

Power consumption

The N97 has a base power consumption of 12 W and therefore double the amount of the N100. The CPU is built with a further improved 10nm SuperFin process at Intel (called Intel 7).

SeriesIntel Alder Lake-N
CodenameAlder Lake-N

Series: Alder Lake-N Alder Lake-N

Intel Core i3-N305 compare1.8 - 3.8 GHz8 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i3-N300 compare - 3.8 GHz8 / 8 cores6 MB L3
Intel Processor N200 compare1 - 3.7 GHz4 / 4 cores6 MB L3
Intel Processor N97 « - 3.6 GHz4 / 4 cores6 MB L3
Intel Processor N95 compare - 3.4 GHz4 / 4 cores6 MB L3
Intel Processor N100 compare1 - 3.4 GHz4 / 4 cores6 MB L3
Intel Processor N50 compare1 - 3.4 GHz2 / 2 cores6 MB L3
Clock Rate <=3600 MHz
Level 3 Cache6 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
4 x 3.6 GHz Intel Crestmont E-Core
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)12 Watt
Manufacturing Technology10 nm
Max. Temperature105 °C
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N) ( - 1200 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date01/03/2023
Product Link (external)


Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
27.1 pt (38%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
479 Points (3%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
3.5 fps (6%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
18.4 s (4%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
37.1 Watt (6%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
28.4 Watt (5%)
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
13.5 Watt (9%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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