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Intel Pentium 8500 vs Intel Core i7-1260U vs Intel Core i5-1230U

Intel Pentium 8500

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The Intel Pentium 8500 is an entry-level low-power mobile CPU for thin and light laptops based on the Alder Lake architecture. It was announced in early 2022 and offers one performance core (P-cores, Golden Cove architecture) and 4 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The P-cores support Hyper-Threading leading to 6 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 8 MB L3-cache. Compared to the faster Core i3-1210U, the Pentium offers one less P-core.

Performance

Thanks to the 5 cores, the multi-threaded performance should be clearly faster than the older dual-core Tiger Lake CPUs with 15 Watt (like the Intel Core i3-1115G4). The sustained performance will be limited by the TDP setting (e.g., compared to the similar Pentium 8505 with 15W) and thermals and therefore only short term loads. Thanks to the architectural improvements of the big Golden Cove cores, the single thread performance should be better than similar clocked Tiger Lake CPUs.

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 48 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 0.8 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.

Intel Core i7-1260U

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The Intel Core i7-1260U 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 1.1 to 4.7 GHz on the performance cluster and 0.8 to 3.5 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. The 1260U offers "Enterprise" vPro management features. Compared to the P-series (28W) or H-series (45W), or even the 15W U-series, the 9W TDP will limit the sustained performance.

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 i7-1265U) 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 all 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 0.95 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.

Intel Core i5-1230U

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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.

ModelIntel Pentium 8500Intel Core i7-1260UIntel Core i5-1230U
SeriesIntel Alder Lake-MIntel Alder Lake-MIntel Alder Lake-M
CodenameAlder Lake-UAlder Lake-UAlder Lake-U
Series: Alder Lake-M Alder Lake-U
Intel Core i7-1265U1.3 - 4.8 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1255U1.2 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1245U1.2 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1235U0.9 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1260U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1250U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i3-1215U0.9 - 4.4 GHz6 / 810 MB
Intel Core i5-1240U0.8 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1230U0.7 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Pentium 85050.9 - 4.4 GHz5 / 68 MB
Intel Core i3-1210U0.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 810 MB
» Intel Pentium 85000.7 - 4.4 GHz5 / 68 MB
Intel Celeron 73050.9 - 1.1 GHz5 / 58 MB
Intel Celeron 73000.7 - 1 GHz5 / 58 MB
Intel Core i7-1265U1.3 - 4.8 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1255U1.2 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1245U1.2 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1235U0.9 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
» Intel Core i7-1260U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1250U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i3-1215U0.9 - 4.4 GHz6 / 810 MB
Intel Core i5-1240U0.8 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1230U0.7 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Pentium 85050.9 - 4.4 GHz5 / 68 MB
Intel Core i3-1210U0.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 810 MB
Intel Pentium 85000.7 - 4.4 GHz5 / 68 MB
Intel Celeron 73050.9 - 1.1 GHz5 / 58 MB
Intel Celeron 73000.7 - 1 GHz5 / 58 MB
Intel Core i7-1265U1.3 - 4.8 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1255U1.2 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1245U1.2 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-1235U0.9 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1260U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1250U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i3-1215U0.9 - 4.4 GHz6 / 810 MB
Intel Core i5-1240U0.8 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
» Intel Core i5-1230U0.7 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Pentium 85050.9 - 4.4 GHz5 / 68 MB
Intel Core i3-1210U0.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 810 MB
Intel Pentium 85000.7 - 4.4 GHz5 / 68 MB
Intel Celeron 73050.9 - 1.1 GHz5 / 58 MB
Intel Celeron 73000.7 - 1 GHz5 / 58 MB
Clock700 - 4400 MHz800 - 4700 MHz700 - 4400 MHz
L1 Cache464 KB928 KB928 KB
L2 Cache3.5 MB9.5 MB9.5 MB
L3 Cache8 MB12 MB12 MB
Cores / Threads5 / 610 / 1210 / 12
TDP9 Watt9 Watt9 Watt
Technology10 nm10 nm10 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
SocketBGA1700BGA1700BGA1700
FeaturesThread DirectorThread DirectorThread Director
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs ( - 800 MHz)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs ( - 950 MHz)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs ( - 850 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
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Benchmarks

Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
4402 Points (7%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
1310 Points (64%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
469 Points (60%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
1653 Points (7%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
514 Points (5%)
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
186.8 Points (58%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
7290 Points (65%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
17243 Points (24%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
28930 Points (24%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
12037 Points (73%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
576 s (7%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
14 s (3%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
4985 Points (29%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
20092 MIPS (14%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
3873 MIPS (47%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
41.8 fps (17%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
152.7 fps (41%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
6641 Points (14%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
7 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
15 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
365 s (2%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
10067 Points (35%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
36896 Points (31%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
7284 Points (18%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
13426 Points (31%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
3017 Points (16%)
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
1640 Points (72%)
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
6755 Points (23%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
21447 Points (38%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
5120 Points (100%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
24369 Points (38%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
5835 Points (96%)
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
1312 Points (55%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
23.2 Watt (4%)
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Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
47.4 Watt (13%)
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
5.8 Watt (6%)
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd *
3.9 Watt (13%)
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Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
10.8 Points per Watt (12%)

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