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Intel Pentium 8505 vs Intel Core i3-1210U vs Intel Core i7-1250U

Intel Pentium 8505

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The Intel Pentium 8505 is an entry-level 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 1.2 to 4.4 GHz on the performance cluster and 0.9 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 i3-1215U, the Pentium offers one less P-core.

Performance

This is a fairly unpopular CPU, if the fact that we have not tested a single system built around it as of August 2023 is any indication. That said, we have tested a few systems featuring the Core i3-1215U, a chip with the same clock speeds and the same 4 E-cores but with 2 P-cores instead of 1. Based on that, expect the 8505 to be 10% to 20% behind the Ryzen 3 5300U and the Core i7-1185G7, as far as multi-thread benchmark scores are concerned.

Your mileage may vary depending on how competent the cooling solution of your laptop is and how high the CPU power limits are.

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 adapter is based on the Xe-architecture and offers 48 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 1.1 GHz.

Power consumption

The Pentium has a Base power consumption of 15 W, with 55 W being its maximum Intel-recommended Turbo power consumption. These values are fairly high; passive cooling solutions aren't really an option here.

The CPU is built with Intel's 3rd generation 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for decent, as of early 2023, energy efficiency.

Intel Core i3-1210U

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The Intel Core i3-1210U is a low power 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 4 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The P-cores support Hyper-Threading leading to 8 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 10 MB L3 cache. 

Performance

While we have not tested a single system built around the 1210U as of August 2023, we fully expect its multi-thread performance to be pretty much identical to that of the i3-1215U. Which is pretty fast for an entry-level chip, as of mid 2023.

Your mileage may vary depending on how high the CPU power limits are and how competent the cooling solution of your system is.

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 adapter is based on the Xe-architecture and offers 64 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 0.9 GHz.

Power consumption

This Core i3 has a Base power consumption of 9 W, with 29 W being its maximum Intel-recommended Turbo power consumption. TDP values that low allow for passively designs as long as performance is not a priority.

The CPU is built with Intel's 3rd generation 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for decent, as of early 2023, energy efficiency.

Intel Core i7-1250U

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The Intel Core i7-1250U 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. Compared to the similar Core i7-1260U, the 1250U only offers "Essentials" vPro management features.

Performance

The average 1250U in our database is in the same league as the Ryzen 5 5500U; the i5-1240U, the i7-1260U and the i7-1265U are found close nearby as well.

Thanks to its decent cooling solution and a long-term CPU power limit of 23 W, the Envy x360 13-bf0013dx is among the fastest laptops built around the 1250U that we know of. It can be at least 30% faster in CPU-bound workloads than the slowest system featuring the same chip in our database, as of August 2023.

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 adapter 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 on a 10nm process at Intel, which is known as Intel 7.

ModelIntel Pentium 8505Intel Core i3-1210UIntel Core i7-1250U
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 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1255U1.2 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1245U1.2 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1235U0.9 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1260U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1250U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1240U0.8 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1230U0.7 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1215U0.9 - 4.4 GHz6 / 8 cores10 MB L3
Intel Pentium 8505 « 0.9 - 4.4 GHz5 / 6 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1210U0.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 8 cores10 MB L3
Intel Pentium 85000.7 - 4.4 GHz5 / 6 cores8 MB L3
Intel Celeron 73050.9 - 1.1 GHz5 / 5 cores8 MB L3
Intel Celeron 73000.7 - 1 GHz5 / 5 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1265U1.3 - 4.8 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1255U1.2 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1245U1.2 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1235U0.9 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1260U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1250U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1240U0.8 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1230U0.7 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1215U0.9 - 4.4 GHz6 / 8 cores10 MB L3
Intel Pentium 85050.9 - 4.4 GHz5 / 6 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1210U « 0.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 8 cores10 MB L3
Intel Pentium 85000.7 - 4.4 GHz5 / 6 cores8 MB L3
Intel Celeron 73050.9 - 1.1 GHz5 / 5 cores8 MB L3
Intel Celeron 73000.7 - 1 GHz5 / 5 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1265U1.3 - 4.8 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1255U1.2 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1245U1.2 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1235U0.9 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1260U0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1250U « 0.8 - 4.7 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1240U0.8 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1230U0.7 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1215U0.9 - 4.4 GHz6 / 8 cores10 MB L3
Intel Pentium 85050.9 - 4.4 GHz5 / 6 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1210U0.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 8 cores10 MB L3
Intel Pentium 85000.7 - 4.4 GHz5 / 6 cores8 MB L3
Intel Celeron 73050.9 - 1.1 GHz5 / 5 cores8 MB L3
Intel Celeron 73000.7 - 1 GHz5 / 5 cores8 MB L3
Clock900 - 4400 MHz700 - 4400 MHz800 - 4700 MHz
L1 Cache464 KB544 KB928 KB
L2 Cache3.5 MB5 MB9.5 MB
L3 Cache8 MB10 MB12 MB
Cores / Threads5 / 66 / 810 / 12
TDP15 Watt9 Watt9 Watt
Technology10 nm10 nm10 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
SocketBGA1744BGA1744BGA1781
FeaturesDDR4-3200/LPDDR4x-4266/DDR5-4800/LPDDR5-5200 RAM, PCIe 4, Thr. Director, DL Boost, GNA, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, SHALPDDR4x-4266/LPDDR5-5200 RAM, PCIe 4, Thr. Director, DL Boost, GNA, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, SHALPDDR4x-4266/LPDDR5-5200 RAM, PCIe 4, Thr. Dir., DL Boost, GNA, vPro Ess., MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, BMI2, ABM, FMA, ADX, SMEP, SMAP, EIST, TM1, TM2, HT, Turbo, SST, AES-NI, RDRAND, RDSEED, SHA
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs ( - 1100 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen) ( - 850 MHz)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs ( - 950 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
Manufacturerark.intel.comark.intel.comark.intel.com

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-1250U
35.9 pt (50%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 7021     avg: 7275     median: 7069 (7%)     max: 7735 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1561     avg: 1580     median: 1574 (67%)     max: 1606 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 605     avg: 615     median: 618 (69%)     max: 621 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 2745     avg: 2831     median: 2778 (7%)     max: 2970 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1085     avg: 1182     median: 1172.9 (7%)     max: 1297 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 218     avg: 223.3     median: 226 (68%)     max: 226 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 27072     avg: 29944     median: 30826 (18%)     max: 31934 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 4755     avg: 4867     median: 4805 (57%)     max: 5041 MIPS
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 7.84     avg: 8.3     median: 8.1 (14%)     max: 8.97 fps
Blender - Blender 3.3 Classroom CPU *
min: 747     avg: 894     median: 933 (12%)     max: 1001 Seconds
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 411     avg: 488.3     median: 498 (4%)     max: 556 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.504     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (11%)     max: 0.538 sec
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 12353     avg: 12691     median: 12473 (34%)     max: 13247 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 6700     avg: 8941     median: 9623 (24%)     max: 10500 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 11876     avg: 14898     median: 16399 (29%)     max: 16418 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 4743     avg: 5610     median: 5756 (24%)     max: 6331 Points
Geekbench 6.2 - Geekbench 6.2 Single-Core
2298 Points (62%)
Geekbench 6.2 - Geekbench 6.2 Multi-Core
7943 Points (31%)
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1584     avg: 1635     median: 1650 (70%)     max: 1670 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 6753     avg: 6931     median: 6947 (12%)     max: 7092 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1547 Points (7%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
7072 Points (22%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 572     avg: 579     median: 577 (1%)     max: 587 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
81256 Points (71%)
WebXPRT 4 - WebXPRT 4 Score
min: 228     avg: 229.3     median: 229 (66%)     max: 231 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 265     avg: 267.3     median: 267 (56%)     max: 270 Points
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
min: 1338     avg: 1386     median: 1361 (52%)     max: 1460 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 31.8     avg: 36.9     median: 38.2 (7%)     max: 40.7 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 39.7     avg: 43.8     median: 43.4 (8%)     max: 48.2 Watt
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 5.82     avg: 6.8     median: 6.9 (5%)     max: 7.5 Watt
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
min: 6.27     avg: 7     median: 7 (8%)     max: 7.71 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
min: 22.5     avg: 27.7     median: 29.9 (22%)     max: 30.8 Points per Watt

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