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Intel Core i3-N305 vs Intel Processor N97

Intel Core i3-N305

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The Intel Core i3-N305 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 8 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The chip does not support HyperThreading and clocks with up to 3.8 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. 

Performance

The performance depends on the cooling and TDP settings and should be somewhere similar to the old  Alder Lake Pentium 8505 (1 performance core, 4 efficiency cores, max. 4.4 GHz and 8 MB L3-cache). The multi-threaded performance should be quite good with the 8 cores, but single threaded will suffer due to the missing P-cores and relatively low boost clock speeds.

Features

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 offersall 32 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 1.25 GHz. In addition to the single channel memory, the gaming performance is very limited of the iGPU.

Power consumption

The i3 has a base power consumption of 15 W and can be configured down to 9W. The CPU is built with a further improved 10nm SuperFin process at Intel (called Intel 7).

Intel Processor N97

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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. 

Performance

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. 

Features

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).

ModelIntel Core i3-N305Intel Processor N97
SeriesIntel Alder Lake-NIntel Alder Lake-N
CodenameAlder Lake-NAlder Lake-N
Series: Alder Lake-N Alder Lake-N
Intel Core i3-N305 « 1.8 - 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 compare - 3.4 GHz2 / 2 cores6 MB L3
Intel Core i3-N3051.8 - 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 compare - 3.4 GHz2 / 2 cores6 MB L3
Clock1800 - 3800 MHz <=3600 MHz
L3 Cache6 MB6 MB
Cores / Threads8 / 84 / 4
TDP15 Watt12 Watt
Technology10 nm10 nm
max. Temp.105 °C105 °C
SocketBGA1264
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics Xe 32EUs (Tiger Lake-H) (1000 - 1250 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics Xe 24EUs ( - 1200 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Alder Lake-N i3-N305Intel Alder Lake-N N97

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