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

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.

Power consumption

This 12th gen Core i7 processor has a Base power consumption of 9 W, with 29 W being its maximum Intel-recommended Turbo power consumption. It is built with Intel's 2nd gen 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for decent energy efficiency.

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

While we have not tested a single system built around the 8500 as of August 2023, it's safe to expect the chip to be about 20% slower than the i3-1215U, as far as multi-thread performance is concerned. Which is pretty terrible as of Q3 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 48 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 0.8 GHz.

Power consumption

This Pentium has a Base power consumption of 9 W, with 29 W being its maximum Intel-recommended Turbo power consumption. TDP values this low allow for passively cooled laptops, tablets, mini-PCs as long as performance is not a priority.

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

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

ModelIntel Core i7-1260UIntel Pentium 8500Intel 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 / 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 i7-1260U « 0.8 - 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 i3-1210U0.7 - 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 i3-1210U0.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 8 cores10 MB L3
Intel Pentium 8500 « 0.7 - 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 i5-1230U « 0.7 - 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
Clock800 - 4700 MHz700 - 4400 MHz700 - 4400 MHz
L1 Cache928 KB464 KB928 KB
L2 Cache9.5 MB3.5 MB9.5 MB
L3 Cache12 MB8 MB12 MB
Cores / Threads10 / 125 / 610 / 12
TDP9 Watt9 Watt9 Watt
Technology10 nm10 nm10 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
SocketBGA1781BGA1744BGA1781
FeaturesLPDDR4x-4266/LPDDR5-5200 RAM, PCIe 4, Thr. Director, DL B., GNA, vPro Ent., RPE, 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, TMELPDDR4x-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. Director, DL Boost, GNA, vPro Essen., MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, SHA
iGPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs ( - 950 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs ( - 800 MHz)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs ( - 850 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
Manufacturerark.intel.comark.intel.comark.intel.com

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-1260U
35.4 pt (49%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-1230U
29.9 pt (41%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
7444 Points (7%)
min: 3066     avg: 4911     median: 4402 (4%)     max: 7264 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
1538 Points (65%)
min: 1135     avg: 1319     median: 1310 (56%)     max: 1512 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
588 Points (65%)
min: 441     avg: 496.7     median: 469 (52%)     max: 580 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
2838 Points (7%)
min: 1175     avg: 1877     median: 1653 (4%)     max: 2802 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
1117 Points (7%)
min: 433     avg: 734     median: 514 (3%)     max: 1254 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
222 Points (67%)
min: 120.1     avg: 176     median: 186.8 (56%)     max: 221 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
7290 Points (44%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
17243 Points (12%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
28930 Points (20%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
12037 Points (15%)
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 (8%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
32008 MIPS (18%)
min: 12470     avg: 22356     median: 20092 (12%)     max: 34505 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
4746 MIPS (57%)
min: 3873     avg: 4237     median: 3969 (47%)     max: 4870 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
41.8 fps (15%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
152.7 fps (35%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
8.5 fps (15%)
min: 3.59     avg: 6     median: 6 (10%)     max: 8.33 fps
Blender - Blender 3.3 Classroom CPU *
801 Seconds (10%)
min: 1023     avg: 1459     median: 1458.5 (19%)     max: 1894 Seconds
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
431 Seconds (3%)
min: 503     avg: 754     median: 754 (5%)     max: 1005 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
0.5 sec (11%)
min: 0.527     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (13%)     max: 0.676 sec
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
12771 Points (35%)
min: 6656     avg: 9961     median: 10067 (27%)     max: 13161 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
36896 Points (31%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
10684 Points (27%)
min: 4472     avg: 7453     median: 7284 (18%)     max: 10602 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
16174 Points (29%)
min: 6737     avg: 12027     median: 13426 (24%)     max: 15917 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
6180 Points (26%)
min: 2140     avg: 2983     median: 3017 (13%)     max: 3791 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
1560 Points (66%)
min: 1454     avg: 1541     median: 1529 (65%)     max: 1640 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
7072 Points (13%)
min: 4193     avg: 6086     median: 6755 (12%)     max: 7309 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1555 Points (7%)
min: 1412     avg: 1472     median: 1471.5 (6%)     max: 1531 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
7077 Points (22%)
min: 3814     avg: 5506     median: 5505.5 (17%)     max: 7197 Points
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 (87%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
572 ms (1%)
min: 604     avg: 641     median: 640.5 (1%)     max: 677 ms
WebXPRT 4 - WebXPRT 4 Score
213 Points (61%)
min: 188.4     avg: 204.2     median: 204.2 (59%)     max: 220 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
236 Points (49%)
min: 219     avg: 233.5     median: 233.5 (49%)     max: 248 Points
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
min: 1117     avg: 1271     median: 1312 (50%)     max: 1383 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
38 Watt (7%)
min: 14.7     avg: 25.3     median: 23.2 (4%)     max: 38 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
38.5 Watt (7%)
min: 17.8     avg: 36.4     median: 43.9 (8%)     max: 47.4 Watt
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
5 Watt (3%)
min: 2.87     avg: 5.2     median: 5.8 (4%)     max: 6.87 Watt
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
5.3 Watt (6%)
min: 3.02     avg: 4.4     median: 3.9 (4%)     max: 6.1 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
29 Points per Watt (22%)
min: 10.8     avg: 19.7     median: 19.7 (15%)     max: 28.6 Points per Watt

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