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Intel Core i3-8121U 10nm processor hits ARK database

by Mark Tyson on 16 May 2018, 11:01

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At the start of the week we observed that the Lenovo Ideapad 330 was available for sale in China. The headlining fact about this was that this modest Lenovo laptop became the first PC to ship with a 10nm Intel Cannon Lake CPU, the Intel Core i3-8121U. Another interesting thing about the budget machine was that its processor didn't offer integrated graphics of any kind and so a discrete GPU, in the shape of the AMD Radeon RX 540 2GB, was installed.

At the time of the above news breaking I headed on over to the Intel ARK database to see if the Intel Core i3-8121U was listed to verify its specifications. It was not. Searching the ARK this morning it seems that Intel has quietly inserted the Intel Core i3-8121U into its processor database. That's great for verifying the processor's specs and for confirming that what we reported on Monday was correct.

To summarise, the Intel Core i3-8121U is a 2C/4T processor with a 2.2GHz base frequency and a 3.2GHz max turbo frequency. Intel has equipped 4MB of SmartCache to this 10nm processor which has a TDP of 15W. This new i3 can support up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM in two channels and offers a max bandwidth of 41.6GB/s.

Perhaps more interesting are the missing specs. There is no IGP listed and if present on the silicon it must be disabled. Intel recently updated its Architecture Instruction Set Extensions And Future Features document, which states that the Cannon Lake processors support AVX-512 but the Core i3-8121U doesn't support this feature. However the lack of AVX-512 support is understandable in a low cost laptop.

The Crimson Canyon NUC, due next month, is rumoured to come packing this Cannon Lake i3 processor too. In our 23rd April report, HEXUS reported that a source claimed the NUC would come with an accompanying Radeon RX 550 mobile GPU fitted with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM.



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is it true GFoundries 14nm is not a true 14nm but 20nm with certain FinFet sections at 14nm? So some speculators are claiming TSMC /SAMSUNG and GF 7nm process is actually equivalent to intel's 10nm process. Plain gossip or pure architectural facts that intel is still at the top of tech?
Samsung appear above Intel in fab tech these days - I mean they have been shipping 10nm for ages, they have great 3d flash and they seem to be best overall on dram. Intel in many ways seem to have lost their way, especially in the field of cpu's both with the actual cpu's and in the node they are produced on
lumireleon
is it true GFoundries 14nm is not a true 14nm but 20nm with certain FinFet sections at 14nm? So some speculators are claiming TSMC /SAMSUNG and GF 7nm process is actually equivalent to intel's 10nm process. Plain gossip or pure architectural facts that intel is still at the top of tech?

Why the heck would u fools bother playing the marketing BS game set up by Intel. The performance gains from AMD already show that the independent fabs likes GloFo/TSMS/Samsung have already caught up if not surpassed Intel. AMD, without having to concern themselves with the R&D or retooling costs, can use ANY of them so long as they make the best. Boy are you 20 years out of date!
What a crap BS CPU! It will be dead on arrival.

AMD doesn't even bother making dual core CPUs anymore. Its cheapest lowest end CPU/APU is quad cores at least. Are consumers really so dumb as to buy this dual core i3 crap?
preter_s
What a crap BS CPU! It will be dead on arrival.

AMD doesn't even bother making dual core CPUs anymore. Its cheapest lowest end CPU/APU is quad cores at least. Are consumers really so dumb as to buy this dual core i3 crap?

Less dumb, more uncaring. There will be people for whom this does a job nicely. It just doesn't meet our personal performance standards, is all.