Intel’s first 10nm chips based on the company’s new Cannon Lake architecture are on the way. Just a few days after we spotted a Lenovo IdeaPad 330 processor with a Core i3-8121U Cannon Lake processor, Intel has added detailed specifications for the processor to its website.

Now details for another announced Cannon Lake chip have leaked: say hello to the Core m3-8114Y.

Intel Core M3-8114Y

Spotted in what looks like a benchmark results listing by @TUM_APISAK, the new chip appears to be one of the first Cannon Lake-Y processors. It seems to be a 2-core/4-thread processor with a base clock frequency of 1.5 GHz and turbo speeds up to 2.2 GHz.

Intel’s Core M processors  tend to be low-power chips with TDP ratings around 4.5 watts, or about one third  that of a U-series processor, making these chips better choices for thin, light, and fanless devices.

If these details are accurate, the chip would be the first Core M chips in Intel’s 8th-gen Core processor family.

Intel Core i3-8121U

Intel’s website confirms that this chip will be a 2-core/4-thread processor with a base frequency of 2.2 GHz and turbo speeds up to 3.2 GHz.

It’s a 15 watt processor with support for up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 memory, 4MB of SmartCache, and support for Intel optane memory, Intrel Turbo Boost 2.0, and Intel vritualization technology.

Overall, the processor looks pretty similar to Intel’s 14nm Core i3-8130U processor on paper. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of difference the move to 10nm has on performance and power consumption once real-world test results start to come in.

via wccftech and guru3d



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6 replies on “Intel’s 10nm Core m3-8114Y and Core i3-8121U Cannon Lake chips coming soon”

  1. did you miss the AVX-512 Instruction Set Extensions part ?
    Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512

    does it help with x264 and x265 encoding

  2. Are any of these more recent m class procs going to show up in a desktop style box with adequate cooling? I really want a 4.5w product with a recent m3 in a box ECS like the Liva Core M but with a more recent processor.

    Lattepanda Alpha is supposedly going to be shipping something like that with a m3-7y30 in June but only way to buy I can see is Indiegogo ‘perk’ which I don’t trust…

    The only other 7y30 or 7y57 or 7y75 products I see anywhere are tablets and All-in-One’s which I’m not interested in at all.

  3. Too bad this didn’t come out sooner. The GPD Win 2 would’ve greatly benefited from a 10nm Core M chip. Hopefully these will be shipping in large enough volumes to supply a GPD Win 3 if that ever happens.

    1. These 10nm chips perform worse than last generation 14nm++ so I hope most manufacturers pass unless this is deeply discounted. Intel already admitted to this, that the 14nm++ of Kaby Lake would be slightly better than first gen 10nm for Cannon Lake. The Core M3-8114Y looks particularly bad: 1.5 GHz base, 2.2 GHz boost. Look carefully: the increased base clock is a false flag, since the Core Ms really never stay down at base anyway.

      It has been the boost clocks which have made all the difference. Look closer: the boost clocks are a significant step down from the previous generation. In fact, it also is down at the level of the Skylake Core m3-6Y30 of 2.2 GHz, which is two whole generations old! Just recently, the Core M3-7Y30 had a boost clock of 2.6 GHz.

      Now, I know from experience that many games will already stutter with the 7Y30 due to the CPU bottleneck of the boost clocks. Try playing via Dolphin emulation Star Wars: Rogue Squadron on the Surface Pro M3 or the GPD Win 2–it can often be a stuttering mess even at the lowest internal resolution.

      We need higher boost clocks, not lower ones, and Cannon Lake just does not pass muster for gaming. Now, I would be more interested in a cut-down Raven Ridge in a 2C/4T configuration at 12W or lower. That would give a sizeable performance boost that be meaningful and noticeable in frame rates across the board.

      1. Well another thing to take into consideration is the TDP. A lower TDP means the GPD Win won’t get as hot and the battery life will last longer. As far as gaming performance goes, that purely depends on what kind of games you’re expecting to play on it. I have the original GPD Win with the Atom x7 in it and that runs every game (Halo 1, 2, etc) I intended to play on it just fine. I wasn’t expecting to do much emulation or higher end gaming on it. For the games I play on a GPD Win, the cannon lake would be perfectly suitable.

        I understand for others like you, more performance is expected and battery life/heat are as high concerns for you as others. I think the compromise in that case would be the next GPD Win could offer different performance tiers. On the lower end, use the 10 nm Cannon Lake chips, and on the high end, use the 14nm Kaby Lake Core m7 chips. I’m sure an m7 should still work fine in a device like the GPD Win and meet your performance needs compared to the m3.

        1. I’ve been using the skylake m3 in my HP Spectre x2 12 for about a year and a half now…I still am actually smitten with how nice these little core m chips are. No, they’re not a gaming powerhouse, but I am easily able to play Skyrim, Fallout 3, Fallout: NV, both Metro titles etc on it without any issues and for me that is enough. IF…the newer chips we’re the same speed I wouldn’t care…IF the graphics we’re more powerful. Because frankly, it’s been my experience that the graphics are holding the chips back and not the other way around. I’m also in the camp that will NEVER purchase a tablet with a fan! So…I’m hoping these new M3’s make it into some decent 2-n-1 devices so I can upgrade down the road. That is…as long as the graphics are more powerful. I’ve only heard of these today and haven’t done any research yet. For now…at $400 bucks on Amazon, even almost two years later…I think the HP Spectre x2 12 is an absolute steal. If I set mine next to a brand new one that you just purchased…I completely believe you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The quality of this device is over the top. Zero wear after 18 months of daily use. I’d buy it again in a heartbeat…although, if a person wanted usb-a and thunderbolt…I’d probably recommend the HP business version, plus it can be taken apart easily and has NVMe. The HP x2 1012 I believe. In closing…thanks GeneralKidd for your comments about the x7, it reminds me of the Dell 7 series tablet/keyboard combination I originally purchased that got me in to this style of computing. About the same story for me. It played indie titles and games all the way up to about Bioshock type graphics without issues for me. Anything more was a no go…but it was also enough. Again…for me…cramming an i5/i7 into a tablet and adding fans just doesn’t make sense. Hifihedge also made a few solid points on GHz boost speed…but in my experience with using the HP x2 12…this thing “under normal operation” is as fast as greased lightning…despite the low base clock and gaming graphics are held back by the limitations of the IGP…not the boost speed of the cpu. This conclusion I came to is from watching many many hours of cpu/gpu percentages used while gaming. Thanks Brad for posting this article!

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