Intel 10nm Chip Core i3-8121U Sisoft Sandra Benchmarks Leaked From Lenovo Labs


The first benchmarks for Intel's 10nm series have finally leaked out from SiSoft Sandra database and it looks like the results are straight from Lenovo's testing labs. The processor in question is the Intel Core i3-8121u and was spotted in a Lenovo 81EY IdeaPad 330-15ICN. Intel uses the first commercial chip on a node to claim victory for its PAO (Process, Architecture, and Optimization) milestones - so for all commercial purposes, Intel has achieved 10nm in 2018.

Intel's 10nm Core i3-8121u benchmarked, nearing commercial availability achieves PAO milestone for 2018

Intel has been stuck on the 14nm process for quite some time now and has been facing unexpected yield issues with its 10nm process. The usual schedule for release for any new process is the mobility products first, followed by the mainstream lineup and finally the enthusiast lineup. For technical purposes, Intel can claim its milestone has been met with the release of the first commercially available product on that process - in this case the 8121u.

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Sisoft Sandra leaks usually happen at the very end of the product development cycle, right before the product is about to hit the markets - and considering this was spotted in a Lenovo Ideapad that is already listed on etailers, I can see this widely available soon after Computex 2018.

The Intel Core 8121u is a dual-core processor with 4 threads. The base clock that we can see listed is 2.21 GHz, and the boost should be somewhere near 3.0 GHz. The processor has 512 KB of L2 cache and 4 MB of L3 cache. The 10nm Intel 8121u processor scores 142.13 Mpix/s in the aggregated score which is just average and a decent score for such a low powered chip.

A couple of while ago, the processor was listed at Intel ARK and the following promotional material also leaked out courtesy of our Chinese counterparts. The relative performance of its predecessor, the i3-6006u and the new 10nm chip is given - which is roughly 25%. Keep in mind that the newer chip is also clocked slightly higher and this level of performance increase is the bare minimum one can expect from a process jump.

The Ideapad 330 features a Cannonlake Core i3-8121U processor, an AMD Radeon RX 540 2 GB discrete graphics card, up to 8 GB of DDR4 memory, up to 1 TB 5400RPM HDD along with a 256 GB SSD that comes with the top configured model and a price of 3299 CNY which is around $450 USD. The notebook is equipped with a 15.6 inch TN panel with a resolution of 1366 x 768. So overall, it’s a very basic notebook for users who want a regular computing environment. Let’s talk about the processor since this is Intel’s first 10nm processor we are looking at