Intel Core i3 N300 series spotted, no Performance cores here

Published: Sep 29th 2022, 12:38 GMT   Comments

Alder Lake-N is part of Intel Core series

Intel is working on new low-power SKUs.

A long awaited N-series of 12th Gen Core silicon is now appearing in first leaks. The i3-N305 and i3-N300 are mobile SKUs with up to 8 cores. What is particularly interesting about these chips is that there are no Performance (Golden Cove) cores here. The Core i3 series rely solely on the Gracemont architecture.

Furthermore, these ultra-low power SKUs would be the first such designs to launch under Core branding. The company recently announced it will discontinue its Celeron and Pentium series in favor of “Intel Processors”. It is believed that Alder Lake-N could now appear as Core i3 and Processor series, except the latter would have fewer cores.

Intel Core i3-N30X Series

The i3-N305 and i3-N300 have now been spotted on Geekbench and BEPCo websites. The former has more data, including base clock of 1.8 GHz, boost up to 3.78 GHz and L1/L2 and L3 cache data confirming this is a Gracemont architecture. The i3-N300 leak comes with no details, other than confirming it is using DDR4-3200 memory.

Intel Core i3-N305 performance, Geekbench

The i3-N305 scores 1025 points in Geekbench V5 single-core test, and 4420 in multi-core. That is not a very high multi-threaded score, but comparable to some popular 8th Gen core SKUs such as i7-8750H (974 and 4438 points respectively). From something more modern, single-core performance is comparable to Ryzen 7 5700U (Zen2/Lucienne) which averages at 1021 and 5433 points.

The list of known Alder Lake-N models is likely to grow soon. Officially, Intel has not announced its Alder Lake-N series yet.

Intel Alder Lake-N Series
CPU Config.Base ClockBoost ClockL2 CacheL3 Cache
Core i3-N3058x Gracemont1.8 GHz3.7 GHz2MB6MB
Core i3-N3008x GracemontTBCTBC2MB6MB
Processor N20X4x GracemontTBCTBCTBCTBC
Processor N10X4x GracemontTBCTBCTBCTBC

Source: BenchLeaks, Geekbench

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