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Core i3-8121U CPU found in Intel’s ARK database

The Core i3-8121U notebook CPU does not have integrated graphics

Intel put a listing of its 10nm cannon lake CPU, starting with the Core i3-8121U for notebooks. As its launched date is Q2 2018, we should be seeing various notebooks with this mobile CPU. One of them is the Lenovo Ideapad 330 which is released in China. Intel is slowly moving towards a newer platform for both desktop and laptop variants since we’ve seen official information about its Z390 desktop chipset.

Performance
# of Cores/Threads 2/4
Base/Boost Clock 2.2 GHz/ 3.20 GHz
Cache 4MB Smart Cache
TDP 15W
Memory
Max Memory Support 32GB
Memory Type DDR4 2400, LPDDR4 2400, LPDDR4/x 2400
Channels 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 41.6 GB/s
ECC Memory Support No

This is a 10nm Cannon lake based two-core CPU with four threads. The Core i3 CPU has base/boost clock of 2.2/3.2 GHz with 15-watt TDP. It supports up to 32GB non-ECC memory but the new addition is the support of low-power LPDDR4X-2400, along with DDR4-2400 and LPDDR4-2400 spec with two channels.

No on-chip GPU?

Interestingly, the ARK database does not have any information about its on-chip graphics. You would assume the Core i3 to have on-chip graphics for low-budget notebooks, mini-PCs and NUCs, but that’s not the case. In the Lenovo 330 notebook specification, the AMD Radeon RX 540 2GB is the graphics solution. Would Intel have on-chip and GPU-less variants with Cannon Lake CPUs?

Core i3-8121U CPU found in Intel’s ARK database from hardware

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