Intel Core i3-8121U
The Core i3-8121U is a 2 core CPU from Intel released in 2018. This chip has a good overall score at 30% in our CPU benchmark. Our gaming benchmark shows that this CPU is a very good processor for gaming, with a score of 51%. As for multitasking and heavy workloads, the Core i3-8121U scores 24% and 23% respectively. Indeed, this is an average rating for very heavy workloads.
The Core i3-8121U has 2 cores and 4 threads. This CPU makes use of simultaneous multithreading technology to improve performance on parallel tasks. Each physical CPU core is divided into multiple logical processors. This Intel CPU has a clock speed of 2.2 GHz. This CPU has a locked multiplier, so you are not able to overclock it beyond this frequency.
In terms of cache, the Core i3-8121U has 128 KiB of level 1 cache, 0 MiB of level 2 cache and 4 MiB of level 3 cache. This is a fast memory located close to the processor, which stores copies of frequently used data from main memory.
Power and thermals for the Intel Core i3-8121U CPU are a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 15 watts. This measures the amount of heat the processor produces when running at full load. This isn't a measure of power consumption, but it's good estimate.
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