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How Many Cores Do Intel Core i3-1210U CPUs Have?

Find out how many cores Intel's 12th generation Core i3 1210U laptop processors have.

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Last Updated: June 22, 2022

Written by Kevin Jones

In addition to discussing the number of cores in the 1210U, this article will discuss the supported base and turbo frequencies for each core.

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How Many Cores Do 1210U CPUs Have?

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Intel's 1210U CPUs have 2 Performance (P) cores and 4 Efficiency (E) cores for a total of 6 cores.

The P cores are comparable to previous generation cores. They support Hyper-Threading, which means they provide two threads each.

E cores are focused on adding additional threads in an energy-efficient manner. They take up much less room on the CPU and generate less heat. However, their smaller cache and minimal interconnect capabilities make them more appropriate for offloading background tasks.

The Intel Thread Director handles scheduling between the types of cores. Running a game will primarily use P cores. At the same time, the Intel Thread Director may offload operating system tasks and low priority periodic events to E cores.

Which Operating Systems Can Make Optimal Use of the E Cores?

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The Intel Thread Director is used to help operating systems determine onto which cores to schedule work.

Currently, only Windows 11 makes optimal use of the Intel Thread Director.

Linux support for the Intel Thread Director will be available in version 5.18, which is expected to be released in the Spring of 2022. Without this update, Linux will typically prioritize P cores over E cores using the less efficient implementation that uses the Turbo Boost Max 3.0 driver.

How Many Threads Does the 1210U Have?

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Hyper-Threading is only available on Performance cores. One thread for each of the 4 Efficiency cores plus two threads for each of the 2 Performance cores results in a total of 8 threads.

At What Frequency Does the 1210U Run?

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Prior to Intel's 12th generation of processors, CPUs had a single base frequency and max turbo frequency. With Intel's 12 generation processors, the Efficiency and Performance cores use two individual sets of frequency values.

The 2 Performance cores have a 1.00 GHz base frequency and support a 4.40 GHz max turbo frequency.

The 4 Efficiency cores have a 0.70 GHz base frequency and support a 3.30 GHz max turbo frequency.

What Does the U Suffix in 1210U Mean?

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Processor Name Suffix Meaning
U "U" means it is a power-efficient mobile CPU. In other words, it is designed not to use as much power and thus not generate as much heat. These CPUs are ideal for maximizing battery life when doing low-intensity tasks. U-series CPUs use less power than both H and P-series CPUs, but also have the lowest performance.

The 1210U model name doesn't have a K or X suffix, which means that it can not be overclocked.

Learn More About the Intel Core i3-1210U

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You can find detailed 1210U specifications on Intel's site.