Intel Core m3-7Y30 Lower-Mid-Range Power-Efficient CPU

The Intel Core m3-7Y30 is a power-efficient processor for ultra-portable laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 PCs. It belongs to the Intel Core M series and consumes 4.5 Watts of power, as opposed to the more widely adopted 15-Watt Intel Core U series. The Core M series, including the Core m3-7Y30, enables fanless computer designs due to their low heat dissipation. The Core M lineup can handle very well the usual computing chores. It ensures smooth web browsing, media playback, work in productivity apps, and even some casual PC gaming.

Intel Core m3-7Y30 Benchmark

Intel Core m3-7Y30 Benchmark

Benchmark results show the m3-7Y30 offers a great performance-per-Watt ratio. For instance, it’s very close performance-wise to the corresponding Intel Core U-series part – the i3-7100U, while consuming much less power. But, it’s worth noting that that the m3 is usually found in pricier laptops. Also, the Intel Core U series feature the HD 620 integrated graphics which is somewhat faster than the HD 615 on the Intel Core M chips.

Specifications of the Intel Core m3-7Y30

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Core m3-7Y30:

Processor Name

Intel Core M3-7Y30

CPU Family

Intel Core M "Kaby Lake"

Number of Cores

Dual-core / 2 threads per core

CPU Clock Speed

1-2.6 GHz

Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 1600MHz
DDR3 1866MHz

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD 615

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

Thin-and-light laptops & 2-in-1 PCs


Intel HyperThreading
Intel QuickSync Video
Intel TurboBoost
VT-d virtualization
VT-x virtualization

User Benchmark Average CPU Score



Written by Dan Z on June 29, 2017

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the Intel Core m3-7Y30

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4.33 out of 5
(3 user reviews) Intel Core m3-7Y30

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I played games like Vampyr and Life Is Strange 2 on this with lowest settings. It is amazing that, this low power cpu can run those games. Power consumption is about 9 to 15 watts (CPU+GPU). Used a laptop cooler and the max temperature was about 65 degree C.

    Gaming is not recommended if you want to long life (4 years)

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

    Surface Laptop m3 (1st gen)

    Good for web/video/office work but awful for gaming. I know it’s not for gaming but it can run games with crappy frame rate. While running heavy games, gets hot like woven (upto 15Watts TDP CPU+GPU) which is bad for laptop battery. Expecting too much and tried gaming, but nah – don’t game on this puppy.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt Andrzejczuk

    Yeah… I was pretty damn amazed by the tiny scale and power of this thing… I don’t like laptops since I will always be tethered to an AC outlet with a laptop anyway, so I just find it better to use a powerhouse desktop as a primary workstation for all my CPU and GPU intensive needs. My expensive laptop just collects dust while I’m at home.

    But I got a pocket sized PC with this M3 chip and was blown away by how well it handles my power user needs. (i.e. code development IDEs while either docker or a vm runs linux in the background).

    This CPU appears slow on paper but greatly outperforms the previous generation quad core x64-bit Atom CPU.

  4. Marc Jones

    My question is this can it do Video editing?

    • Danijel Z

      Yes it can, but performance can be noticeably worse than on laptops with the more popular current Intel Core U-series counterparts, such as the 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U. The i3 is a mainstream CPU, while the m3 is primarily designed for lower power consumption and lower heat in order to better fit in thin-and-light laptops.

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