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.

Note: The benchmark scores of the listed processors are averages measured across various devices with these processors. The scores and real-world performance of the Intel Core m3-7Y30 and compared CPUs may vary depending on the notebooks' other components, settings, cooling, and other factors. However, the benchmark results are good indicators of the processors' performance.

Specifications of the Intel Core m3-7Y30

Here are the most important specs 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 computing threads per core

CPU Clock Speed

1-2.6 GHz

Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR3 (1866 MHz max. speed)

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD 615

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

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

Notable Technologies

Intel HyperThreading (enables two computing threads per physical processor core)
Intel QuickSync Video (speeds up conversion of video files)
Intel TurboBoost (dynamically boosts performance of cores, depending on power and thermal headroom)
VT-d virtualization
VT-x virtualization

User Benchmark Average CPU Score


Published on June 29, 2017

User Reviews and Q&A on the Intel Core m3-7Y30

Below you can read and submit user reviews, questions, and answers about the processor. Thank you for your contribution.

Current rating: 4.33 out of 5 stars
  1. 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. 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. 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. Pran

    The new yoga book c930 comes with this processor and 4GB DDR3|se|google|503824144701|SE+-+Branded+-+Yoga+C930+-+B|G+-+SE+-+EMEA+-+Lenovo+-+PS+-+B+-+Tablet+-+Yoga+-+Yoga+Book|1536964003&s_kwcid=AL!4317!3!291960297579!b!!g!!%2Byoga%20%2Bc930
    Do you think, c930 can handle illustrator and photoshop?

  5. 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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