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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Intel Celeron N3160 Quad Core SoC

Celeron N3160
Celeron N3160
The Celeron N3160 is quad-core SoC for entry-level notebooks. It is based on Braswell platform and runs at the base clock speed of 1.6 GHz (1600 KHz) but with CPU burst speed of 2.24 GHz (2240 KHz). With 4 processing cores and a clock speed between 1.6-2.24 GHz, the technical specifications are somewhat similar to the previous Intel Celeron N2930, so the processor performance is only marginally better. This means the processor is suitable for everyday tasks like office and browsing; and even light multi-tasking should be no problem.

The SoC (System on a Chip) is manufactured using 14 nm technology and includes a DirectX 11.2-capable GPU as well as a DDR3L Memory Controller (2x 64 bit, 25.6 GB/s). Compared to the predecessor Celeron N3150, the N3160 has a 160 MHz higher Burst clock. 
Celeron N3160
Celeron N3160

The integrated GPU in this SOC is Intel HD Graphics (Braswell) which is based on the Intel Gen8 architecture and supports DirectX 11.2 and is also found in the Broadwell series. The GPU has 12 EUs (Execution Units) and a clock speed of up to 640 MHz, however, the GPU performance is much lower. This GPU is a bit slower than the older HD Graphics 4000. Only older and simple games will run smoothly. The chip also includes an advanced video unit with support for 4K/H.265 video acceleration.
Intel Celeron N3160 PassMark. The higher the score the better the performance.

Moreover, this SOC has 2048 kB level 2 cache. The TDP – Thermal Design Power of this SOC is about 6 watts which is designed for small laptops. It supports 64 bit technology and hardware virtualizations like VT-x. This SOC was announced last April 1, 2017.

The Celeron N3160  has a PassMArk CPU mark of 1704 which is more powerful compared to Celeron N3060 with a passmark score of 987; Atom Z3735F with a score of 909; and as powerful as Pentium 3700 with a score of 1863 but less powerful than Core i3-7100U.  

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