Intel Celeron N4000

Intel Celeron
Intel Celeron

The Intel Celeron N4000 is a dual-core SoC designed for inexpensive notebooks announced last 2017. Its CPU has a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz with a boost speed of up to 2.6 GHz using a single core but with both sores the speed peaks at 2.5 GHz. It is based on the Gemini Lake architecture. The Intel N4000 SoC is constructed in a 14 nm process with FinFETs. A fin field-effect transistor (FinFET) is a multi-gate device, a MOSFET constructed on a substrate where the gate is located on two, three, or four sides of the channel or enveloped around the channel, creating a double gate assembly. 

The Celeron N4000 only offers marginally enhanced processor cores, double the amount of L2 cache, a reduced package, a new generation of monitor outputs (Gen 10), and a partially incorporated WiFi chip. Besides, the two CPU cores, the SoC also incorporates a DirectX 12 capable GPU as well as a DDR4/LPDDR4 memory controller - dual-channel, designed up to 2400 MHz of speed. The SoC is not replaceable because it is directly welded to the mainboard.

Because of the slightly modified CPU architecture and the 200 MHz greater boost clock speed, the CPU performance of the Intel Celeron N4100 is slightly better than the old Intel Celeron N3450. The performance should reach the level of the old Pentium N4200 clocked at 1.1 GHz up to 2.5 GHz with 2 MB L2 cache manufactured using the Apollo Lake architecture. With regards to the more pricey Core Y processors, particularly the single-thread performance is considerably inferior in this SoC. Nevertheless, for basic tasks like office apps, browsing with average multitasking the SoC performance would be acceptable.

The UHD Graphics 600 in this Gemini Lake-based SoC is built on Intel's Gen9 architecture. Therefore, it supports DirectX 12 which is also employed for the Kaby Lake; Skylake; and Apollo Lake graphics adapters like the Intel HD Graphics 520. The integrated GPU is provided with 12 EUs and a clock speed of up to 700 MHz, the performance should be almost similar to the previous HD Graphics 500 in the Apollo Lake architecture.

Other Features
The SoC also incorporates an advanced video engine with hardware support for the playback of VP9; H.265 material with 8-bit color-depth; Quick Sync; AES-NI; max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR4-2400.

Akin to its ancestor, Intel indicates the Thermal Design Power (TDP) or power consumption of this SoC to 6 Watts. It has a level 2 cache of 4MB.

The Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core SoC has a CPU Mark Score of 1467. This is better compared to Intel Atom X7-Z8700 but inferior compared to Celeron N4100, Pentium N5000, and Ryzen 3-3200. The higher the CPU Benchmark score, the better the performance. Visit this link for other comparison.

Table showing the performance of Celeron N4100 compared to other processors.

Processor CPU Benchmark
Ryzen 3-3200 4103
Pentium N5000 2618
Celeron N4100 2456
PRO A12-8830B 2392
Celeron N3450 1927
A9-9420 1536
Celeron N4000 1463
Atom x7-z8700 1325
Core i3-3217u 1180

CPU Benchmark Score of Intel Celeron N4000 compared to other processor.
CPU Benchmark Score of Intel Celeron N4000 compared to other processor.

The benchmark scores of the recorded processors are averages calculated among various machines. The scores and real-world performance of the Intel Celeron N4000 and compared processors may differ subject to the laptops' included components, settings, cooling system, and other factors. On the other hand, the benchmark scores are good markers of the processors' performance. Generally, the higher the scores, the better its performance level.

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