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Intel Celeron N4020 vs Intel Celeron N4000

Intel Celeron N4020

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The Intel Celeron N4020 is an energy-efficient, dual-core processor (SoC) of the Gemini Lake Refresh product family; as such, it is designed for use in laptops and mini-PCs of the most affordable flavor. The Celeron was launched in Q4 2019. Its CPU cores run at 1.1 GHz to 2.8 GHz, the latter being a moderate 200 MHz upgrade over the preceding N4000 chip. Other key specs include a DDR4/LPDDR4 memory controller (up to 2,400 MHz and up to 8 GB, with independent reports claiming as much as 32 GB will work just fine) and the integrated UHD Graphics 600 graphics adapter.

Architecture

Just like Apollo Lake family products, the ever-popular N3350 included, Celeron N4020 is manufactured by Intel on a 14 nm process. What makes these newer Celerons different are the slightly improved processor cores with double the L2 cache and also, somewhat counterintuitively, their smaller chip area.

The Goldmont Plus microarchitecture is familiar to us from Gemini Lake processors like the N4000. A moderately large 4 MB L2 cache features prominently on the rather short list of Goldmont Plus' strong sides, allowing for a marginal increase in performance-per-MHz figures compared to Goldmont. Still, Gemini Lake Refresh processors are a clear step-down from the Core i3/i5/i7/i9 series processors, both in performance and in features.

N4020 has six PCI-Express 2.0 lanes at its disposal. While very few N4020-based SBCs, nettops and laptops feature an NVMe M.2 slot, you can use an NVMe SSD as a boot drive with this processor (read/write rates will be limited to 2 GB/s though). Furthermore, partial Wi-Fi 5 support is built into the CPU. The Celeron also supports up to eight USB 3.0 ports and two SATA III storage devices.

Please note this is not a user-replaceable CPU. They solder it straight on to the motherboard for good (FCBGA1090 socket interface).

Performance

While slightly faster than the outgoing Celeron N4000, this is a very unimpressive CPU no matter how you slice it. As fat as multi-thread performance is concerned, the average Celeron N4020 in our database barely manages to outgun the i5-4210Y, a processor of nearly the same energy efficiency that was launched so many years ago (in 2013, to be exact). Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c and Intel Celeron N4500 are close nearby as well. All in all, per-thread and per-MHz performance of Gemini Lake Refresh processors are nothing to write home about, rendering them usable for basic tasks only such as word processing and web browsing with just two or three tabs open.

It is worth noting that Intel Celeron N4120, a quad-core processor with a similar name, has little trouble leaving the dual-core N4020 behind in most workloads - which is not to say it is a fast CPU.

Graphics

The UHD Graphics 600 is based on Intel's Generation 9 architecture, much like HD Graphics 520 or UHD Graphics 615 or so many other widespread Intel iGPUs.

Just like HD Graphics 500, the UHD Graphics 600 supports DX 12 and has 12 EUs clocked at up to 650 MHz. The Iris Plus G7 iGPU that certain 10th Gen Ice Lake processors have packs 64 EUs, for reference. As a low-end solution, UHD Graphics 600 will let you play some seriously old titles, but that's about it.

Perhaps more importantly, this graphics solution will let you run up to 3 monitors with resolutions as high as [email protected] Furthermore, it will have no trouble HW-decoding AVC, HEVC and VP9 videos. The newer AV1 codec will be decoded via software, with the limited CPU horsepower imposing a hard limit on the video resolution that can be played back without stuttering. 1080p60 YouTube videos are out of reach while 720p25 videos run fine, to give you an example.

Power Consumption

The low 6 W TDP (also known as the Power Limit 1) makes it easy to ditch the fan. While the Celeron can indeed be cooled passively with almost no issues, its performance sustainability will be anything but decent unless the long-term Power Limit is set to a value higher than the default 6 W and a fan is available to aid in heat dissipation.

Intel Celeron N4000

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The Intel Celeron N4000 is a dual-core SoC designed for affordable laptops and mini-PCs and was announced late 2017. It runs at 1.1 GHz to 2.6 GHz (Single Core Burst, Multi Core Burst maxes out at 2.5 GHz) and is based on the Gemini Lake platform. Similar to the Apollo Lake predecessor, the chip is manufactured on a 14 nm process with FinFETs but offers slightly improved processor cores, double the amount of L2 cache, all in a smaller package. Partial Wi-Fi 5 support is baked into the chip. Besides two CPU cores, the chip also includes a DirectX 12 capable GPU as well as a DDR4/LPDDR4 memory controller (dual-channel, up to 2400 MHz). The SoC is not replaceable as it is directly soldered to the mainboard.

Architecture

The processor architecture was slightly reworked and is now called Goldmont Plus. It features a larger L2 cache (4 MB). That means the per-clock-performance should be a bit better, but not anywhere near the Core CPUs like Kaby Lake Y.

Performance

The average N4000 in our database only just matches Intel Core i5-4300Y, a dual-core processor of nearly the same energy efficiency, in multi-thread performance. This renders the Celeron a very slow processor for all but the most basic of uses, providing for long load times and generlly painful user experience.

Graphics

The UHD Graphics 600 (Gemini Lake) is based on Intel's Generation 9 architecture, which supports DirectX 12 and is also used for the Kaby Lake / Skylake / Apollo Lake graphics adapters (like HD Graphics 520). Equipped with 12 EUs and a clock of up to 650 MHz, the performance should be roughly on par with the older HD Graphics 500 (Apollo Lake).

The chip also includes an advanced video engine with hardware support for the playback of VP9 and H.265 (8-bit color-depth).

Power Consumption

Just like most other N-class Celerons and Pentiums, Celeron N4000 has a 6 W TDP (also known as the long-term power limit). The short-term power limit can be as high as 15 W. This will obviously differ a lot between various systems. Last but not the least, this Celeron is manufactured on an old 14 nm process for poor energy efficiency.

ModelIntel Celeron N4020Intel Celeron N4000
SeriesIntel Gemini LakeIntel Gemini Lake
CodenameGemini Lake RefreshGemini Lake
Series: Gemini Lake Gemini Lake
Intel Pentium Silver J5040 compare2 - 3.2 GHz4 / 4
Intel Pentium Silver N5030 compare2 - 3.1 GHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4125 compare2 - 2.7 GHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron N4120 compare1.1 - 2.6 GHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4115 compare1.8 - 2.5 GHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4025 compare2 - 2.9 GHz2 / 2
» Intel Celeron N40201.1 - 2.8 GHz2 / 2
Intel Celeron J4105 compare1.5 - 2.5 GHz4 / 4
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 compare1.1 - 2.7 GHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4005 compare2 - 2.7 GHz2 / 2
Intel Celeron N4100 compare1.1 - 2.4 GHz4 / 4
» Intel Celeron N40001.1 - 2.6 GHz2 / 2
Clock1100 - 2800 MHz1100 - 2600 MHz
L2 Cache4 MB4 MB
Cores / Threads2 / 22 / 2
TDP6 Watt6 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm
SocketFCBGA1090FCBGA1090
FeaturesIntel UHD Graphics 600 (12 EUs, 200 - 650 MHz), Quick Sync, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR4-2400Intel UHD Graphics 600 (12 EUs, 200 - 650 MHz), Quick Sync, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR4-2400
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 600 (200 - 650 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 600 (200 - 650 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
Announced
$107 U.S.
ManufacturerIntel Gemini Lake Celeron N4000

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - Celeron N4020
17.5 pt (20%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - Celeron N4000
16.2 pt (18%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
175 Points (20%)
160 Points (18%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
316 Points (1%)
273 Points (1%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
144.1 Points (1%)
min: 121     avg: 132.7     median: 138 (1%)     max: 139 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
78.9 Points (24%)
min: 65     avg: 70.3     median: 70.9 (22%)     max: 75 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
1.7 Points (2%)
1.7 Points (2%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
0.9 Points (3%)
0.9 Points (3%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
2184 Points (18%)
2152 Points (18%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
4427 Points (5%)
4030 Points (5%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
932 s (11%)
1007 s (12%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
29.7 s (6%)
31.9 s (6%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
766 Points (4%)
760 Points (4%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
4498 MIPS (3%)
4114 MIPS (3%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
2456 MIPS (29%)
2298 MIPS (27%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
10 fps (4%)
9.5 fps (3%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
50.1 fps (12%)
47.3 fps (11%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
0.9 fps (2%)
0.8 fps (2%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.1 GB/s (0%)
0.1 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
0.1 GB/s (0%)
0.1 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
1 GB/s (0%)
0.9 GB/s (0%)
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
4064 Seconds (29%)
4736 Seconds (33%)
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
1.5 sec (33%)
1.7 sec (36%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
2495 Points (5%)
2259 Points (5%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
24.2 s (5%)
25.3 s (5%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
53.9 s (2%)
57.5 s (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
1220 s (5%)
1295 s (6%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
1740 Points (5%)
min: 1638     avg: 1713     median: 1712.5 (5%)     max: 1787 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
1852 Points (3%)
1974 Points (4%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
1389 Points (20%)
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
475 Points (21%)
min: 431     avg: 433.5     median: 433.5 (19%)     max: 436 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
858 Points (3%)
min: 797     avg: 802     median: 801.5 (3%)     max: 806 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
434 Points (19%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
791 Points (2%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
2019 Points (21%)
1862 Points (19%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
3404 Points (4%)
3219 Points (4%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 2306     avg: 2382     median: 2381.5 (3%)     max: 2457 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
446.5 ms (5%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
15679 Points (16%)
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
76.2 Points (20%)
min: 71.2     avg: 78.6     median: 78.6 (21%)     max: 86 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Computer Vision
6152 Points (32%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Storage
22786 Points (49%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score 2.0
7604 Points (50%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score
10205 Points (51%)
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
12.5 Watt (2%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
10.1 Watt (2%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
14.3 Points per Watt (16%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Celeron N4020 → 100% n=32

Average Benchmarks Intel Celeron N4000 → 95% n=32

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