Intel Celeron N4120 vs Intel Pentium Silver N5030

Intel Celeron N4120

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The Intel Celeron N4120 is a quad-core SoC primarily for inexpensive notebooks and was announced late 2019. It runs at 1.1-2.6 GHz (Single Core Burst) and is based on the Gemini Lake platform. Compared to the predecessor, the Celeron N4100, the refresh offers a 200 MHz higher Boost clock. Similar to the Apollo Lake predecessors, the chip is manufactured in a 14 nm process with FinFETs but offers slightly improved processor cores, double the amount of L2 cache, a smaller package, a new generation of monitor outputs (Gen 10) and a partly integrated WiFi chip. Besides four 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 ist still called Goldmont Plus. Compared to the older Goldmont cores in Apollo Lake, they feature an increased level 2 cache (to 4 MB). That means the per-clock-performance should be a bit better, but not near the Core CPUs like Kaby Lake Y.

Performance

The CPU performance of the Celeron N4120 is slightly higher than the older N4100 thanks to the 200 MHz higher Boost clock. Compared to the more expensive Core Y processors, especially the single thread performance is much lower in the Gemini Lake based SoCs. Still for basic tasks like office suits, browsing with moderate multitasking the processor performance should be fine.

GPU Performance

The UHD Graphics 600 (Gemini Lake) is based on Intel's Gen9 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 700 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 material (8-bit color-depth).

Power Consumption

Similar to the predecessor, Intel specifies the TDP with 6 Watts (SDP 4.8 Watts – Scenario Design Power). The chip can therefore be cooled passively in theory, but SKUs with fans are possible as well.

Intel Pentium Silver N5030

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The Intel Pentium Silver N5030 is a quad-core SoC primarily for inexpensive notebooks and was announced late 2019. It runs at 1.1-3.1 GHz (Single Core Burst) and is based on the Gemini Lake platform. The 5030 is the refresh of the older Pentium 5000 and offers a 400 MHz higher Boost clock. Similar to the Apollo Lake predecessor, the chip is manufactured in a 14 nm process with FinFETs but offers slightly improved processor cores, double the amount of L2 cache, a smaller package, a new generation of monitor outputs (Gen 10) and a partly integrated WiFi chip. Besides four 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 ist still called Goldmont Plus. Compared to the older Goldmont cores in Apollo Lake, they feature an increased level 2 cache (to 4 MB). That means the per-clock-performance should be a bit better, but not near the Core CPUs like Kaby Lake Y.

Performance

The CPU performance of the Pentium Silver N5030 is thanks to the 400 MHz higher boost clock clearly faster than the old Silver N5000. Compared to the more expensive Core Y processors, especially the single thread performance is much lower in the Gemini Lake based SoCs. Still for basic tasks like office suits, webbrowsing with moderate multitasking the processor performance should be fine.

GPU Performance

The UHD Graphics 605 (Gemini Lake) is based on Intel's Gen9 architecture, which supports DirectX 12 and is also used for the Kaby Lake / Skylake / Apollo Lake graphics adapters (like HD Graphics 520). Equipped with 18 EUs and a clock of up to 750 MHz, the performance should be roughly on par with the older HD Graphics 5300 and HD Graphics 505 (Apollo Lake).

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

Power Consumption

Similar to the predecessor, Intel specifies the TDP with 6 Watts (SDP 4.8 Watts – Scenario Design Power). The chip can therefore be cooled passively in theory, but SKUs with fans are possible as well.

Intel Celeron N4120Intel Pentium Silver N5030
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Intel Pentium Silver N50302000 - 3100 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4105 (compare)1500 - 2500 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4005 (compare)2000 - 2700 MHz2 / 2
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (compare)1100 - 2700 MHz4 / 4
» Intel Celeron N41201100 - 2600 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron N4100 (compare)1100 - 2400 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron N4020 (compare)1100 - 2800 MHz2 / 2
Intel Celeron N4000 (compare)1100 - 2600 MHz2 / 2
» Intel Pentium Silver N50302000 - 3100 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4105 (compare)1500 - 2500 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4005 (compare)2000 - 2700 MHz2 / 2
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (compare)1100 - 2700 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron N41201100 - 2600 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron N4100 (compare)1100 - 2400 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron N4020 (compare)1100 - 2800 MHz2 / 2
Intel Celeron N4000 (compare)1100 - 2600 MHz2 / 2
1100 - 2600 MHz2000 - 3100 MHz
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Intel UHD Graphics 605 (18 EUs, 200 - 700 MHz), Quick Sync, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR4-2400Intel UHD Graphics 605 (18 EUs, 200 - 750 MHz), Quick Sync, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR4-2400
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 600 (200 - 700 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 605 (200 - 750 MHz)
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Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
194 Points (36%)
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
491 Points (5%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
174 Points (4%)
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
77 Points (34%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
6841 MIPS (7%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
2758 MIPS (18%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
1 fps (4%)
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Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU *
3319 Seconds (23%)
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean *
1.5 sec (33%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1915 Points (30%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5477 Points (10%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
2076 ms (3%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Celeron N4120 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Pentium Silver N5030 → 100%

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