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Intel Celeron N3350

The Intel Celeron N3350 is an Apollo Lake family, dual-core, ultra-low-power processor (SoC) that saw the light of day in 2016. Its two cores run at 1.1 GHz to 2.4 GHz; these are not Hyper-Threading-enabled meaning there are no additional threads. This chip has a fairly competent integrated graphics solution, the Intel HD Graphics 500, and eats very little (~6 W).

Amusingly enough, Intel keeps making and selling the Celeron as of late 2022, albeit the price has dropped from about $100 to about $20 per unit making the CPU even more popular with ultra-budget nettop and laptop makers.

Architecture & Features

Just like other Celeron N, Celeron J, Pentium N, Pentium J processors, this Celeron is notable for its small die size. It is easy to manufacture, lowering the costs and enabling Intel to compete with various ARM-based products (hello, Raspberry Pi).

The Celeron N3350 features the Goldmont CPU microarchitecture. This replaces the dated Silvermont (2013), bringing with it several welcome improvements and making for a double-digit IPC improvement. There is still no L3 cache to be found here, however, it now takes less cycles to perform many operations.

The Celeron is compatible with DDR3L-1866, LPDDR3-1866, LPDDR4-2400 RAM. Intel's guidelines state that up to 8 GB are supported; that being said, various forum users report that the CPU functions just fine if mated to 16 GB and even 32 GB of RAM. The chip features six PCI-Express 2.0 lanes for connecting various devices, meaning a four-lane NVMe SSD will not be able to deliver a data transfer rate of more than 2 GB/s. eMMC and SATA storage is supported natively, too.

This Intel CPU is Secure Boot-compatible; technically, it will have no issue running 64-bit Windows 11. However, Microsoft only allows Windows 11 to be installed on systems with CPUs released in 2017 or later, making 64-bit Windows 10 the only OS that the Celeron is officially compatible with.

Last but not the least, please keep in mind that this is not a user-replaceable CPU. It gets permanently soldered to the motherboard (BGA1296 socket interface).

Performance

The average N3350 in our database is just as fast as the Atom x5-Z8300 and the Core 2 Duo SU7300, as far as multi-thread benchmark scores are concerned. Which is not fast at all. In fact, the two cores of this Celeron trail behind a single core of any half-decent CPU such as Intel's very own Core i3-7130U. A proper x86 CPU, Celeron N3350 will let you run nearly any Windows app, the caveat being that you will have to wait for several seconds every time you click on something. Windows 10 takes nearly a minute to fully boot with this CPU.

Graphics

The Intel HD Graphics 500 (Apollo Lake) is the highlight of this little Celeron. As far as the feature set is concerned, the HD Graphics 500 is not much different from the HD Graphics 520 or any other graphics adapter that full-blown six-generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 chips have. This iGPU is compatible with DX12; it will drive up to 3 monitors with resolutions as high as 2160p60. It will happily decode VP9 and AVC-encoded videos, too. These are the two codecs that YouTube mostly relies on, as of 2021.

It's not all roses and sunshine. To keep power consumption under control, the number of Execution Units was reduced to 12 (the HD Graphics 520 has 24 EUs at its disposal, for reference). Besides, the UHD Graphics runs at up to 650 MHz which is not a lot. Very few games will be playable on this graphics solution - mostly, ones that were released in the 2000s or even in the 1990s.

Power consumption

The Celeron's default TDP (also known as the Power Limit 1) is 6 W, making it a great option for passively cooled systems. Increasing the PL1 by one or two watts, which many systems built around Apollo Lake allow one to do, makes for a much more responsive user experience, speaking subjectively.

Energy efficiency isn't great here, as Intel's 14 nm processes are very old as of mid 2022.

SeriesIntel Celeron
CodenameApollo Lake

Series: Celeron Apollo Lake

Intel Celeron J3455 compare1.5 - 2.3 GHz4 / 4 cores
Intel Celeron N3450 compare1.1 - 2.2 GHz4 / 4 cores
Intel Celeron J3355 compare2 - 2.5 GHz2 / 2 cores
Intel Celeron N3350 « 1.1 - 2.4 GHz2 / 2 cores
Clock Rate1100 - 2400 MHz
Level 2 Cache2 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 2
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)6 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature105 °C
SocketBGA1296
FeaturesDDR3L-1866/LPDDR3-1866/LPDDR4-2400 RAM, PCIe 2, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES
GPUIntel HD Graphics 500 (200 - 650 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Starting Price$24 U.S.
Announcement Date09/01/2016
Product Link (external)ark.intel.com

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
11.6 pt (16%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 100     avg: 103.5     median: 103.5 (12%)     max: 107 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 151     avg: 170.5     median: 170.5 (0%)     max: 190 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 81     avg: 85.4     median: 85 (1%)     max: 92 Points
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Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1.07     avg: 1.1     median: 1.1 (1%)     max: 1.12 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 0.59     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (15%)     max: 0.6 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 1458     avg: 1570     median: 1490 (9%)     max: 1917 points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 1225     avg: 1300     median: 1258 (15%)     max: 1418 s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 2692     avg: 2980     median: 2979.5 (2%)     max: 3267 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 1653     avg: 1724     median: 1723.5 (21%)     max: 1794 MIPS
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 0.63     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (1%)     max: 0.65 fps
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Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 6275     avg: 6276     median: 6276 (44%)     max: 6277 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 2.21     avg: 2.3     median: 2.3 (50%)     max: 2.433 sec
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 1624     avg: 1655     median: 1654.5 (4%)     max: 1685 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 27.5     avg: 29.2     median: 27.5 (6%)     max: 32.5 s
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 1515     avg: 1532     median: 1538 (7%)     max: 1543 s
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 11556     avg: 12344     median: 12344 (10%)     max: 13132 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 11665     avg: 12042     median: 12041.5 (10%)     max: 12418 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 10653     avg: 12775     median: 13161.5 (11%)     max: 14698 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 310     avg: 320     median: 320 (14%)     max: 330 points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 591     avg: 606     median: 605.5 (1%)     max: 620 points
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 2427     avg: 2599     median: 2619.5 (3%)     max: 2731 points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1464     avg: 1491     median: 1500 (20%)     max: 1510 points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 2529     avg: 2589     median: 2589 (6%)     max: 2648 points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
min: 2409     avg: 2468     median: 2467.5 (4%)     max: 2526 points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
min: 1314     avg: 1328     median: 1327.5 (26%)     max: 1341 points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 3108     avg: 3519     median: 3443 (4%)     max: 4230 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 255     avg: 370.3     median: 299.2 (3%)     max: 628 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 8457     avg: 9831     median: 9492.5 (9%)     max: 11461 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 49.2     avg: 55.4     median: 52.2 (11%)     max: 68 Points
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
6.7 Watt (1%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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