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Intel Celeron N4020

Intel Celeron N4020

The Intel Celeron N4020 is a slow 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 an integrated UHD 600 graphics adapter.

Architecture & Features

Just like Apollo Lake family products, the ever-popular N3350 included, the N4020 is manufactured on a really old, as of late 2023, 14 nm process. What makes the newer Celerons different are the slightly improved processor cores with double the L2 cache and also, somewhat counterintuitively, a reduction in physical size.

The Goldmont Plus microarchitecture is not much different from what was used in Gemini Lake processors like the N4000. A relatively large 4 MB L2 cache features prominently on the rather short list of N4020's strong sides, allowing for a marginal increase in performance-per-MHz figures compared to processors of previous generations. Still, Gemini Lake refresh processors are a clear step down from Core i3/i5/i7/i9 series processors, both in performance and in features.

The 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 to the motherboard for good (BGA1090 socket interface).

Performance

While slightly faster than the outgoing Celeron N4000, the average N4020 in our extensive database only just manages to match the N6211, as far as multi-thread performance is concerned. These three chips deliver multi-thread CB R15, CB R20 and CB R23 scores that are so low, they lag behind a single-thread score of any half-decent CPU such as an i5-1135G7. In other words, these Celeron N chips are good enough for basic tasks only such as word processing and Web browsing with two or three tabs open at a time.

The Celeron N4120, a quad-core chip with a similar name, has little trouble leaving the N4020 behind in most workloads - which is not to say it is a fast CPU.

Jacking the long-term power limit value up to something like 9 W will help improve system responsiveness noticeably.

Graphics

The UHD Graphics 600 is based on Intel's Generation 9 architecture, much like the  HD Graphics 520 or the UHD Graphics 615 or other widespread Intel iGPUs found in Core i3/i5/i7/i9 processors of generations six to ten.

Just like the HD Graphics 500, the UHD Graphics 600 is DX12 compatible. The iGPU's 12 EUs can run 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 as far as its talents go.

Perhaps more importantly, this graphics solution can drive up to 3 monitors with resolutions as high as 4096x2160@60. Furthermore, it will have no trouble HW-decoding AVC, HEVC and VP9-encoded videos. The newer AV1 codec will be decoded via software, with the limited CPU horsepower imposing a limit on video resolutions that can be played back without stuttering. 1080p60 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 long-term Power Limit) makes it easy for laptop makers to ditch the fan. Performance sustainability will be poor 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.

The Celeron N4020 is built with one of the old 14 nm Intel processes for poor, as of mid 2023, energy efficiency.

SeriesIntel Gemini Lake
CodenameGemini Lake refresh

Series: Gemini Lake Gemini Lake refresh

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Intel Celeron J4125 compare2 - 2.7 GHz4 / 4 cores
Intel Celeron N4120 compare1.1 - 2.6 GHz4 / 4 cores
Intel Celeron J4025 compare2 - 2.9 GHz2 / 2 cores
Intel Celeron N4020 « 1.1 - 2.8 GHz2 / 2 cores
Clock Rate1100 - 2800 MHz
Level 2 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 2
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)6 Watt
TDP Turbo PL215 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
SocketBGA1090
FeaturesDDR4-2400/LPDDR4-2400 RAM, PCIe 2, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, VMX, SMEP, SMAP, MPX, EIST, TM1, TM2, Turbo, AES-NI, RDRAND, RDSEED, SHA, SGX
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 600 (200 - 650 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date11/04/2019
Product Link (external)ark.intel.com

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
16.1 pt (22%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 149.8     avg: 162.4     median: 162.4 (18%)     max: 175 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 242     avg: 279     median: 279 (1%)     max: 316 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 110.1     avg: 127.1     median: 127.1 (1%)     max: 144.1 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 68.6     avg: 73.8     median: 73.8 (22%)     max: 78.9 Points
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 0.73     avg: 0.8     median: 0.8 (1%)     max: 0.92 fps
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3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 1560     avg: 1650     median: 1650 (4%)     max: 1740 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 1852     avg: 1853     median: 1853 (3%)     max: 1854 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 319     avg: 418.7     median: 462 (19%)     max: 475 points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 663     avg: 786     median: 836 (1%)     max: 858 points
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1989     avg: 2004     median: 2004 (20%)     max: 2019 points
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 3404     avg: 3433     median: 3433 (4%)     max: 3462 points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 2300     avg: 2488     median: 2488 (3%)     max: 2676 ms
WebXPRT 4 - WebXPRT 4 Score
min: 49.4     avg: 55.3     median: 55.3 (16%)     max: 61.1 Points
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
6.9 Watt (8%)
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