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Intel Celeron N4120

Intel Celeron N4120

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 average N4120 in our database is not much faster than AMD's Zen-based, affordable and energy-efficient Athlon Silver 3050e dual-core processor, as far as multi-thread loads are concerned, with Intel Celeron 6305 and Intel Core i5-7Y54 also sitting close nearby. It's a very basic CPU we're talking about here. While it does have four cores, these are slow cores, dashing hopes of anyone looking to get a Core i3-like performance for cheaper.

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

Just like most other N-class Intel processors, Celeron N4120 has a default TDP of 6 W (also known as PL1), making it a good option for passively cooled laptops, tablets, mini-PCs. It's manufactured on a very old (as of late 2022) 14 nm process, though, making for poor energy efficiency.

SeriesIntel Gemini Lake
CodenameGemini Lake Refresh

Series: Gemini Lake Gemini Lake Refresh

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Clock Rate1100 - 2600 MHz
Level 2 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)6 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
SocketFCBGA1090
FeaturesIntel UHD Graphics 605 (18 EUs, 200 - 700 MHz), Quick Sync, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR4-2400
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 600 (200 - 700 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date11/04/2019

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
18.9 pt (21%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 223     avg: 227     median: 224 (2%)     max: 234 Points
0153045607590105120135150165180195210225Tooltip
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 1.02     avg: 1.2     median: 1.3 (3%)     max: 1.38 fps
00.10.30.40.60.70.911.21.31.41.61.71.922.22.32.42.62.7Tooltip
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work 3.0 Battery Life
383 min (100%)
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