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Intel Pentium N3520

Intel N3520

The Intel Pentium N3520 is a power efficient quad-core SoC for entry-level notebooks. It is clocked at 2.17 GHz base clock and can boost up to 2.42 GHz (Burst clock speed). The pentium is part of the Bay Trail-M platform. Thanks to the specially optimized 22 nanometer low-power process (P1271) with tri-gate transistors, performance and energy efficiency have been significantly improved compared to previous Intel Atom CPUs.

Architecture

The processor cores are based on the new Silvermont architecture, which is an out-of-order design for the first time. The increased utilization of the pipeline and many other improvements (optimized branch prediction, increased buffers, enhanced decoders) have increased the performance per clock by about 50 percent. At the same time, however, the Hyper-Threading feature of the previous generation has been removed. Other major changes are the support for new instruction set extensions such as SSE 4.1 and 4.2 as well as AES-NI (depending on the model).

Performance

Thanks to 4 CPU cores and a clock speed of up to 2.4 GHz, the Pentium N3520 is significantly faster than previous Intel Atoms, e.g. the N2800. On average, the N3520 performs somewhere between the AMD Kabini APUs AMD A4-5100 and A6-5200. For everyday tasks such as Internet or Office the performance is adequate, but not for very complex software or modern games.

Graphics

The HD Graphics (Bay Trail) is based on the Intel Gen7 architecture, which supports DirectX 11 and is also found in the Ivy Bridge series (e.g. HD Graphics 4000). With only 4 EUs (Execution Units) and a relatively low clock speed of 313 - 854 MHz, the GPU is even slower than the HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge). Therefore, only older and less demanding games will run fluently. Compared to the HD Graphics in the slower Pentium N3510, the N3520 is clocked 14 % faster (750 vs. 854 MHz).

Power Consumption

The entire SoC is rated at a TDP of 7.5 Watts (4.5 SDP - Scenario Design Power). Thus, the chip can be used in compact subnotebooks and convertibles and doesn't require extensive cooling.

SeriesIntel Pentium
CodenameBay Trail-M
Series: Pentium Bay Trail-M
Intel Pentium N3540 (compare)2160 - 2660 MHz4 / 4
Intel Pentium N3530 (compare)2160 - 2580 MHz4 / 4
» Intel Pentium N35202167 - 2420 MHz4 / 4
Intel Pentium N3510 (compare)2000 MHz4 / 4
Clock Rate2167 - 2420 MHz
Level 1 Cache224 KB
Level 2 Cache2 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)7.5 Watt
Manufacturing Technology22 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketFCBGA1170
FeaturesIntel HD Graphics (Bay Trail, max. 854 MHz), Intel 64, SSE 4.1, SSE 4.2, Wireless Display
GPUIntel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) (313 - 854 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$161 U.S.
Announcement Date12/01/2013
Product Link (external)Intel Pentium N3520

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 128     avg: 139.3     median: 144 (7%)     max: 146 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 38     avg: 38.3     median: 38 (19%)     max: 39 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1.75     avg: 1.8     median: 1.8 (1%)     max: 1.77 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 0.44     avg: 0.4     median: 0.4 (19%)     max: 0.45 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 1250     avg: 1252     median: 1252 (17%)     max: 1254 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 4302     avg: 4327.5     median: 4327.5 (9%)     max: 4353 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
min: 6034     avg: 6142     median: 6142 (15%)     max: 6250 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
min: 1687     avg: 1729     median: 1729 (14%)     max: 1771 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 866.906     avg: 869.8     median: 869.8 (10%)     max: 872.714 seconds
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 26.471     avg: 28     median: 28 (6%)     max: 29.521 seconds
WinRAR - Result
min: 1167     avg: 1203.5     median: 1203.5 (14%)     max: 1240 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 10.1     avg: 10.2     median: 10.2 (6%)     max: 10.21 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 50.5     avg: 50.9     median: 50.9 (22%)     max: 51.35 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
min: 0.0885     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (6%)     max: 0.131 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 0.258     avg: 0.3     median: 0.3 (2%)     max: 0.265 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 2268     avg: 2320     median: 2320 (18%)     max: 2372 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 35.084     avg: 35.4     median: 35.4 (8%)     max: 35.655 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 76.88     avg: 77.4     median: 77.4 (3%)     max: 77.878 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 1649.95     avg: 1658.4     median: 1658.4 (7%)     max: 1666.81 Seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 1757     avg: 1842.7     median: 1794 (11%)     max: 1977 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 18318     avg: 19789.2     median: 20148.5 (13%)     max: 20542 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 1267     avg: 1562     median: 1695 (4%)     max: 1724 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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