Intel Pentium N3700
The Intel Pentium N3700 is a quad-core SoC for entry-level notebooks, which has been presented in early 2015. It is clocked at 1.6 - 2.4 GHz and part of the Braswell platform. Thanks to its new 14 nanometer low-power process (P1273) with tri-gate transistors, energy efficiency has been significantly improved compared to its predecessor Bay Trail (e.g. Pentium N3520). In addition to the CPU cores, the SoC offers a DirectX 11.2-capable GPU as well as a DDR3L Memory Controller (2x 64 bit, 25.6 GB/s).
The processor cores are based on the Airmont architecture, which is basically a slightly modified shrink of the previous Silvermont core. While performance per clock has not been improved, the more efficient 14 nm process leads to a better utilization of the CPU Burst (alias Turbo Boost) and a therefore somewhat higher overall performance.
Compared to its predecessor Pentium N3520 (2.17 - 2.42 GHz) or the AMD APU A4-6210, the N3700 offers an almost identical performance. Using Windows, the CPU is adequate for everyday tasks such as Internet browsing or office applications, but may struggle in more demanding software.
The HD Graphics (Braswell) is based on the Intel Gen8 architecture, which supports DirectX 11.2 and is also found in the Broadwell series (e.g. HD Graphics 5300). With 16 EUs (Execution Units) and a clock speed of up to 700 MHz, the GPU is about twice as fast as the HD Graphics (Bay Trail), but still not powerful enough to handle demanding 3D games of 2015. The GPU also supports 4K/H.265 video acceleration.
The entire SoC is rated at an TDP of 6 watts (SDP 4 watts). Thus, the chip can be cooled passively.
|Clock Rate||1600 - 2400 MHz|
|Level 2 Cache||2048 KB|
|Number of Cores / Threads||4 / 4|
|Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)||6 Watt|
|Manufacturing Technology||14 nm|
|Max. Temperature||90 °C|
|Features||Intel HD Graphics (Braswell, 400 - 700 MHz), Wireless Display, Quick Sync, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR3L-1600 (25,6 GB/s), 5x USB 3.0, 4x PCIe 2.0, 2x SATA 6.0 Gbit/s|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics (Braswell) (400 - 700 MHz)|
|64 Bit||64 Bit support|
|Starting Price||$161 U.S.|
|Product Link (external)||Intel Pentium N3700|