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Intel Pentium N4200

The Intel Pentium N4200 is an Apollo Lake family, quad-core, ultra-low-power processor (SoC) that saw the light of day in 2016. Its four cores run at 1.1 GHz to 2.5 GHz, with only 2.4 GHz available when all the cores are fully loaded; there is no Hyper-Threading here and thus no additional threads. This chip has a fairly competent integrated graphics solution, the Intel HD Graphics 505, and eats very little (~6 W).

Curiously enough, Intel keeps making and selling the Pentium as of early 2023.

Architecture

Just like other Celeron N, Celeron J, Pentium N, Pentium J processors, this Pentium 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 such as the Raspberry Pi series.

The Pentium N4200 features the Goldmont CPU microarchitecture that came to replace Silvermont (2013), bringing with it several welcome improvements. There is still no L3 cache to be found here, however, it now takes less cycles to perform many operations, making for a double-digit IPC improvement.

The Pentium 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 Pentium 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 N4200 in our database competes with the Core i5-3339Y, a power efficient chip launched in 2013, as far as multi-thread benchmark scores are concerned, with the (much less ancient) Celeron 6305 lurking a little behind the two. In other words, the Pentium is a slow processor suitable for the most basic tasks only. As of 2021, it is light years behind the latest processors making use of high-performance architectures, such as the Zen 2-powered AMD Ryzen 3 5300U.

The Acer Aspire ES 17 ES1-732 is among the fastest laptops built around the N4200 that we know of. It can be around 50% faster than the slowest system featuring the same CPU in our database, depending on the circumstances.

Graphics

The HD Graphics 505 (18 EUs) is a rather good iGPU, considering this is a lower-end SoC released in 2016 we are talking about. As far as the feature set is concerned, the HD 505 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 simultaneously at up to 2160p60. It will also happily decode VP9 and AVC, the two codecs that YouTube mostly relies on as of 2021.

The UHD Graphics runs at up to 750 MHz. Its actual clock speed will be much lower than that, since the small power budget has to be shared between the iGPU and the CPU cores. Expect most games to run terrible, even ones that were released in 2012 or 2010.

Power consumption

Just like most other N-class Intel processors, the Pentium N4200 has a default TDP of 6 W (also known as the Power Limit 1), making it a great option for passively cooled systems. Increasing the PL1 by just one or two watts, which many systems built around Apollo Lake allow one to do, improves the chip's performance by a huge margin, speaking subjectively.

This Pentium is built with a 14 nm Intel process making for poor energy efficiency (considering 14 nm processes are really old as of mid 2022).

SeriesIntel Pentium
CodenameApollo Lake
Clock Rate1100 - 2500 MHz
Level 2 Cache2 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
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 505 (200 - 750 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Starting Price$161 U.S.
Announcement Date09/01/2016
Product Link (external)ark.intel.com

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 128     avg: 157.2     median: 163 (1%)     max: 178 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 47     avg: 51.7     median: 52 (16%)     max: 53 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 0.64     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (16%)     max: 0.66 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 704     avg: 714     median: 714 (8%)     max: 724 s
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 20.13     avg: 22.6     median: 22.6 (5%)     max: 25.03 s
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 1700     avg: 2042     median: 2087 (6%)     max: 2295 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 15955     avg: 18834     median: 18514.5 (15%)     max: 22351 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 9441     avg: 16242     median: 17153 (14%)     max: 21222 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 2330     avg: 2608     median: 2525 (5%)     max: 3054 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
345 points (15%)
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
935 points (2%)
238.5 -74%
...
786 -16%
802 -14%
821 -12%
832 -11%
844 -10%
860 -8%
873 -7%
912 -2%
929 -1%
Intel Pentium N4200
935
983 5%
1015 9%
Intel Celeron J3455
1024 10%
1073 15%
1135 21%
1150 23%
1162 24%
1172 25%
1188 27%
...
22938 2353%
max:
55811 5869%
0%
100%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
3199 Points (26%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 2966     avg: 3044     median: 3027 (4%)     max: 3142 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 8632     avg: 11881     median: 12856 (12%)     max: 13290 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score 2.0
5998 Points (39%)
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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