The Intel Pentium N4200 is a quad-core SoC primarily for inexpensive notebooks and was announced mid 2016. It runs at 1.1-2.5 GHz (Single Core Burst, Multi-Core Burst max 2.4 GHz) and is based on the Apollo Lake platform. Similar to the Braswell predecessor, the chip is manufactured in a 14 nm process (P1273) with FinFETs. Besides four CPU cores, the chip also includes a DirectX 12 capable GPU as well as a DDR3L/LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller (dual-channel, up to 1866/2400 MHz).
For the first time in a couple of years, Intel completely reworked the CPU architecture of the Atom series. The manufacturer advertises performance gains of roughly 30 percent, but does not reveal any specifics about the individual changes. The new Goldmont architecture should therefore be roughly on par with AMD's Beema/Carrizo-L APUs in terms of per-MHz performance, but it still far behind the more expensive Core CPUs (like Skylake / Kaby Lake).
The average N4200 in our database competes with Core i5-3339Y, an energy-efficient SoC launched in 2013, in multi-thread performance, with the (much less ancient) Celeron 6305 lurking closely behind the two. In other words, the Pentium is a slow processor meant for the most basic tasks only. It is light years behind modern processors based on high-performance architectures, such as the quad-core AMD Ryzen 3 5300U and its Zen 2 architecture.
The HD Graphics 505 (Apollo Lake) is based on Intel's Gen 9 architecture, which supports DirectX 12 and is also used for the Kaby Lake / Skylake graphics adapters (like HD Graphics 520). Equipped with 18 EUs and a clock of up to 750 MHz, the performance should be roughly on par with the older HD Graphics 5300. This means only older titles like Counter-Strike: GO or Diablo 3 will run smoothly.
The chip also includes an advanced video engine with hardware support for the playback of VP9 and H.265 material (8-bit color-depth).
Just like most other N-class Intel processors, Pentium N4200 has a default TDP of 6 W (also known as the Power Limit 1), making it a great option for passively cooled setups.
This Pentium is built with a fairly old, as of mid-2022, 14 nm Intel process for poor energy efficiency.
1100 - 2500 MHz
Level 2 Cache
Number of Cores / Threads
4 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)
Intel HD Graphics 505 (18 EUs, 200 - 750 MHz), Quick Sync, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR3L-1866/LPDDR3-1866/LPDDR4-2400, 8x USB 3.0, 6x PCIe 2.0, 2x SATA (6 Gbit/s)