Intel Core i3-3120M vs Intel Celeron N4000

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Intel Core i3-3120M CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Celeron N4000
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Celeron N4000

CPU comparison

Intel Core i3-3120M or Intel Celeron N4000 - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Intel Core i3-3120M has 2 cores with 4 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.50 GHz. Up to 32 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i3-3120M was released in Q3/2012.

The Intel Celeron N4000 has 2 cores with 2 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.60 GHz. The CPU supports up to 8 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Celeron N4000 was released in Q4/2017.
Intel Core i3 (205) Family Intel Celeron (165)
Intel Core i 3000M (29) CPU group Intel Celeron J4000/N4000/N5000 (11)
3 Generation 9
Ivy Bridge H Architecture Gemini Lake
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i3-3120M is a 2 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.50 GHz. The Intel Celeron N4000 has 2 CPU cores with a clock frequency of 1.10 GHz (2.60 GHz).

Intel Core i3-3120M Characteristic Intel Celeron N4000
2 Cores 2
4 Threads 2
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
2.50 GHz Frequency 1.10 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 2.60 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 2.60 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Intel Core i3-3120M Characteristic Intel Celeron N4000
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The integrated graphics unit of a processor is not only responsible for the pure image output on the system, but can also significantly increase the efficiency of the system with the support of modern video codecs.

Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.65 GHz GPU frequency 0.20 GHz
1.10 GHz GPU (Turbo) 0.65 GHz
7 GPU Generation 9.5
22 nm Technology 14 nm
3 Max. displays 3
16 Compute units 12
128 Shader 96
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
2 GB Max. GPU Memory 8 GB
11.0 DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU Intel UHD Graphics 600
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Intel Core i3-3120M supports a maximum of 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Celeron N4000 can connect up to 8 GB of memory in 2 memory channels.

Intel Core i3-3120M Characteristic Intel Celeron N4000
DDR3-1600 Memory LPDDR4-2400, DDR4-2400
32 GB Max. Memory 8 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
25.6 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 38.4 GB/s
No ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
3.00 MB L3 Cache 4.00 MB
2.0 PCIe version 2.0
16 PCIe lanes 6
8.0 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 3.0 GB/s

Thermal Management

The TDP (Thermal Design Power) of a processor specifies the required cooling solution. The Intel Core i3-3120M has a TDP of 35 W, that of the Intel Celeron N4000 is 6 W.

Intel Core i3-3120M Characteristic Intel Celeron N4000
35 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 6 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down 4.8 W
105 °C Tjunction max. 105 °C

Technical details

The Intel Core i3-3120M has a 3.00 MB cache, while the Intel Celeron N4000 cache has a total of 4.00 MB.

Intel Core i3-3120M Characteristic Intel Celeron N4000
22 nm Technology 14 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2
PGA 988 Socket BGA 1090
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q3/2012 Release date Q4/2017
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i3-3120M (100%)
Intel Celeron N4000 (85%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i3-3120M (100%)
Intel Celeron N4000 (71%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Core i3-3120M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
508 (100%)
Intel Celeron N4000 Intel Celeron N4000
2C 2T @ 2.60 GHz
440 (87%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Core i3-3120M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
1136 (100%)
Intel Celeron N4000 Intel Celeron N4000
2C 2T @ 2.60 GHz
770 (68%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Core i3-3120M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
439 (100%)
Intel Celeron N4000 Intel Celeron N4000
2C 2T @ 2.60 GHz
365 (83%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Core i3-3120M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
927 (100%)
Intel Celeron N4000 Intel Celeron N4000
2C 2T @ 2.60 GHz
620 (67%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Core i3-3120M
Intel HD Graphics 4000 @ 1.10 GHz
282 (100%)
Intel Celeron N4000 Intel Celeron N4000
Intel UHD Graphics 600 @ 0.65 GHz
125 (44%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Core i3-3120M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
1682 (100%)
Intel Celeron N4000 Intel Celeron N4000
2C 2T @ 2.60 GHz
1424 (85%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Core i3-3120M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
613 (100%)
Intel Celeron N4000 Intel Celeron N4000
2C 2T @ 1.10 GHz
381 (62%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Core i3-3120M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Celeron N4000 Intel Celeron N4000
2C 2T @ 2.60 GHz
70 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i3-3120M Intel Core i3-3120M
2C 4T @ 2.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Celeron N4000 Intel Celeron N4000
2C 2T @ 2.60 GHz
138 (100%)

Devices using this processor

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