Intel Celeron N3050 / N3060 [Review] Low-Cost Entry-Level Processors


Intel Celeron N3050 / N3060

Intel Celeron N3050 CPU-ZThe Intel Celeron N3050 and N3060 belong to the 14-nanometer “Braswell” processor family and bottom of Intel’s laptop CPU lineup. The dual-core chips are clocked at 1.6GHz base speed. The boost speed on the N3050 goes up to 2.16GHz, while the N3060 can go up to 2.48GHz. Regardless of the clock speed differences, both chips perform similarly, with the N3060 being only a tad faster. Generally, the CPUs are suitable only for the basic home and office computing operations, very similar to the popular and older Celeron N “Bay Trail” 22-nanometer series. As same as the other Braswell parts, the Celeron N3050 and N3060 consume 6 Watts of power, as opposed to 7.5W of Bay Trail CPUs. Therefore, they are power-efficient processors and that’s their best feature besides low cost.

The chips are used in various budget notebook PCs, especially those with small displays and casings.

Intel Celeron N3050 / N3060 Benchmark

Intel Celeron N3050 / N3060 Benchmark

Real-World Use Test

 

We have tested the Celeron N3050 in an HP 15 laptop configuration with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive. As noted previously, the N3060 runs only slightly faster. The difference isn’t noticeable during real-world computing activities.

As you can see in the video, the N3050 paired with 4GB of system memory can handle the daily tasks well. It provides sufficient power for running multiple web browser tabs with heavy web pages opened, Office applications, and even some photo and video editing. However, applying image adjustments and effects and video exports take some time, so the CPU definitely isn’t recommended for that type of activity on regular basis. With the current video drivers, the chip has some high-definition video playback issues. For instance, playing 1080p and 4K YouTube videos VLC Media Player program and in Google Chrome web browser produces very high CPU loads and dropped video frames. On the other hand, in Microsoft Edge browser these videos run smooth with much lower CPU load.

Gaming

 

Also, the reviewed N3050 and its Intel HD integrated graphics struggled with running most of the popular games, even some relatively light titles. Again, future driver updates might bring improved gaming performance, but currently you can play without big lags only League of Legends and Minecraft among the blockbuster games. We have also tested Dota 2, Skyrim, and Counter Strike GO. The processor and its IGP weren’t able to achieve gameplay at above 20 fps in these games.

Temperatures were quite low, even during heavy 10-minute CPU load while converting a video file with 100% CPU utilization. The CPU temp was 46 degrees Celsius on idle and up to 57 degrees during the video conversion.

Check out systems with the Celeron N3050 and Celeron N3060.

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Processor Name

Intel Celeron N3050 / N3060

CPU Family

Intel “Braswell”

Number of Cores

Dual-Core

CPU Clock Speed

Base: 1.6GHz, Burst: up to 2.16GHz on N3050, up to 2.48GHz on N3060

Cache Size

2MB

Memory Support

DDR3 1333MHz, DDR3 1600MHz

Integrated Graphics

Intel HD

Power Consumption

6W

Production Technology

14-nanometer

Technologies

Intel QuickSync, VT-x Virtualization

Typical Use

Affordable Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs

PassMark CPU Test Score

N3050: 900 / N3060: 1,000

Reviews, ratings, and Q&A on “Intel Celeron N3050 / N3060 [Review] Low-Cost Entry-Level Processors”

  1. tushar pal – January 21, 2017:

    Can I play GTA 4 and GTA 5 On this processor??


    • Danijel Z – January 22, 2017:

      GTA 5 is completely unplayable, the CPU and its integrated graphics are too weak. I haven’t tested GTA 4, but I can guess it can’t run properly either.


  2. taym rashid – January 3, 2017:

    can i swap the 3060 CPU with i5 6400 ? or they has a different slot


    • Danijel Z – January 7, 2017:

      The N3060 is soldered onto the motherboard, so you can’t replace it. Sorry. Most modern laptops don’t have replaceable CPUs.


  3. carmela – October 30, 2016:

    can i use adobe programs well with celeron?


  4. Bill – August 13, 2016:

    Is n3050 faster or slower than atom z8300 since the latter is quad core?


    • Danijel Z – August 15, 2016:

      The Atom Z8300 is slightly faster, primarily due to number of cores. But, the Celeron N3050 is clocked higher, so difference in everyday tasks is barely noticeable (~1200 vs ~950 PassMark CPU test points isn’t a huge gap). On the other hand, the N3050 has dual-channel memory support, whereas the Z8300 is single-channel only. This can make a noticeable difference in gaming in favor of the N3050, if you get a laptop with it and 2 RAM modules. Still, only select light games are supported in both cases.


  5. Pelo – April 28, 2016:

    Do you know how i can update this driver?
    I’m trying to play Runescape and the NXT client is telling me my graphics driver needs to be updated by im just confused


  6. andrei gutierrez – March 27, 2016:

    can i play call of duty mw3 or any 3d games in intel celeron n3050 with intel hd graphics?


    • Danijel Z – March 28, 2016:

      Since the N3050 struggles with even light titles like CS GO, it’s clearly not a good CPU for gaming.


  7. andrei gutierrez – March 27, 2016:

    can i play call of duty mw3 or any 3d games in intel celeron n3050?


  8. K E – March 9, 2016:

    I’m considering this for my 72 yr old mother who would just use it for basic stuff like FB, email, youtube, Netflix, and some other videos, photos…

    does it handle Netflix/videos well?


    • Danijel Z – March 9, 2016:

      I found the N3050 is capable of playing videos well, even on high resolutions. However, some software (codecs) related issues may occur when playing YouTube videos in Chrome browser and VLC media player, making high-resolution videos quite choppy. So, I would recommend using Microsoft Edge or other browsers for online videos and avoiding VLC media player for now (until some software update which will eventually fix the issue).


      • Adamson – September 26, 2016:

        I’m running Ubuntu Linux (with XFCE) on this processor with only 2GB RAM. It performs extremely well with Youtube, Chrome browser and VLC. Netflix in Chrome is perfect. I think most of the problems with this processor, especially with lower amounts of RAM, come from the high overhead of the Windows operating system. Linux takes up less than 1/3rd of the space on the SSD compared to Windows and loads in seconds. Ok, you’re not going to be playing games on a N3050 machine but for just about everything else, it’s fine.


  9. riki – March 5, 2016:

    can we play dota 2 with this stuff?


    • Danijel Z – March 7, 2016:

      Yes you can, but performance will be quite choppy with less than 15fps most of the time on lowest graphics settings. Take a look at the 3rd video in the gameplay playlist under the Description tab of this page.


  10. srinivas k – January 10, 2016:

    Is it intel celeron N3050 processor will supports MATLAB or not?if it supports what requirements are needed?


    • Danijel Z – January 18, 2016:

      Their site says MATLAB runs on any modern Intel or AMD CPU and only 2GB RAM. So, any laptop with the Celeron N3050 and at least 2GB of RAM supports it.


  11. Chris Patterson – November 18, 2015:

    Question:
    Wont the cpu perform better in real world scenarios when it is not running screen recording programs and rendering the video or running fps programs?


    • Danijel Z – November 18, 2015:

      Hi, the videos weren’t recorded with any recording program on the tested laptop, but via HDMI output to a dedicated capture card on another computer. So, the videos show real world use, without slowdowns due to software-based recording. The only non-standard thing running was Riva Tuner – simultaneously with games. But it was just showing fps values without recording and affecting shown performance in any meaningful way.


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