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So Why Aren’t All Intel Apollo Lakes Equal?

So Why Aren’t All Intel Apollo Lakes Equal?

This is a question I get a lot, how come the Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 performance in XYZ laptop is so much better at gaming then ABC laptop? Well, in this video I investigate as to why this is, that some N3450’s play LoL or Counter Strike with 50 to 60FPS and others below 30 FPS. Long story short: It’s all down to the manufacturer’s bios settings.

Now we can understand why some manufacturers don’t give us fully unlocked bios. Some users might change the wrong setting and brick their notebooks. Other notebooks don’t really have a decent heatsink, and if the power limits were tweaked will overheat.

So as of date, the T-Bao Tbook and Onda Xiaoma series seem to be the only Apollo Lake laptops from China with unlocked power limits, fully pushing the N3450/N4200 Intel Apollo Lakes. Offering up to double the GPU performance in games like CounterStrike Global Offensive.

I hope the Tbook4 and Onda Xiaoma 31 Pro (N4200) I have ordered for review also have unlocked bio settings ready to be tweaked for maximum performance. And before you feel buyers remorse setting in, note these gains are only on the Intel 500 HD integrated GPU. CPU performance is more or less the same on all models…So if you don’t plan to game, then really this doesn’t affect you.

Video tech reviewer and tech blogger. I have a huge interest in the latest tech, tablets, laptops, mobiles, drones, and even e-scooters. Active in the tech community since 2008 days of the Omnia i900 Windows phone. Samsungi8910omnia.com, Samsunggalaxysforums.com founder from way back.


  1. Would this make a difference using Photoshop or other pictures softwares as now most of them use GPU to increase theirs power. Following your work, I understand this kind of laptop is not for this job, but to use Photoshop occasionally, I hope this could be useful.
    Thanks and great work Chris

    • It helps as they are accelerated by the GPU, Apollo Lakes are good for minor work on the go. I do use them now and then.

  2. Could you post some results for each model? Would help a lot!

    • Times an issue (As always) But there are only two models with this GPU boost due to power limits. The Tbook Air and the Onda Xiaoma 21. They get the double the GPU performance, all the rest don’t. Resulting in performance in a game like CSGO low settings being 30 fps only. And on the Tbook Air, 50-60 FPS.

      • That difference is massive, huge boost in performance. Is there a mode like this for the Atom Z8300?

  3. I think gaming on such. Working horses. – very strange or odd thing
    Comfortable and long. Last working. With good display and usb-c charging – all we need in them

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