Intel Announces Celeron, Pentium Gold And Silver Processors

Intel announced new Pentium and Celeron Silver processors. Intel issued a product change notification last month that outlined plans to change the existing Pentium lineup over to Gold branding, but today the company expanded the lineup to include Silver models and also unveiled four new processors.

The Pentium Gold processors are already on the market and include the Kaby Lake G4560 and 4620. Those processors marked the debut of Hyper-Threading with Intel's Pentium lineup. We expect Intel to add Coffee Lake models to the Pentium Gold lineup, possibly with more cores to fend off AMD's APUs, in the near future.

The new Pentium and Celeron Silver SoCs feature the Gemini Lake architecture, which replaces the Apollo Lake lineup. The new processors address the mobile and desktop space, so they encompass laptops, 2-in-1s, all-in-one PCs, mini-PCs, and desktops. Intel claims the new processors offer 58% more performance in productivity applications compared to four-year-old PCs, which is roughly the update cadence for this class of processor.

Pentium And Celeron Desktop
Intel Pentium Silver J5005
Intel Celeron J4105
Intel Celeron J4005
Max. Frequency
Up to 2.8GHz
Up to 2.5GHz
Up to 2.7GHz
Cores/Threads
4 / 4
4 / 4
2 / 2
Cache
4MB
4MB
4MB
Memory Channels
2
2
2
Memory Type
DDR4-2400, LPDDR4-2400
DDR4-2400, LPDDR4-2400DDR4-2400, LPDDR4-2400
Graphics Frequency
Up to 800MHZ


Intel UHD Graphics
Graphics 605
UHD Graphics 600
UHD Graphics 600

The 14nm processors employ the Goldmont Plus microarchitecture (of Atom fame). The SoCs support 2x2 802.11AC network chips with 160MHz channels. That provides up to Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds. 

The new Goldmont Plus architecture offers several new enhancements over its Goldmont predecessor. According to the block diagram posted by CNXSoft, the SoCs offer plenty of connectivity options. Highlights include up to 18EUs for the Gen9 graphics. Improvements include an integrated native HDMI 2.0 controller, VP9 10-bit Profile2 hardware encoding, and an improvement from 3-way decode to 4-way. CNXSoft claims the increased wider pipeline, increased cache, and GoldMont Plus cores could offer from 10 to 15% more performance than the Apollo Lake processors.

Pentium And Celeron Mobile
Intel Pentium Silver N500
Intel Celeron N4100
Intel Celeron N4000
Max. Frequency
Up to 2.7GHz
Up to 2.4GHz
Up to 2.6GHz
Cores/Threads
4 / 4
4 / 4
2 / 2
Cache
4MB
4MB
4MB
Memory Channels
2
2
2
Memory Type
DDR4-2400, LPDDR4-2400
DDR4-2400, LPDDR4-2400DDR4-2400, LPDDR4-2400
Graphics Frequency
Up to 750MHZ
Up to 700MHz
Up to 650MHz
Intel UHD Graphics
Graphics 605
UHD Graphics 600
UHD Graphics 600

Intel is also debuting its Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (LACE) technology, which adjusts displays in less-than-optimum lighting conditions, for the processors. 

Notebooks featuring the processors already surfaced at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair in October, and though details are scant, it won't be long until we see a wave of announcements from the major OEMs. Intel says to expect models to hit the market in Q1 2018.

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  • das_stig
    So Intel is basically trying to rehash out of date cheap cpu's, that OEMS will bung in to cheap and unspec'd laptops that companies like PC World will say can run games at high quality and mislead customers and yes I can say that because I've been in stores when they try this tactic and had to put them right for the customers sake, dirty looks all round from bonus driven staff !