Monday, December 11th 2017

Intel Announces New Pentium Silver and Celeron Processors

Intel delivers industry-leading innovations and creates new experiences across its portfolio products. Today, Intel unveils the all-new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors.

The new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors are based on Intel's architecture codenamed Gemini Lake, and are engineered for a great balance of performance and connectivity for the things people do every day - working on office documents and spreadsheets, browsing online, enjoying favorite shows and movies, and editing photos - with great battery life. And it can all be performed on a range of devices at an amazing value. Pentium Silver will deliver 58 percent faster productivity performance compared with a similar 4-year-old PC.
The Pentium brand also adds a new extension after offering a range of processor performance for years. To help differentiate processor performance levels and make it easier for consumers to decide which device is best for them, Intel is introducing new brand levels: Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Pentium Gold. Intel Pentium Silver processors - launching today and based on the Gemini Lake architecture - represent the cost-optimized option in the Intel Pentium processor family. Intel Pentium Gold processors - which are already in market based on the Kaby Lake architecture - represent the highest-performing Pentium processors available7.

It is clearer than ever that fast and reliable connectivity is critical. For the first time on any PC platform, Intel will offer Gigabit Wi-Fi capability for ultra-fast connectivity with all-new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors. Using the industry standard of 2×2 802.11AC with 160MHz channels, users now have the capability for extremely fast networking performance that delivers download speeds up to two times faster compared with systems using 802.11AC, 12 times faster compared with systems using 802.11 BGN, and even faster than a wired Gigabit Ethernet connection3,4,7. Ultimately, this translates to Intel Gigabit Wi-Fi providing a blazing fast connection that allows users to enjoy devices uninterrupted - faster content streaming, collaborating with ease, faster web browsing and even downloading large files like HD movies in a flash.

Additionally, Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron-based systems will be able to handle the latest in enhanced media for a great experience streaming content from popular sites like YouTube and Netflix. Understanding that people aren't watching content in perfectly lit rooms, Intel is also delivering for the first time a display technology called Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (LACE) to the value space. This technology is designed to help people clearly see the screen outdoors in glare and bright light. All of this comes with hardware-enabled security for a faster and safer online experience that people expect from Intel products.

The new processors launching today are:
  • Intel Pentium Silver processors N5000 for mobile and J5005 for desktop
  • Intel Celeron processors N4100 and N4000 for mobile and J4105 and J4005 for desktop
PCs are a personal choice. With Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors, Intel has worked hard to ensure buyers have the flexibility to choose from a range of designs - laptops, 2 in 1s, all-in-one PCs, mini PCs and desktops - and price points, providing a value-priced PC that handles the things they do most at home, at school or on the go. Look for designs from major OEMs to launch in the first quarter of 2018.

Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron Processors - By the Numbers:
  • Download an 8GB HD movie before leaving on an airplane in about one minute with Intel 9560 AC as opposed to 10 minutes with 802.11 b/g/n
  • Up to two times faster download speed than a 2×2 802.11ac
  • Binge watch your favorite shows for up to 10 hrs2,7 of HD local playback without having to recharge (35WHr battery)
Intel Pentium Silver Processor vs. 4-Year-Old Entry System:
  • Work on spreadsheets, browse online and edit photos up to 58 percent faster
  • Edit a photo album in half the time
  • Create a video slideshow from your favorite photo album in about half the time
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19 Comments on Intel Announces New Pentium Silver and Celeron Processors

#1
xorbe
Are these classic Atoms, or based on Core family? My 3-minute google-fu was not successful.
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xorbe
That totally side-stepped the actual question though.
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R0H1T
xorbe
That totally side-stepped the actual question though.
Like I said, this is purely Atom, even though Intel naming conventions are also stupid as $*** o_O
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xorbe
R0H1T
Like I said, this is purely Atom, even though Intel naming conventions are also stupid as $*** o_O
There are "classic netbook Atom" Atoms, and Core-based Atoms. See the confusion? That's why I'm asking which it is. So I'm guessing it's the old slow classic Atom. (Or was it that they stuffed a netbook Atom into the Pentium namespace? Now I'm really confused.)
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R0H1T
xorbe
There are "classic netbook Atom" Atoms, and Core-based Atoms. See the confusion? That's why I'm asking which it is. So I'm guessing it's the old slow classic Atom.
Classic Atom, there is no core based atom ~ never was. The names are IMO deliberately confusing.

The uarch is Goldmont plus ~ en.wikichip.org/wiki/intel/microarchitectures/goldmont_plus
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Valantar
xorbe
There are "classic netbook Atom" Atoms, and Core-based Atoms. See the confusion? That's why I'm asking which it is. So I'm guessing it's the old slow classic Atom. (Or was it that they stuffed a netbook Atom into the Pentium namespace? Now I'm really confused.)
There have never been Core-based atoms. I think you're mixing up there being both Atom-based and Core-based Pentiums, of which these are the former. Pentium Gold is Core, Pentium Silver is Atom. And while later generations of atom might well have lent a thing or two from Core, they're still radically different architectures.

The Atom name is no longer in use as it was universally seen as the brand name for "those horribly slow netbook CPUs". As soch, they're now Pentiums and Celerons built on *mont architectures (all of which are Atom derivatives).
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#8
Kursah
I'm sorry but announcing Pentium Silver and Celeron makes me think that they should have just called it Centrium Silver, buy one get a free container of vitamins too. Sigh.

I'm curious to see how the N5000 and N4000 series perform and actual consumer costs in the field, I have a PFSense build based on the N3150 that has really kicked ass since day one. Sadly the Asus board that used it as an SoC was out of stock quite often and now prices are jacked up on other boards with the same CPU. Regardless, still solid performers, but I was hoping to see more from them. Hoping this new generation gets a little more love.
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#9
Owen1982
I wonder if the Pentium Gold(s) will stay at the 6 and 10 watt TDP or break into the higher TDP socketed processors?

I would like to see the J5005 in the next Synology (DS919+?) desktop ' Plus' model.
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R0H1T
Owen1982
I wonder if the Pentium Gold(s) will stay at the 6 and 10 watt TDP or break into the higher TDP socketed processors?

I would like to see the J5005 in the next Synology (DS919+?) desktop ' Plus' model.
The pentium gold are (all?) core based AFAIK.
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#11
Owen1982
R0H1T
The pentium gold are (all?) core based AFAIK.
Note to self - read entire news post before posting questions! :rolleyes:

"Intel Pentium Gold processors - which are already in market based on the Kaby Lake architecture - represent the highest-performing Pentium processors available."
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R0H1T
Owen1982
Note to self - read entire news post before posting questions! :rolleyes:

"Intel Pentium Gold processors - which are already in market based on the Kaby Lake architecture - represent the highest-performing Pentium processors available."
Make another note, take a wiktionary before referring Intel chips, even the best of us don't remember what is what now o_O

This is what I get on Pentium gold ~ en.wikichip.org/wiki/intel/pentium_gold

Just an FYI, the Gxxx models are for gold, regardless of uarch.
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#13
Readlight
Looks to me mainstream home user laptop, and scholl pc processors.
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#14
Darmok N Jalad
The names "Pentium" and "Celeron" have been blurred between the Atom-based architecture and the Core-based architecture for some time now. If the model number starts with a letter, then it's Atom. If the letter is after the number, it's Core, or at least that's how it used to be. Now they are going with gold and silver. What I'm really wondering is performance gains. Reviewers almost entirely ignored Apollo Lake, despite previews saying they had some IPC improvements. I have an old Jaguar A4-5000 system that I wouldn't mind upgrading, but it's hard to find something similar (low cost, low TDP) that's actually been reviewed.
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#15
Dave65
Pentium Silver, sounds like an old mans vitamin.
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#16
night.fox
So we expect to have pentium bronce, gold and titanium? :)
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#17
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Valantar
The Atom name is no longer in use as it was universally seen as the brand name for "those horribly slow netbook CPUs". As soch, they're now Pentiums and Celerons built on *mont architectures (all of which are Atom derivatives).
It is, but not in places most consumers would look. I really would like to know how the Goldmont chips performs, or even Cherry Trail.
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#19
Juventas
Really guys? These are simply replacements for Apollo Lake, using 8th-gen technology.

Same as before, there's two series, both are Ultra Low Power (ULP), both are SoC (CPU and PCH together). J-series (10W TDP) for mini desktops, NUC, NAS, etc., and N-series (6W TDP) for Chromebooks and similar laptops.
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