In a move sure to please the value-seekers among us, Intel has released several new Coffee Lake Pentium Gold and Celeron models, but with little aplomb. Hat tip to Dr. Ian Cutress from our sister site AnandTech for the heads-up.
The new Pentium Gold models are replacing the outgoing Kaby Lake Pentium G4560, G4600, and G4620. Intel's Kaby Lake lineup marked the debut of Hyperthreading for the Pentium models as Intel shored up its defenses in preparation for the then-looming AMD Ryzen processors. We found the G4560 and G4620 to deliver exceptional performance for their price point in a range of games and applications, but the new Coffee Lake Pentiums come with higher clock speeds and the advantages of the new 300-series chipset, but at the same price.
|Intel Pentium Gold||Base Frequency (GHz)||Cores/Threads||TDP||Cache||Price|
|CFL Pentium Gold G5600||3.9||2/4||54W||4MB||$86|
|CFL Pentium Gold G5500||3.8||2/4||54W||4MB||$75|
|CFL Pentium Gold G5400||3.7||2/4||54W||4MB||$64|
|KBL Pentium Gold G4620||3.7||2/4||51W||3MB||$86|
|KBL Pentium Gold G4600||3.6||2/4||51W||3MB||$75|
|KBL Pentium Gold G4560||3.5||2/4||54W||3MB||$64|
|LP CFL Pentium Gold G5500T||3.2||2/4||35W||4MB||$75|
|LP CFL Pentium Gold G5400T||3.1||2/4||35W||4MB||$64|
The new Coffee Lake (CFL) Pentium models are fabbed on the 14nm++ process, which is a step forward from the 14nm process found on the Kaby Lake (KBL) models. The new dual-core models also feature Hyperthreading and two channels of DDR4-2400. The key differentiator between the two series, aside from the step forward to the Coffee Lake 14nm++ architecture, comes down to slight improvements in base clock frequencies and 1MB of extra L3 cache. As with all Pentium models, they don't feature TurboBoost. They also come with Intel's Gen9 graphics architecture.
Intel also introduced two T-Series "power-optimized lifestyle" Pentium models (listed as LP CFL) that come with lower TDP ranges. As such, those processors are designed for low power applications and feature reduced clock speeds and overall performance. As you can see, that reduced performance doesn't come with a reduced price tag.
|Intel Celeron||Base Frequency (GHz)||Cores/Threads||TDP||Cache||Price|
|CFL Celeron 4920||3.2||2/2||54W||2MB||$52|
|CFL Celeron 4900||3.1||2/2||54W||2MB||$42|
|LP CFL Celeron 4900T||2.9||2/2||35W||2MB||$42|
Intel also introduced three new Celeron processors. These dual-core processors come without Hyperthreading and eschew the TurboBoost feature. They also support two channels of DDR4-2400 memory and take a step back to 2MB of L3 cache.
AMD's Ryzen processors never dipped down to the Pentium price range, although the new $99.99 Ryzen 3 2200G does come close to challenging the G4620. Of course, the Ryzen 3 2200G comes with four physical cores, unlocked multipliers, and the Vega graphics engine, making it the hands-down winner for gaming. We don't think the new Coffee Lake Pentium Gold G5600 will change the calculus, which might explain Intel's silent launch. Hopefully the Pentium G5600 isn't plagued by the poor availability we've found with the Kaby Lake Pentium G4620, but in either case, the much lower-cost G5500 looks like a better value and falls far below Ryzen's price range. We hope to have these processors in the lab soon. Stay tuned.
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The iGPU of the Ryzen 2200G is making these totally impractical choice.Reply
Great move from Intel! although their igpu still sucks, given the high price of gpu's right now it would be wiser to go the Ryzen APU route, but I bet if you already had a good gpu and paired it with this $64 Cofeelake Pentium gold G5400, it would probably smoke the Ryzen 2200g, especially now that cheap cofeelake boards will soon be out and available. hopefully this would force AMD to cut their prices win win for consumers!Reply
The fact that you have to already own a Discrete GPU or purchase one in order to smoke the 2200G Negates that. It is not going to make them drop prices.Reply
Now if Intel released a competitive GPU that would do it. But no its not in the same class at all.
2200G is still hard to beat with H/B motherboard not cheap enough.Reply
There's no mention of Spectre and Meltdown fixes integrated into these :(Reply
apparently TomsHardware is again, NSFW. Not a matter of adult content, but again, forcing ads with video and sound that blast through PC speakers whether you like it or not.Reply
Not for anything that hammers more than two threads hard. Also the 2200G is cheaper than a Pentium Gold and an entry level graphics card. 2200G is also unlocked, you can bump the CPU up a few hundred MHz for a little free performance. Especially if you add a graphics card later, since it won't be spending its TDP budget on the iGPU anymore.20852571 said:Great move from Intel! although their igpu still sucks, given the high price of gpu's right now it would be wiser to go the Ryzen APU route, but I bet if you already had a good gpu and paired it with this $64 Cofeelake Pentium gold G5400, it would probably smoke the Ryzen 2200g, especially now that cheap cofeelake boards will soon be out and available. hopefully this would force AMD to cut their prices win win for consumers!
Really they're in different leagues.
20853691 said:apparently TomsHardware is again, NSFW. Not a matter of adult content, but again, forcing ads with video and sound that blast through PC speakers whether you like it or not.
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20852270 said:The iGPU of the Ryzen 2200G is making these totally impractical choice.
Yeah?How fast is it in converting 1080p H264 how fast for H265 ? Can you watch 4k netflix with it?
These things aren't worth it for gaming except light gaming or E-Sports. If one also use the PC for other things, a dual core is not worth it. A quad core should be the minimum these days even for the low end.Reply
As other mentioned already, spend a little more for a Ryzen APU