Pentium is Intel's #1 (It's All About the Pentiums)

Most of us who are running Intel processors are past the Pentium phases of our lives and are now rocking chips from the Core brand – be it a Core 2 Duo or a newer Nehalem-based Core i7. But according to a document that X-bit labs claims to have seen, the Pentium is still the most popular Intel processor.

According to the report, Intel projects that Pentium-branded processors will account for roughly 42 to 43 percent of Intel’s desktop chips volume in 2010. Core 2 chips won't be far behind at 40 percent of the mix, with Atom hitting 8 percent and Nehalem-based chips at 6 percent. (We're unsure as to what happened with the remaining 3 to 4 percent, but it could be Celeron.)

Although Intel did not provide comment in the report, the numbers so seem plausible on a worldwide scale. As much as we demand that our new computers be packing one of the latest chips, much of the mainstream market (especially in parts of the worldwide market) is price sensitive to the point that the older and much cheaper technology is preferred.

The popularity of the Pentium is not unusual, given that it is arguably Intel's strongest brand since it launched the first Pentium CPU nearly 17 years ago. With the steady rise and replacement of the Core brand, however, Pentium will likely be on the way out starting in 2011.

And now, a video that says it all:

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • ubernoobie
    cant view cuz it blocked in canada :(
  • B-Unit
    Hehehehe, Epic win on the vid. EDIT: Its not just Canadia, they busted everyone, cant see it in the US either. Good thing its in my collection hehehehhe

    And this is exactly why they still have, and will have, a Pentium brand for a long time. EVERYONE has heard of it. Its their mainstream cash cow.
  • freiheitner
    It's blocked in the US, too.
  • Shadow703793
    Try UltraSurf. Worked on showing the vid for me ;)
    They should release Pentium 5
  • jhansonxi
    This blocking by Sony Music reminds me of another Weird Al tune - Don't Download This Song.
  • apache_lives
    azraelcruzThey should release Pentium 5
    Yeah they dumped that name fore CORE 2
  • killerclick
    Hey, let's all talk about how the video is blocked! Boy, it sure is blocked...
  • ta152h
    'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;--
    Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
    What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
    Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
    Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
    What's in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet;
    So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
    Retain that dear perfection which he owes
    Without that title:--Romeo, doff thy name;
    And for that name, which is no part of thee,
    Take all myself.

    In other words, who cares what they call it? I do think Core is most inane name they could up with, but it wouldn't prevent me from buying it. It's like GM naming their next car "engine".

    As far as the Pentium name going away, that's wrong. They actually intended to kill it after the Pentium III++ (aka Core 2) came out, and then decided to add the name back into the mix.

    Pentium sounds more high end than something so prosaic as "Core". Core sounds like a workman like processor that might not be the fastest, but gets it done. Pentium sounds more regal, maybe because it sounds like Penultimate. I guess the Pentium 4 kind of left a bad taste in people's mouth though.

    They still sell Celeron, but it doesn't sell well anymore. The name sounds too much like a non-nutritive vegetable anyway. I don't know how they expected people to think "Celerity". Most people haven't even been exposed to that word. But most have been to Celery, sadly, and maybe even whacked for not wanting to eat it as a kid.
  • loomis86
    After pentium comes hexium, or sexium...depending on whether you prefer greek or latin. Then comes heptium or septium. Then octium.