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Intel’s Latest Celeron and Pentium CPUs Finally Get AVX2, AVX-512 Support

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Intel's latest Celeron and Pentium Gold processors for laptops based on the Tiger Lake microarchitecture apparently support most technologies featured by more expensive 11th Generation Core i-series parts. Most notably, they support AVX2 extensions and even an AVX-512 instruction. 

Intel's Celeron and Pentium Gold processors for entry-level laptops are usually based around the same high-performance cores as their more expensive Core counterparts that belong to the same generation of CPUs. To differentiate between more advanced Core and cheaper Celeron and Pentium Gold parts, Intel used to disable numerous features on the latter, slowing them down in certain demanding applications and causing headaches for software developers, as well as frustration among end-users. As it turns out, Intel changes this practice rather significantly with its Tiger Lake-based Celeron 6305/6305E and Pentium Gold 7505 processors. 

The new Celeron 6305 and Pentium Gold 7505 CPUs are dual-core processors (with or without Hyper-Threading) with a configurable TDP-up frequency of 1.80 GHz and 2.0 GHz (respectively), 4 MB cache, UHD Graphics based on the Xe-LP architecture with 48 execution units, and a dual-channel memory controller that supports DDR4-3200 as well as LPDDR4X-3733 memory. 

Unlike previous-generation Celeron and Pentium Gold processors for notebooks (and embedded applications in case of the model 6305E), these CPUs support AVX2 instructions, the Intel Deep Learning Boost technology (using the AVX512-VNNI instruction), as well as the Intel Gaussian and Neural Accelerator 2.0, the same 'premium' features supported by more expensive Tiger Lake processors. Meanwhile, enabling support for AVX2 and the AVX512-VNNI instructions is not particularly surprising given that Intel's upcoming low-power Gracemont cores will support AVX2 as well sometimes next year.

Surprisingly, Intel's Celeron 6305 and Pentium Gold 7505 CPUs also feature Intel's Xe-LP GPU with 48 EUs. That means that they offer significantly more graphics horsepower than Intel's Core i7 chips with Iris Pro that the company released several years ago, and support up to four displays. Furthermore, the processors feature Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, another premium capabilities for entry-level notebooks. Last but not least, the Pentium Gold 7505 also supports Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.50 GHz, a first in the lineup's history.

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There are still differentiating features between the Core i3-1110G4 and the Celeron 6305 and Pentium Gold 7505. The Core i3 part is clocked considerably higher, has a larger 6 MB cache, supports LPDDR4X-4267 memory, features a PCIe Gen 4 interface, and supports configurable TDP-down in a bid to address sleeker laptops.

In fact, the Core i3-1110G4 is designed for compact, low-power machines and even comes in a smaller package. Intel’s Core-branded Tiger Lake chips support more AVX-512 instructions and, therefore, offer higher performance in certain applications that use them. 

It remains to be seen whether Intel adopts the same approach with its upcoming desktop Celeron and Pentium-branded processors and enables AVX2 and Deep Learning Boost. But at least the company is doing it with mobile parts.

  • linuxdude
    Finally - Intel is lowering prices and reduces feature-cutting of entry-level parts.
    Thank you AMD for the renewed competition, 2012-2017 were rather boring 5 years ;)
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  • JfromNucleon
    linuxdude said:
    Finally - Intel is lowering prices and reduces feature-cutting of entry-level parts.
    Thank you AMD for the renewed competition, 2012-2017 were rather boring 5 years ;)
    Definitely, no matter whose winning, the consumer is truly the winner in competition
    Reply
  • uni_0n
    Ok, so trash celeron wanna get better graphics than my uhd 620 in i7 8565U
    Intel:)
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  • Phaaze88
    And this is not long after that one game closed off Celeron and Pentium options because the engine was updated to support AVX.
    What was it again? It had something to do with space, and spaceships...
    It's been in beta status with no signs of 'going gold' anytime soon...


    Star Citizen! Yeah, that one.
    Reply