Intel expands its affordable processor range with Pentium Silver CPUs

Doris Richards
December 12, 2017

The company is launching "N5000" for mobile and "J5005" for desktop Intel Pentium Silver processors.

Intel recently broke up its Pentium lineup into two branches: Pentium Gold and Pentium Silver.

But while Intel does try to address the problem of connectivity, it remains to be seen whether these new Pentium Silver and Celeron processors will do better than their predecessors in battery life and thermal management.

Incidentally, Pentium Silver means that the chip is based on the Atom architecture, a lower-cost (and lower-power) alternative to the main Core series of Intel processors.

Intel also have Pentium Gold processors which are already in market based on the Kaby Lake architecture and represent the highest-performing Pentium processors available. They will also use Intel's UHD integrated graphics hardware.

"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", Intel says of the new chips.

And the Intel Celeron N4100 and N4000 mirror their desktop counterparts, with just slightly slower clock speeds (up to 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz respectively) and with marginally slower integrated graphics (clocked at 700MHz and 650MHz respectively).

Intel further noted that Pentium Silver delivers 58% faster productivity performance (based on SYSmark benchmarking) compared to a PC with a four-year-old Pentium processor.

The chips are now shipping to OEMs and Intel said it expects the first machines to hit the market in early 2018.

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