Intel has announced plans to rebrand its current generation Pentium processors, and future generations, to 'Pentium Gold' chips. The rebranding reflects Intel’s intention to position the latest Pentium CPUs above the previous generation parts.

Starting from November 2nd, Intel’s boxed Pentium G4560, G4600, and G4620 processors will carry the Pentium Gold brand. These parts were launched in Q1 2017, and are dual-core CPUs with Hyper-Threading technology and an improved integrated GPU.

General Specifications of Intel's Pentium G-Series Processors
Kaby Lake Skylake
  Cores Freq. L3 iGPU TDP   Cores Freq. L3 iGPU TDP
Gold G4620 2/4 3.7GHz 3MB i630 51W G4520 2/2 3.6GHz 3MB i530 51W
Gold G4600 3.6GHz G4500 3.5GHz
Gold G4560 3.5GHz i610 54W G4400 3.3GHz i510 54W
G4600T 3.0GHz i630 35W G4500T 3.0GHz i530 35W
G4560T 2.9GHz i610 G4400T 2.9GHz i510
HD Graphics 610: 12 EUs at 900 - 1100 MHz
HD Graphics 630: 24 EUs at 1000 - 1150 MHz
HD Graphics 510: 12 EUs at 950 MHz
HD Graphics 530: 24 EUs at 1150 MHz

With the name changes also comes a slight branding and retail packaging update. The first is with their “Piggyback label” (included sticker attached to the instructions), which changes from the ‘PCB’ die map as a background to gold. Instead of saying Pentium inside, it now says Pentium Gold with the Intel name above it.

The outside of the retail packaging carton some changes are made as well. Where it used to simply say “Desktop Processor” now says “Intel Pentium Gold Desktop Processor.”

There are unofficial reports claiming that Intel is also preparing Pentium Silver products, thus splitting the desktop Pentium lineup into two groups. The Pentium Gold family evidently consists of the mainstream desktop (MSDT) processors based on the high-performance Core-branded microarchitecture. According to some reports, the Pentium Silver lineup will use the ultra-low power (ULP) codenamed Gemini Lake microarchitecture, but we cannot confirm this independently.

Source: Intel

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  • 80-wattHamster - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    Duopolies seem to be the natural endpoint of a mature competitive market, sometimes with also-rans. Successful concerns buy out the less-successful until you're left with two that are too large to either buy each other or muscle the other out, or are prevented in those actions by anti-trust law. In addition to Intel/AMD, see also: Microsoft/Apple, Apple/Samsung, iOS/Android, Ford/GM, Verizon/AT&T, Boeing/Airbus, etc. Reply
  • versesuvius - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    It is not as creative as "President Trump". Maybe "Gold House"? Reply
  • mapesdhs - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    Sensible people chose the former. MAGA! Antifa supporters think Atoms are cool. There, now I've gone and done it. :D Reply
  • serendip - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    Atoms *are* cool. And cheap! Go find me another fanless tablet SoC that doesn't run hot and runs x86. Reply
  • Meteor2 - Monday, October 16, 2017 - link

    Like MS with Windows Mobile, Intel abandoned fanless Atom just as it was getting good.

    I think they simply wanted lower revenues but better returns by leaving only Core M in the market.
    Reply
  • bigboxes - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    That's gold, Jerry! Gold! Reply
  • Surfacround - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    buy a pentium Gold processor... become a TiN man... you know from from film “the wizard of oz...”
    (if i only had a brain...lol)

    TiN get it?... Titanium Nitride coating on drill bits... gold colour/color... i like to joke that i have TiN starbuck card...
    Reply
  • someonesomewherelse - Saturday, October 14, 2017 - link

    So now they'll be able to charge more for the same CPU? Reply
  • zodiacfml - Sunday, October 15, 2017 - link

    Rebranding for nothing. I thought these are slow quad core parts. Reply
  • delakota555 - Saturday, January 06, 2018 - link

    Are they rebranded Gold and Silver as they can be melted down? Meltdown...see what I did there? AMD Ryzen for me now! :-) Reply

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