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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  • BedfordTim - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - link

    It is to allow users to differentiate between Core i and Atom Pentiums.
  • DanNeely - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - link

    Agreed, and as cancerous as I find the convention if it gives an easy way for me to tell non-tech friends/family members how to find the cheapest core CPU powered laptop in a boxmart that they can while avoiding atoms I'm all for it. As it is I default to telling people that unless they want to look up part numbers on lists to make sure they're getting a 'good pentium/celeron' instead of a bad one that they should plan on buying an I3; even though the $50 difference in cpu price would be better spent on an SSD or IPS display instead.
  • ddriver - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - link

    Really, having precious metals all over the product line is somehow more indicative than putting or omitting to put "Atom" on the box???

    Best way to know whether you are getting an Atom or not is if the product name clearly states "Atom" if it is Atom ADOY.
  • DanNeely - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    I called it cancerous for a reason. Putting "atom" or "core" on the label in front of the store model in the boxmart or prominently in online store listings would be better. But retailers don't want to do that because some consumers know just enough associate atom with slow as crap garbage but not to realize the equivalent product in another store that just says "Pentium N4200" is also an atom.
  • Byte - Saturday, October 14, 2017 - link

    What happened to the Celery then.
  • t.s - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    It will allow Intel to raise the price :)
  • Flunk - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - link

    Man, that logo looks cheap and tacky.
  • ddriver - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - link

    It combines the ugliness of basic outdated vector graphics with the compression artifacts of poorly optimized jpg raster graphics.
  • cerberusss - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - link

    It shows off the full capabilities of the iGPU that comes with the Pentium Gold.
  • mapesdhs - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    That was funny. :D

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