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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  • jabbadap - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - link

    Good, now they can increase their prices. Because gold is expensive.
  • watzupken - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - link

    Intel created the confusion in the first place when they decided to remove the Atom branding and use Pentium and Celeron for these low power chips to make it sound so low end. So now they try to give it a nicer name by adding names of precious metals to it. Pentium platinum anyone?
  • Hereiam2005 - Thursday, October 12, 2017 - link

    Gold is not trademark-able. Just saying.
  • RealBeast - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    Pentium Gold is.
  • krayzieka215 - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    this will be a very good reason to boycott Intel for life
  • Hurr Durr - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    Do you can`t even yet?
  • mapesdhs - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    My grammar chip exploded reading that. :}
  • Frenetic Pony - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    "Ok everyone. Our competition for x86 processors is back, our consumer hardware space is shrinking continuously. Our new silicon node has faced indefinite delays, our attempts to branch out into the Internet Of Things has failed miserably, and a major customer's own processor IP is beating ours by a wide margin. We are losing it people! I need options."
    "What if we took a semi vague way of branding our products and, get this, made it slightly more vague?"
    "Yes! I like it, that's the sort of thinking that will turn this company around!"
  • Hurr Durr - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    Wake up, CPU duopoly is screwing you back and forward with the cheapest tactic available.
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, October 13, 2017 - link

    The solutions to that problem are small in number. Adding more competitors won't give us the promise of avoiding us reaching this same status quo again later. That's the trouble with a competitive market. Sooner or later, someone "wins" at the expense of other companies and customers.

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