Numerous retailers this week have started to list a rather odd microprocessor, the Intel Pentium Gold G5600F. The latest Pentium targets entry-level PCs, yet it does not feature an integrated graphics core. The CPU is projected to be available in the near future, but for the moment many details yet have to be revealed.

Based on a listing at UK-based, the Pentium Gold G5600F is a dual-core processor with Hyper-Threading clocked at 3.9 GHz and presumably featuring a 54 W TDP. Like other F-marked CPUs from Intel, this product lacks integrated graphics, so it needs a partner in the form of a discrete GPU, which changes their target market from entry-level office PCs to entry-level gaming/multimedia machines.

Intel yet has to disclose official MSRP and launch date for the Pentium Gold G5600F, but the existing Coffee Lake-based GPU-disabled Core i-series F processors cost exactly the same amount of money as their GPU-enabled counterparts. So F parts don't carry any real advantage, other than perhaps de-facto availability in situations when “normal” CPUs are missing.

As noted above, Intel’s Pentium G5600F is certainly not the only processor from the company that lacks an integrated GPU. The manufacturer recently introduced a host of Core i3/i5/i7-branded processors with F-suffixes aimed both at overclockers as well as regular users. The launch of the initial F parts was plenty odd on its own, given that it doesn't seem like Intel should have too many chips lying around with bad iGPUs, but the fact that they're apparently continuing to roll out more and more SKUs from top-to-bottom price points just makes the whole matter even odder.

Intel does not comment on unreleased products, their prices, and positioning. So it remains to be seen how exactly the CPU giant is going to market these entry-level processors without an integrated GPU.

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Sources: Kikatek, momomo_us/Twitter, Tom’s Hardware


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  • plopke - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    You never know but do people even buy these expecting no iGPU?
  • SquarePeg - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    One of these and a 1050ti would make a great esports box but why when a Ryzen 2200G costs $89.
    Intel would need to price these fairly cheaply but I doubt they will. Intel's just sandbagging in earnest trying to hold back the dual floods of Ryzen on one side and Arm on the other.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    Faulty iGPUs must be a substantial problem for Intel if, now in a manufacturing shortfall situation, they're harvesting faulty iGPU parts for lower end segments.
  • Ej24 - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    Less time and resources spent occupying manufacturing due to cpu's faulty igpu. Now those are viable products rather than garbage. Maybe it's only 5% of all cpu's. That's still 5% less demand for fab resources.
  • Mikenight - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    Simple really. They will release their own discrete GPUs. One division half heartedly doing what other had requested. Smells corporate infighting.

    Pure speculation :)
  • rocky12345 - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    I got to ask this does the F in the name mean these CPU's are Fracked up as in something not right inside them such as messed up iGPU's so they are releasing them with the iGPU's disabled to cut some of the losses.
  • Smell This - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    Chipzillah 14nm+ (and 10nm) tock'd when they should have tick'd. The suffixes stand for F(ailed) EUs.

    I suspect that structurally, the cell libraries at 10nm were borked, and in the 14nm "Process-Architecture-Optimization' tree, the train went off the rails -- sometime around Kaby Lake (when the higher fin height and larger pitch resulted in less density). This is roughly the time 'GT2' and HD6xx EUs came to fruition.

    Interestingly enough, 'short' cell libraries are optimized for high density and low power -- which, yowsa, is 75% of graphics and 'uncore' of the die size.

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