The Pentium processor has been around since the end of the 486 era, introduced in 1993 at a startling cost of $878 for the 60 MHz version, and $964 for 66 MHz (when purchased in quantities of 1000, that is). Now Intel is taking Pentium into uncharted waters for 2019, with the Pentium Gold G5620 reaching 4.0 GHz for the first time for a processor bearing the iconic brand.
Image via Tom's Hardware
According to reports from Tom's Hardware and AnandTech the Pentium G5620, listed early by retailers in Europe, is a 2-core / 4-thread part that will apparently be at the top of the new budget desktop CPU lineup. Alongside the Pentium G5620 there will refreshed Pentium and Celeron CPUs, as listed by Tom's Hardware:
"…the other processors listed include the G5420 (3.8 GHz, 2/4), G5600T (3.3 GHz, 2/4), G5420T (3.2 GHz, 2/4), the Celeron G4950 (3.3 GHz, 2/2), the Celeron G4930 (3.2 GHz, 2/2), and the Celeron G4930T (3.0 GHz, 2/2)."
We do not have an Intel announcement yet of course, so no details about architecture, process tech, or official pricing. March or April is the expected timeframe based on the listings, and with no official release dates we can only speculate on actual availability here in the U.S.
Intel should unlock its
Intel should unlock its Pentium memory controllers in order to be fairly competitive against AMD low end processors.
Locking memory controllers is a poor way of building a product range since the computing power of cores matters the most.
I wonder how this will do.
I wonder how this will do. not to long ago there were plenty of budget minded builders who would get a Pentium part to save every available penny for GPU, remember all those 30$ off-brand micro atx boards in those found in the trash outside of the school beige cases with a huge as fuck 580-ti crammed in there, ahh the good old days…. but I digress,
I am wondering how a part like this will do in the current Eco system. Game Devs are finally getting comfortable/creative with all the massive thread counts all our CPUs have these days, I keep reading new game benchmarking that says over and over, game after game “If you have only 2 cores, dont bother”
On the other hand, for the average non gamer user, why would you need that much speed on a 2 core system? There is very few applications where you would real world feel the speed without the possible stutter from multitasking.
Who knows, perhaps as a Big Box part for sheep systems. 4ghz does look good in a flyer.
I’m afraid multithreading
I’m afraid multithreading isn’t a trivial task to implement for any random program.
Thus, the single core speed is still more than relevant even for the average Joe.
Greta to see them upgrading
Greta to see them upgrading the MHz a bit but now why not unlock the memory controller on all of the locked Intel CPU’s as someone else here pointed out.