The new Intel Celeron and Pentium Gold for notebooks become more powerful

The new Intel Celeron and Pentium Gold for notebooks become more powerful
Intel's latest Celeron and Pentium Gold notebook processors based on Tiger Lake microarchitecture will apparently support most of the technologies implemented on the more expensive 11th Generation Core solutions. Notably, AVX2 extensions and even an AVX-512 instruction were introduced.

Celeron and Pentium Gold processors for entry-level laptops are generally based on the same high-performance cores as their more expensive counterparts which belong to the same CPU generation. To distinguish the Core series from Celeron and Pentium Gold, Intel used to disable numerous features on the latter, slowing them down in some demanding applications. Apparently, the Santa Clara company has changed this practice quite significantly with its Tiger Lake-based Celeron 6305 / 6305E and Pentium Gold 7505 processors.

The new Celeron 6305 and Pentium Gold dual core CPUs 7505 have a configurable frequency of 1.80 GHz and 2.0 GHz (respectively), 4MB of cache, integrated GPU based on the Xe-LP architecture with 48 EU and a dual channel memory controller that supports DDR4-320 modules 0 and LPDDR4X-3733.

Unlike the previous generation Celeron and Pentium Gold processors for notebooks (and embedded applications in the case of the 6305E model), these CPUs support AVX2 instructions, Intel Deep Learning Boost technology (using instruction AVX512-VNNI), as well as Intel Gaussian and Neural Accelerator 2.0, the same “premium” features offered by the more expensive Tiger Lake processors.

Surprisingly, the Celeron 6305 and Pentium Gold 7505 CPUs also feature the Intel Xe-LP GPU with 48 EU. This means they offer significantly more graphics power than the Intel Core i7 chips with Iris Pro that the company marketed several years ago and support up to four displays. Additionally, the processors come with Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, another premium feature for entry-level notebooks. Last but not least, the Pentium Gold 7505 also supports Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.50GHz, the first in the history of the range.

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There are still features that differentiate, for example, the Core i3-1110G4 and the Celeron 6305 and the Pentium Gold 7505. The Core i3 CPU has a significantly higher clock, a cache of 6MB, supports LPDDR4X-4267 memory and PCIe Gen 4 interface.

It remains to be seen whether Intel will take the same approach with its Celeron and Pentium desktop processors, enabling AVX2 and Deep Learning Boost.

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