Desktop Kaby Lake Pentium CPUs are now known as Pentium Gold

Over the last few years, one of the most confusing parts of Intel's product stack has been the series of low-end parts. The company has produced Celeron and Pentium processors using both its large-and-fast desktop cores and its lightweight low-power cores. That led to multiple CPUs equally labeled "Pentium" but with wildly disparate performance. Today, a longtime tipster and friend of the site pointed us to a Product Change Notification buried in Intel's website that indicates that Kaby Lake-based desktop Pentium G4560, G4600, and G4620 chips will be rebranded as "Pentium Gold" CPUs.

This news comes not even a week after purportedly-leaked documents marked down possibly-upcoming Gemini Lake SoCs for a new "Pentium Silver" branding. The combination would make sense: the fast desktop-core-based Pentiums will be "Gold," while the power-efficient Gemini Lake chips could then be "Silver."

The Product Change Notification document also describes changes to both the global and Chinese box art, and mentions that Intel's customers (meaning OEMs and resellers like Newegg) must be ready for the new branding by November 2. Don't be too shocked if you see Pentium Gold CPUs in stores sooner rather than later.

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    • Mikael33
    • 2 years ago

    That’s gold Jerry, gold!

    • Mr Bill
    • 2 years ago

    Pirates Edition, Arrrr!

    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    This is…Actually kind of better. What they did a few years ago mixing Braswell and Broadwell both under Celeron and Pentium was the real flub.

    • drfish
    • 2 years ago

    “Pentium Gold” sounds like a foot powder.

      • Mr Bill
      • 2 years ago

      With interchangeable heat spreader inserts.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 2 years ago

    So… wait… they are going to relabel currently available CPUs that are based on the now-“obsolete” 1st generation Socket 1151, rather than save the new Pentium Gold branding for whatever upcoming Pentium will work on the new socket?

    *facepalm*

    • Mr Bill
    • 2 years ago

    Not… Goldmember?

    • Wirko
    • 2 years ago

    So I can find my G4560 with a metal detector in case I lose it somewhere.

    • Flying Fox
    • 2 years ago

    What next? Killing the Celeron brand and changing to Pentium Platinum?

      • meerkt
      • 2 years ago

      No. Celerons will be retroactively called Pentium 3.1 Gen 1.

        • willmore
        • 2 years ago

        I thought it was Gen 2? But you’ll need a different motherboard for that…

        • ronch
        • 2 years ago

        Of course. Pentium 3.0 just isn’t that catchy.

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 2 years ago

        Muahaha. Good one.

        • morphine
        • 2 years ago

        lol, cleverest comment I’ve seen in weeks.

        • the
        • 2 years ago

        NO! YOU DO NOT GIVE BAD IDEAS TO INTEL’S MARKETING DEPARTMENT. They will use them.

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]What next? Killing the Celeron brand and changing to Pentium Platinum?[/quote<] Pentium Pyrite.

        • ozzuneoj
        • 2 years ago

        Ah yes, the “Fools Pentium”… clever.

          • fullbodydenim
          • 2 years ago

          That is the new Celery branding… Intel Fool’s Gold.

            • Klimax
            • 2 years ago

            Did we get treecat here?

            (Maybe bit too unusual reference…)

            • AnotherReader
            • 2 years ago

            I would wager there are other readers of the Honor Harrington series besides you here.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    I thought the point of up-labelling Atom parts to Celeron/Pentium was to intentionally fool the customer into thinking they’re getting more CPU than they really are.

    Now Intel are clarifying the products so that people don’t get scammed any more?

    Why the change? I’m pretty sure it’s not because Intel have grown a conscience….

    • tsk
    • 2 years ago

    Whenever I see Intels branding and numbering system my OCD goes into overload.

      • Waco
      • 2 years ago

      Ditto. The gold/silver/platinum junk was bad enough for the Xeon lines…but now we have it for Pentiums as well – but not the Core lineup.

      Ugh. Brain hurt.

        • NTMBK
        • 2 years ago

        Coming in 2018, Core iGold.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    That’s just golden.

    • Krogoth
    • 2 years ago

    This is purely targeted at PHB-types in SMB world for office OEM systems.

    • HERETIC
    • 2 years ago

    If they threw the “Gold” moniker in when they released Pentium’s with HT,
    that would have made sense…………….

      • Klimax
      • 2 years ago

      Which Pentium? The “can melt gold” or the “can at best melt ice”?

    • helix
    • 2 years ago

    Talk about devaluation.
    The most ironic thing is that intel thinks putting some [i<]tin[/i<] solder inside is to expensive.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    Not confusing enough Intel! You still left the Pentium in there so we’re still vaguely aware of what these chips are about even though we don’t have a clue about the specific SKUs.

    Now when you can make it so I have absolutely no way to tell the difference between one of these Pentiums, a $10,000 Xeon, and an Optanic SSD… then you will have achieved true market confusion perfection.

      • deputy dawg
      • 2 years ago

      “Your wimpy 2.2 GHz Xeon Silver is no match for my 3.7 GHz Pentium GOLD!”

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 2 years ago

    8700k is up on newegg.

    • jackbomb
    • 2 years ago

    This remind me of my neighbor.
    I get a window from a glass, he must get a window from a glass.
    I get a step, he must get a step.
    I get a Pentium-90 with a gold top, he can only afford a ceramic top Pentium. Great success.

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      But does he have an iPod?

    • YukaKun
    • 2 years ago

    That’s actually… Embarrassing, lol.

    Jeez, what the hell is Intel thinking as of late? XD

    Cheers!

      • anotherengineer
      • 2 years ago

      They’re thinking of all the noobs that go into BB or Dell, and see GOLD, and think it’s GOLD it must be top end and must be good.

      Sold!!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      What they’re thinking as of late is how to differentiate between the CPUs formerly known as Atom and the Baby Lake Pentiums. What they were thinking 4-5 years ago when they first started branding Atom CPUs as Pentiums is anybody’s guess.

        • Voldenuit
        • 2 years ago

        [quote<] What they were thinking 4-5 years ago when they first started branding Atom CPUs as Pentiums is anybody's guess.[/quote<] Somebody with an MBA was either being sarcastic or clever, and no one could tell which.

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    If only Intel had a brand name they could use for small cores exclusively. Something indicating the tiny size. “Molecule”, or something.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      Hmm, what’s smaller than a molecule? Isn’t there something smaller that molecules are made out of? How about that for a name?

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        Sure, but Fluffernutter is already trademarked.

        • Khali
        • 2 years ago

        Lets stop beating around the bush here. The Atom name has been taken, meaning they can’t legally use it. That leaves four things smaller than an Atom (proton, neutron, quark, and gluon) just don’t have that marketing pzazz as a brand name. Well quark might but then you run into copyright issues with CBS over the character name in Deep Space 9.

          • Goty
          • 2 years ago

          What about all the various leptons, mesons, and baryons? Plenty of names there.

          • Brewineer
          • 2 years ago

          They did release a Quark back in 2013, and are used in the Arduino 101.

          [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Quark[/url<]

          • lem18
          • 2 years ago

          AMD unintentionally took gluon 😉

            • curtisb
            • 2 years ago

            I see what you did there.

          • jensend
          • 2 years ago

          What are you talking about? There’s no legal issues with Atom, and Intel still has the trademark. They could certainly use that branding, they just haven’t chosen to. They still have the Intel Quark trademark too, though it’d be quite a leap to use that brand for anything outside of the “glorified microcontroller” niche.

            • Khali
            • 2 years ago

            My mistake, I thought Atom was copyrighted by some one else.

      • willmore
      • 2 years ago

      Quark? No, that’s too small. Oh, wait, they did that one…

      • Mr Bill
      • 2 years ago

      Neutrino

      • NovusBogus
      • 2 years ago

      They may have an internal requirement that any brand name they choose lack a legendary reputation for being dog poop.

    • nico1982
    • 2 years ago

    What a mess 😐

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      • 2 years ago

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