A number of European retailers have started listing new Celeron and the Pentium Gold-branded processors, which indicates that the world’s largest CPU supplier is about to formally announce the products. Topping the list of new processors is the Pentium G5620, which happens to be Intel's first Pentium-branded CPU clocked at 4 GHz.

The list of budget-focused dual-core processors includes seven SKUs: the Pentium Gold G5620, the Pentium Gold G5420, the Pentium Gold G5420T, the Pentium Gold G5600T, the Celeron G4950, the Celeron G4930, and the Celeron G4930T. The key selling points of the new processors are their higher clockspeeds when compared to predecessors.

At this point we don't know what architecture Intel is using – if it's Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, or Coffee Lake Refresh – however the distinction between the three is largely academic, since these are locked processors with few active cores. Coffee Lake Refresh would be ideal, since it includes Meltdown and Spectre hardware mitigations, but as we've already seen with the high-end chips, the hardware fixes aren't any faster than the software fixes; they're just more convenient.

Intel Forthcoming Pentium Gold & Celeron Processors
Frequency L3 Cache iGPU TDP PN
Pentium Gold G5620 2/4 4 GHz 4 MB? UHD 630
54 W

Pentium Gold G5420 3.8 GHz BX80684G5420
Pentium Gold G5600T 3.3 GHz 25 W
Pentium Gold G5420T 3.2 GHz UHD 610
Celeron G4950 2/2 3.3 GHz 2 MB? 54 W
Celeron G4930 3.2 GHz BX80684G4930
Celeron G4930T 3 GHz 25 W

According to Germany-based ISO Datentechnik and Finland-based Futureport online stores, the new CPUs from Intel will be available starting from early March. But since that information does not come directly from Intel, it may not be completely accurate.

Intel originally planned to release its Pentium 4 processors based on the NetBurst microarchitecture and clocked at 4 GHz sometime in the middle of the previous decade. At some point, Intel stopped development of its Tejas generation of NetBurst processors cancelling all the products in the lineup, then the company cancelled release of Pentium 4 4.0 GHz CPUs featuring the Prescott, and the Prescott 2M designs due in 2005 – 2006. Later on the company released numerous Core-branded processors clocked at 4.0 GHz and higher, but frequencies of Pentiums topped at 3.8 GHz.

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Source: Retailers, momomo_us/Twitter

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  • edlee - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - link

    these are like rebadged i3-7xxx cpus, 2/4 cores, same igpu 630, just difference is UHD instead of HD
  • takeshi7 - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - link

    While this may be the first official 4GHz Pentium, I haven't heard of a single Pentium EE 965 from 2006 that couldn't do 4 GHz just by ticking the multiplier up one notch.

    That one was also 2 cores 4 threads.
  • RaistlinZ - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - link

    Whoa, Intel...slow down there. We can only take so much excitement and innovation at once.

    = /
  • Alistair - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - link

    seems someone forgot the anniversary pentium... or does not artificially locking your cpus to make money, not count?
  • shabby - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Just wait till they introduce the single core/two thread 5ghz monster.
  • Audherbagn - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Almost any 9900k can hit 5.1ghz on all cores, and 5.1*8=40.8, so there is a total of 40.8ghz inside of that cpu. If they just reallocated all of those ghz to one hyperthreaded core, then we could have THE single core monster.
  • Arbie - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Circa 2001 Intel was predicting 10GHz within the decade. By chance, now it's 10nm within the decade.
  • yeeeeman - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    This whole 10nm bogdown seems to be done miracles with 14nm, cause suddenly they could stop and focus more on improving what you already have and less on changing. Give them one more year and we will see 5Ghz+ stock processors.
  • ksec - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Nothing to do with 10nm. If AMD wasn't competing you would be still in the same old Intel.
  • KaarlisK - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Why would the G5600T have UHD 610 if G5500T has UHD 630?

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