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Intel takes on AMD's budget-focused Athlon Zen with the new Pentium G5620

By DPennington · 17 replies
Feb 21, 2019
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  1. Intel is bringing new Pentium Gold processors to market in an attempt to claim back low-end consumer market share from AMD's Athlon Zen. The top SKU, the G5620, will be the first Pentium with a 4 GHz clock speed out of the box, and will pack two cores with hyper-threading and a 65W TDP. The G5620 will replace the G5600 at the top of Intel's low-end product stack, offering a 100 MHz boost over its predecessor.

    The budget Coffee Lake line of CPUs also includes the Pentium G5420 (3.8 GHz), G5600T (3.3 GHz, 35W TDP), and G5420T (3.2 GHz, 35W TDP), all of which are dual core with four threads. Three Celeron SKUs were also revealed, the G4950, G4930, and G4930T, and will carry two cores without hyperthreading.

    The chips are built on the same 14 nm++ node that the rest of the Coffee Lake processors utilize. The Pentium G5620 will feature integrated UHD 630 graphics, with the lower-end CPUs featuring the UHD 610 variant.

    The flagship G5620 is expected to retail somewhere around $100 at launch in March, which places it just below the i3-8100 on Intel's CPU hierarchy. The i3-8100 is a true quad-core CPU without hyper-threading, but is clocked lower at 3.6 GHz. The G5620 can support dual-channel DDR4 up to 64GB, has 512 KB of L2 cache, and 4 MB of L3 cache.

    The $100 price tag is up slightly from previous generations. The much-loved G4560 launched in 2017 at $64, which resulted in i3 sales plummeting since the Pentium chip was roughly 10% slower at less than half the price. Intel likely raised the price of the G5620 to protect sales of its current i3 chips.

    AMD recently released the Athlon 200GE and 240GE, with both offering two cores, four threads, and Radeon Vega 3 graphics for $50 and $60, respectively. The 200GE is able to outperform the $119 i3-8100 in some CPU tests, and routinely beat it in integrated graphics tests. While Intel isn't pricing the G5620 as low as the Athlon Zen CPUs, we can likely expect performance similar to the i3-8100 with a slightly lower price tag.

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  2. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 354   +237

    I'm going to go out on a (very short) limb here, & predict that it's going to be just like the Pentium G5400 (see comparison, https://www.techspot.com/review/1619-pentium-gold-g5400-vs-ryzen-2200g/page5.html): it'll be great for a "bargain-basement" PC that will be used for web browsing, email, & social media, but its 2C/4T specs are going to limit its capabilities in heavier-duty office & rendering applications...& the only thing that will potentially rescue it for bottom-of-the-barrel gaming is adding a dedicated GPU, but even then it'll be roughly equal to the Athlons.
     
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  3. DPennington

    DPennington TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 88   +32

    If only Intel would price this at $50-75 instead of $100. Then they would have a legitimate low-end contender. I don't see this knocking off the Athlon, especially since the Athlons have Vega 3 graphics. Not to suggest Vega 3 is anything special, but there's a lot more bang for the buck with the 200GE. This new Pentium doesn't seem like it has much of a market, especially when you can spend $20 more and get the i3-8100.

    Intel hit the jackpot with the $64 G4560 and that was back when the i3 was 2C/4T. I would have liked to see Intel keep the G5620 at the same price as the 4560 and drop the price of the i3 to $100. That would seemingly make their low-end offerings more competitive.
     
  4. bluetooth fairy

    bluetooth fairy TS Booster Posts: 70   +53

    "The 200GE is able to outperform the $119 i3-8100 in some CPU tests"
    .. and you are linking to TechSpot article, where 200GE wasn't even close in any CPU test. How it is?
     
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  5. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 371   +399

    I'll stick with Ryzen 3 2200G for our shop's low end builds. In fact, with DDR4-3000 or higher RAM, and AMD's graphics overclocking utility, they make decent 1080p gaming machines. I'm not paying Intel's currently jacked up prices, so they can make up for revenue lost when they failed to transition to 10-nm nodes.
     
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  6. DPennington

    DPennington TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 88   +32

    You're correct - the test I was looking at was memory bandwidth, I missed that. Aside from that, the 8100 routinely beat the 200GE in CPU benchmarks. Good catch.
     
  7. Adi6293

    Adi6293 TS Addict Posts: 149   +87

    $100!! What are they smoking? You could probably find a Ryzen 5 1400 for that price.......
     
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  8. Toju Mikie

    Toju Mikie TS Booster Posts: 70   +71

    They need to work on their stock if they want this CPU to compete. The G5600 is way over MSRP right now, so it can't even compete
     
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  9. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 562   +246

    Intel being Intel... Acting like the Apple of CPUs.
     
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  10. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 562   +246

    Right now its $150 on Newegg. I would totally go for it in this price bracket.
     
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  11. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 511   +389

    I wouldn't. The R5 2400G is $150 and the R5 2600 is $165. Both are better deals.
     
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  12. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 562   +246

    Didnt see that. Sure it is.
     
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  13. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 695   +949

    $100 would be absurdly bad value for any dual core in 2019, even if it happens to have that headline 4GHz clock speed. I think Zen 2 could move the goalposts from what we expect of a budget CPU soon. 2200G as has been mentioned already exists and is a better buy, especially overclocked.

    I wouldn't be at all surprised to see AMD offer another 4 core CPU for less than $100 at least on par with an i3 8100, but equipped with overclocking ability. 2200G is already close when it is overclocked. So imagine another model at least 15 percent faster than a 2200G right out the box for $90.

    Such a CPU would wipe out most of the Pentium range.
     
  14. Palladium1987

    Palladium1987 TS Member Posts: 29   +21

    These budget CPUs are utterly pointless. For a gaming build the Ryzen 2600 isn't all that expensive of a jump, on the other hand if one just needs a basic office/websurfing box the cheap refurb PCs on Ebay kills a budget CPU new build in specs/price anyway.
     
  15. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 511   +389

    For basic gaming the 2200G is still a good starting option at a much lower total price than a R5 2600 + GPU as it’s quad core with low end but way better than typical IG graphics capabilities.

    You can add a real GPU later and a 6 core 12 thread CPU after that, even on the lowest end B350 mobo.
     
  16. meric

    meric TS Addict Posts: 190   +111

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  17. Gus Fring

    Gus Fring TS Rookie Posts: 17

    [QUOTE="Vulcanproject, post: 1730970, member: 3970
    Such a CPU would wipe out most of the Pentium range.[/QUOTE]
    If by "wipe out" you mean slightly increase their market share ?;)
     
  18. hk2000

    hk2000 TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +18

    Well then, you should go back and fix your article. I know it's become a trend recently to fall head over heals over everything AMD, but not too long ago, it was the other way around. You and other tech reviewers are influencing a lot of people's opinions, you have to be impartial and factual, you were not in this article.
     

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