Celeron and Pentium are coming to an end, at least in the mobile segment

Intel has officially announced that its upcoming 2023 notebook lineup will no longer feature the Celeron and Pentium brands, but all models below the Core series will be branded as “Intel Processor.”

Let us recall that Intel used the Celeron and Pentium brands both for classic processor models with a lower number of cores and for significantly slower Atoms (e.g. Intel Pentium Silver N5030, Intel Celeron Quad Core Processor N5100). Especially those with their labeling and emphasis on quad-cores try to evoke relatively powerful solutions – while in reality they are significantly outperformed by processors with two large cores, often even without HT, depending on the specific comparison. The aforementioned “Quad Core” Celeron N5100 achieves 604 points in CineBench R20, the old Ryzen 3 2200U (12nm Zen+ 2/4) 751 points. It is even 50% more powerful with a single core (309 points versus 201). Ryzen 3 4300U (7nm Zen 2 4/4) is already more than 2x faster in single-core (425 points) and there is no need to worry about multi-core performance.

So if Atoms stop being called Pentiums and Celerons, it will only be to the benefit of the cause. Nevertheless, it probably won’t completely solve the situation when the user sees a laptop with a quad-core processor in the menu, buys it as an upgrade from a five-year-old dual-core laptop, and the new product is, as a result, slower than the original product.

Although Intel officially confirmed the end of the Pentium and Celeron brands only for the mobile segment, the editors of the websites, which are usually well-informed, state either that they “would not be surprised” if the same move happened in other segments (embedded, desktop). Some present such a scenario straight away as a fait accompli with the only note that the change will begin with the mobile segment. It is therefore possible that Intel has indicated that the 30-year-old brand (Pentium was introduced in 1993) needs to be sent into semiconductor retirement. Celeron will also reach its jubilee in 2023, as a brand first used in 1998, it will be 25 years old in the spring.

Source: Diit.cz by diit.cz.

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