Intel Core i3-7100U vs Intel Pentium Silver N5000

Intel Core i3-7100U

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The Intel Core i3-7100U is a dual-core processor of the Kaby Lake architecture. It offers two CPU cores clocked at 2.4 GHz (without Turbo Boost) and integrates HyperThreading to work with up to 4 threads at once. The architectural differences are rather small compared to the Skylake generation, therefore the performance per MHz should be very similar. The SoC includes a dual channel DDR4 memory controller and Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card (clocked at 300 - 1000 MHz). It is manufactured in an improved 14nm FinFET process at Intel. Compare to the old Skylake Core i3-6100U, the i3-7100U offers a 100 MHz improved clock speed.

 Architecture

Intel basically uses the same micro architecture compared to Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ. The manufacturer only reworked the Speed Shift technology for faster dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks, and the improved 14nm process allows much higher frequencies combined with better efficiency than before.

Intel Pentium Silver N5000

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The Intel Pentium Silver N5000 is a quad-core SoC primarily for inexpensive notebooks and was announced late 2017. It runs at 1.1-2.7 GHz (Single Core Burst, Multi Core Burst max. 2.6 GHz) and is based on the Gemini Lake platform. Similar to the Apollo Lake predecessor, the chip is manufactured in a 14 nm process with FinFETs but offers slightly improved processor cores, double the amount of L2 cache, a smaller package, a new generation of monitor outputs (Gen 10) and a partly integrated WiFi chip. Besides four CPU cores, the chip also includes a DirectX 12 capable GPU as well as a DDR4/LPDDR4 memory controller (dual-channel, up to 2400 MHz). The SoC is not replaceable as it is directly soldered to the mainboard.

Architecture

The processor architecture was slightly reworked and is now called Goldmont Plus. It features an increased level 2 cache (to 4 MB). That means the per-clock-performance should be a bit better, but not near the Core CPUs like Kaby Lake Y.

Performance

The CPU performance of the Pentium Silver N5000 is thanks to the slightly revised CPU architecture and the 200 MHz higher boost clock slightly better than the old Pentium N4200 (1.1 - 2.5 GHz). Compared to the more expensive Core Y processors, especially the single thread performance is much lower in the Gemini Lake based SoCs. Still for basic tasks like office suits, webbrowsing with moderate multitasking the processor performance should be fine.

GPU Performance

The UHD Graphics 605 (Gemini Lake) is based on Intel's Gen9 architecture, which supports DirectX 12 and is also used for the Kaby Lake / Skylake / Apollo Lake graphics adapters (like HD Graphics 520). Equipped with 18 EUs and a clock of up to 750 MHz, the performance should be roughly on par with the older HD Graphics 5300 and HD Graphics 505 (Apollo Lake).

The chip also includes an advanced video engine with hardware support for the playback of VP9 and H.265 material (8-bit color-depth).

Power Consumption

Similar to the predecessor, Intel specifies the TDP with 6 Watts (SDP 4.8 Watts – Scenario Design Power). The chip can therefore be cooled passively in theory, but SKUs with fans are possible as well.

Intel Core i3-7100UIntel Pentium Silver N5000
Intel Core i3Intel Gemini Lake
Kaby LakeGemini Lake
: Gemini Lake Gemini Lake
Intel Core i3-7100H (compare)3000 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7167U (compare)2800 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7130U (compare)2700 MHz2 / 43 MB
» Intel Core i3-7100U2400 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Core i3-7020U (compare)2300 MHz2 / 43 MB
Intel Pentium Silver N5030 (compare)2000 - 3100 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4105 (compare)1500 - 2500 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4005 (compare)2000 - 2700 MHz2 / 2
» Intel Pentium Silver N50001100 - 2700 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron N4120 (compare)1100 - 2600 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron N4100 (compare)1100 - 2400 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron N4020 (compare)1100 - 2800 MHz2 / 2
Intel Celeron N4000 (compare)1100 - 2600 MHz2 / 2
2400 MHz1100 - 2700 MHz
128 KB
512 KB4 MB
3 MB
2 / 44 / 4
15 6
14 14
100 °C105 °C
BGA1356FCBGA1090
Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIIntel UHD Graphics 605 (18 EUs, 200 - 750 MHz), Quick Sync, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR4-2400
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 620 (300 - 1000 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 605 (200 - 750 MHz)
$281 U.S.$161 U.S.
Intel Core i3 7100UIntel Gemini Lake N5000

Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
min: 167     avg: 170     median: 170 (33%)     max: 173 Points
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
min: 424     avg: 469     median: 484 (5%)     max: 500 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 256     avg: 257     median: 256.5 (6%)     max: 260 Points
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min: 210     avg: 241     median: 237 (5%)     max: 284 Points
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 86     avg: 94.3     median: 95 (44%)     max: 100 Points
min: 73     avg: 77.5     median: 78 (36%)     max: 80 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
2.9 Points (7%)
2.8 Points (7%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
1 Points (42%)
0.9 Points (38%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 3871     avg: 3874     median: 3874 (40%)     max: 3877 Points
min: 2260     avg: 2292     median: 2295 (24%)     max: 2310 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 8718     avg: 8758     median: 8757.5 (15%)     max: 8797 Points
min: 5730     avg: 6794     median: 6688 (11%)     max: 8195 Points
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
min: 635.07     avg: 640     median: 639.8 (8%)     max: 644.6 seconds
645 seconds (8%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
min: 20.195     avg: 20.2     median: 20.2 (4%)     max: 20.3 seconds
16.8 seconds (3%)
WinRAR - Result
1245 KB/s (15%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
15.4 fps (10%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
76.3 fps (27%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (10%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
1.9 GB/s (10%)
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean *
1.5 sec (33%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 3247     avg: 3320     median: 3320 (22%)     max: 3393 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 14.056     avg: 14.9     median: 14.9 (3%)     max: 15.8 Seconds
24.2 Seconds (5%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 31.637     avg: 34     median: 34 (1%)     max: 36.3 Seconds
56.3 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 712.173     avg: 765     median: 764.9 (3%)     max: 817.6 Seconds
1319 Seconds (6%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
5882 Points (8%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 3121     avg: 3357     median: 3428 (17%)     max: 3595 points
min: 2330     avg: 2641     median: 2644.5 (13%)     max: 2969 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 19210     avg: 25168     median: 25167.5 (16%)     max: 31125 Points
min: 24195     avg: 25128     median: 24695 (16%)     max: 26493 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
19308 Points (23%)
min: 24199     avg: 24660     median: 24279 (29%)     max: 25501 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
21164 Points (24%)
min: 26948     avg: 32002     median: 30593 (35%)     max: 38156 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 2366     avg: 2620     median: 2729 (7%)     max: 2765 Points
min: 2141     avg: 2370     median: 2336 (6%)     max: 2873 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 3845     avg: 3885     median: 3885 (13%)     max: 3925 Points
min: 3193     avg: 3601     median: 3477 (12%)     max: 4263 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
3759 Points (30%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
2847 Points (26%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
4823 Points (9%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
6247 Points (13%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
4819 Points (13%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
5136 Points (9%)
min: 5045     avg: 5523     median: 5547.5 (10%)     max: 5868 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
2340 Points (48%)
min: 1707     avg: 1781     median: 1777.5 (37%)     max: 1876 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5789 Points (9%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1850 Points (38%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
2947 Points (47%)
min: 2009     avg: 2046     median: 2045 (32%)     max: 2084 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5636 Points (16%)
min: 5211     avg: 5460     median: 5488 (15%)     max: 5654 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3016 Points (48%)
min: 1975     avg: 2027     median: 2027 (32%)     max: 2054 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5895 Points (10%)
min: 5467     avg: 5841     median: 5790 (10%)     max: 6202 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
1528 ms (3%)
min: 2783.8     avg: 2830     median: 2832.5 (5%)     max: 2871.2 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
341 ms (4%)
195 ms (2%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
24098 Points (46%)
min: 13075     avg: 13480     median: 13121 (25%)     max: 14601 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i3-7100U → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Pentium Silver N5000 → 95%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)