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Gemini Lake Refresh: Up to 3.2 GHz on a quad-core 10 W CPU?

The refreshed 14 nm series should arrive by early next year. (Image source: eTeknix)
The refreshed 14 nm series should arrive by early next year. (Image source: eTeknix)
The Gemini Lake Refresh series will feature at least six processors, all of which will be substantially higher clocked versions of the 14 nm Goldmont Plus chips that preceded them. The 6-10 W processors arrive in Q1 2020 at the earliest.

With the internet abuzz with all things Comet Lake and Ice Lake, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is all Intel had planned for the next few months. However, the company is planning a refresh of its Gemini Lake processors too, something which got overlooked when Tweakers posted two Intel CPU roadmaps earlier this year.

Gemini Lake is one of Intel's low-powered chipsets, with TDPs ranging from 6 W for mobile processors to 10 W for desktop variants. The series is divided between Pentium Silver and Celeron chips, with the former being quad-core and the latter being dual-core. The current flagship mobile processor is the Pentium Silver N5000, which we have tested in the Acer Aspire 1 A114-32 and Lenovo IdeaPad D330-10IGM.

Now, FanlessTech has received information that Gemini Lake Refresh will essentially be a higher-clocked version of Gemini Lake, with Intel continuing to manufacture the series on its 14 nm Goldmont Plus architecture. Moreover, Gemini Lake Refresh Pentium Silver chips will have Intel UHD Graphics 605 GPUs like their predecessors, as will their Celeron counterparts with UHD Graphics 600. Below is an outline of how Gemini Lake Refresh will look:

Device Type Cores/Theads Branding Model GPU TDP L2 cache
Desktop 4/4 Pentium Silver J5040 Intel UHD Graphics 605 10 W 4 MB
Desktop 4/4 Celeron J4125 Intel UHD Graphics 605 10 W 4 MB
Desktop 4/4 Celeron J4025 Intel UHD Graphics 605 10 W 4 MB
Mobile 4/4 Pentium Silver N5030 Intel UHD Graphics 600 6 W 4 MB
Mobile 4/4 Celeron N4120 Intel UHD Graphics 600 6 W 4 MB
Mobile 4/4 Celeron N4020 Intel UHD Graphics 600 6 W 4 MB

Clock speeds are currently unknown for all but the J5040, which FanlessTech claims will have a 2.0 GHz base clock that it can increase up to 3.2 GHz if needed. These values represent a 500 MHz base clock and 400 MHz boost clock increase over the Pentium Silver J5005, so we would not be surprised to see Intel replicate with the rest of the Gemini Lake Refresh series. Expect to see Gemini Lake Refresh appearing in passively cooled desktops and laptops in early 2020.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-08- 7 (Update: 2019-08- 7)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.