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Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y

Intel Pentium 6500Y

The Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y is an efficient dual-core SoC for tablets and passively cooled notebooks based on the old Amber Lake generation from 2018. It was announced in Q1 2021 and is basically a Core m3-8100Y with a slightly slower integrated graphics card (one EU deactivated of the 24 EUs).

The CPU consists of two processor cores clocked at 1.1 - 3.4 GHz. Thanks to Hyper Threading, the processor can execute up to four threads simultaneously. The chips also includes the Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU with 23 EUs, a dual-channel memory controller (DDR3L/LPDDR3) as well as VP9 and H.265 video de- and encoder.  Compared to the Kaby Lake-Y predecessors (e.g. Core m3-7Y32), Amber Lake uses the same architecture produced in the improved 14nm+ FinFET process (no 14nm++) but offers higher clock speeds at an increased TDP rating.

Architecture

Intel basically used the familiar micro architecture from the Skylake / Kaby Lake generation, so the per-MHz performance is identical.

Performance

The performance of the Y series is highly depending on the cooling solution of the laptop / tablet and the TDP settings for sustained load. In our tests the old m3-8100Y offered a slightly disappointed performance and was only suited for low demanding tasks (see page of the Intel Core m3-8100Y).

Graphics

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU has 23 of the 24 Execution Units (EUs) like the old HD Graphics 515 and runs with clocks between 300 and 950 MHz in combination with this processor. The performance heavily depends on the TDP limit as well as the memory configuration; with fast LPDDR3-1866 RAM in dual-channel mode, the GPU should sometimes be able to compete with the HD Graphics 520, but can also be much slower in other scenarios. Modern games from 2016 will, if at all, only run smoothly in the lowest settings.

Contrary to Skylake, Kaby Lake and Amber Lake now also supports hardware decoding for H.265/HEVC Main10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured in the old 14 nm+ process with FinFET transistors. The typical TDP for the Amber Lake Y-series is specified at 5 Watts (previous generations were 4.5 Watt), and can be adjusted in both directions depending on the usage scenario (3.5 - 7 Watt configurable).

SeriesIntel Amber Lake
CodenameAmber Lake-Y
Series: Amber Lake Amber Lake-Y
Intel Core i7-8500Y compare1.5 - 4.2 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-8210Y compare1.6 - 3.6 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i5-8200Y compare1.3 - 3.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core i3-10100Y compare1.3 - 3.9 GHz2 / 44 MB
Intel Core m3-8100Y compare1.1 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
» Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y1.1 - 3.4 GHz2 / 44 MB
Clock Rate1100 - 3400 MHz
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)5 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXT
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 615 (300 - 950 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date03/01/2021
Product Link (external)Intel Amber Lake Pentium 6500Y

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Other CPUs of the series Amber Lake

» Intel Core i7-8500Y
   2x 1.5 GHz - 4.2 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8210Y
   2x 1.6 GHz - 3.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-8200Y
   2x 1.3 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core i3-10100Y
   2x 1.3 GHz - 3.9 GHz
» Intel Core m3-8100Y
   2x 1.1 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
   2x 1.1 GHz - 3.4 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
   8x 2.4 GHz
+ Intel Core i3-6100U
   2x 2.3 GHz
+ Intel Core i3-4110M
   2x 2.6 GHz
+ Intel Core m3-7Y32
   2x 1 GHz - 3 GHz
+ Intel Core m3-8100Y
   2x 1.1 GHz - 3.4 GHz
» Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
   2x 1.1 GHz - 3.4 GHz
- AMD FX-9800P
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.6 GHz
- AMD PRO A12-9800B
   4x 2.7 GHz - 3.6 GHz
- Intel Core i5-2450M
   2x 2.5 GHz - 3.1 GHz
- Intel Core i7-3517U
   2x 1.9 GHz - 3 GHz
- Intel Core i7-620M
   2x 2.66 GHz - 3.33 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2021-09-17)