Intel Pentium Gold steps up to 10nm thanks to a new Tiger Lake-based variant
Intel has quietly introduced the Pentium Gold 7505 for mobile applications. This chipset is probably intended to replace the 6405U from 2019, even if it lacks the "ultra-low-power" suffix. However, it may make up for that with an important specs gain.
The older 6000-series CPU has a 14nm architecture, whereas the new 7505 is based on the 10nm SuperFin process. It also has a number of other Tiger Lake-related advantages, including an upgrade to a 4MB Intel Smart Cache rather than a more standard 2MB, as well as integrated UHD graphics for 11th-gen Intel Processors. It has a maximum speed of 1.25GHz, compared to 950MHz in the 6405's corresponding 10th-gen graphics.
The 7505 still only supports up to 64GB of RAM; however, this memory can now be up to DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-3733, as opposed to DDR4-2400/LPDDR3-2133 in the 6405U. In terms of TDP, Intel has not released all of the new chipset's information; however, it shares a top 15W with its 2019 analog, a level to which it can be set at 2.0GHz. On that note, the max clock here is now 3.5GHz, whereas in terms of the 6405U no such data is given.
The Pentium Gold 7505 is also updated in terms of its maximal monitor resolution. Its integrated flat panel spec remains 4K at 60Hz; however, it now supports 8K at 60Hz over DisplayPort, as well as 4K at 60Hz over HDMI. Finally, and possibly most importantly, it is capable of PCIe Gen 3, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Thunderbolt 4. Intel has yet to release the cost for this package, although it might be around the 6405U's US$161 price.
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