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Intel Pentium Silver N5030

Intel Pentium N5030

The Intel Pentium Silver N5030 is a quad-core SoC primarily for inexpensive notebooks and was announced late 2019. It runs at 1.1-3.1 GHz (Single Core Burst) and is based on the Gemini Lake platform. The 5030 is the refresh of the older Pentium 5000 and offers a 400 MHz higher Boost clock. 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 better GPU architecture and a partly integrated WiFi support. 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 is still called Goldmont Plus. Compared to the older Goldmont cores in Apollo Lake, they feature 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 average N5030 in our database proves unable to beat the AMD 3020e, an entry-level dual-core CPU of similar power efficiency, in multi-thread performance, rendering the Pentium a poor option for anything but the most basic day-to-day activities, as of late 2022.

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

Like most N-class Intel chips, the Pentium has a default TDP, also known as the long-term power limit, of 6 W. This is low and thus good enough for passively cooled tablets, laptops, mini-PCs and handhelds.

The Intel Pentium N5030 is built with one of the old 14 nm Intel processes making for poor, as of early 2023, energy efficiency.

SeriesIntel Gemini Lake
CodenameGemini Lake Refresh

Series: Gemini Lake Gemini Lake Refresh

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Intel Pentium Silver N5030 « 1.1 - 3.1 GHz4 / 4 cores
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Clock Rate1100 - 3100 MHz
Level 2 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)6 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature105 °C
SocketBGA1090
FeaturesDDR4-2400/LPDDR4-2400 RAM, PCIe 2, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, VMX, SMEP, SMAP, MPX, EIST, TM1, TM2, Turbo, AES-NI, RDRAND, RDSEED, SHA, SGX
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 605 (200 - 750 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date11/04/2019
Product Link (external)ark.intel.com

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
17.6 pt (24%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 171     avg: 182.5     median: 182.5 (20%)     max: 194 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 360     avg: 425.5     median: 425.5 (1%)     max: 491 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 203     avg: 226     median: 226 (1%)     max: 248.9 Points
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7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 2555     avg: 2645     median: 2645 (32%)     max: 2735 MIPS
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
0.7 fps (1%)
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Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 3319     avg: 3450     median: 3449.5 (24%)     max: 3580 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 1.402     avg: 1.4     median: 1.4 (31%)     max: 1.473 sec
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 2326     avg: 2377     median: 2377 (6%)     max: 2428 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 26682     avg: 31360     median: 31360 (26%)     max: 36038 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 2155     avg: 2183     median: 2182.5 (6%)     max: 2210 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 3014     avg: 3209     median: 3209 (6%)     max: 3404 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 431     avg: 491.7     median: 512 (22%)     max: 532 points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 1039     avg: 1263     median: 1221 (2%)     max: 1529 points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 1914     avg: 2410     median: 2170 (3%)     max: 3145 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 21894     avg: 21899     median: 21899 (20%)     max: 21904 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 91.3     avg: 100.9     median: 95.4 (20%)     max: 116 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 9.09     avg: 9.8     median: 9.8 (2%)     max: 10.5 Watt
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Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 7.98     avg: 8.8     median: 8.8 (2%)     max: 9.6 Watt
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
4.6 Watt (5%)
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Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
min: 25.4     avg: 25.7     median: 25.7 (19%)     max: 25.9 Points per Watt
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