Intel Pentium Silver N5030

Intel 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 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.


The processor architecture ist 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.


The CPU performance of the Pentium Silver N5030 is thanks to the 400 MHz higher boost clock clearly faster than the old Silver N5000. 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.

SeriesIntel Gemini Lake
CodenameGemini Lake
Series: Gemini Lake Gemini Lake
» Intel Pentium Silver N50302000 - 3100 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4105 (compare)1500 - 2500 MHz4 / 4
Intel Celeron J4005 (compare)2000 - 2700 MHz2 / 2
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (compare)1100 - 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
Clock Rate2000 - 3100 MHz
Level 2 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)6 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature105 °C
FeaturesIntel UHD Graphics 605 (18 EUs, 200 - 750 MHz), Quick Sync, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4/LPDDR4-2400
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 605 (200 - 750 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date11/04/2019


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Other CPUs of the series Intel Gemini Lake

» Intel Gemini Lake N5030
   2 GHz / 4 MB L2
» Intel Gemini Lake J4105
   1.5 GHz / 4 MB L2
» Intel Gemini Lake J4005
   2 GHz / 4 MB L2
» Intel Gemini Lake N5000
   1.1 GHz / 4 MB L2
» Intel Gemini Lake N4120
   1.1 GHz / 4 MB L2
» Intel Gemini Lake N4100
   1.1 GHz / 4 MB L2
» Intel Gemini Lake N4020
   1.1 GHz / 4 MB L2
» Intel Gemini Lake N4000
   1.1 GHz / 4 MB L2

Surrounding CPUs

- Apple Apple A-Series A10X Fusion
   2.39 GHz / 0 MB
- Intel Core i3 6100U
   2.3 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i3 4110M
   2.6 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core m3 7Y32
   1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
» Intel Gemini Lake N5030
   2 GHz / 4 MB L2
+ Intel Gemini Lake J4105
   1.5 GHz / 4096 KB
+ AMD Bristol Ridge FX-9800P
   2.7 GHz / 2048 KB
+ AMD Bristol Ridge PRO A12-9800B
   2.7 GHz / 2048 KB
+ Intel Core i5 2450M
   2.5 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i7 3517U
   1.9 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2019-11- 4)