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Intel launches the Tiger Lake Celeron 6000 series

Celeron goes Tiger Lake. (Source: Intel)
Celeron goes Tiger Lake. (Source: Intel)
Intel's latest Celeron 6305 and 6305E processors have a number of up-to-date features and specs that may make devices based on them particularly worthy of consideration. There may have a lower base clock here compared to its immediate forebear, but it also supports double the cache, as well as faster memory and graphics. And, of course, Thunderbolt 4 is here in these newer models.

Intel is carrying on its mission to update lower-end processors with new Tiger Lake variants with the Celeron 6305, which also has an embedded counterpart with virtually identical specs. This mobile chipset is probably most comparable to the 5305U that launched earlier in 2020, but has some potentially compelling upgrades over that Comet Lake-based variant.

They obviously begin with this new dual-core Celeron 6000 series being the first to rock the 10nm SuperFin process. Then again, its effective base clock is 1.8GHz (at which a 15W TDP is possible), compared to 2.3GHz in the 5305U. However, the newer models have improved 11th-gen integrated UHD graphics, and has a Smart Cache of 4MB (twice that of its predecessor).

Unlike the Celeron 5305U, the 6305 can drive up to 8K/60Hz monitors over DisplayPort, and also supports 4K/60Hz over HDMI and on integrated panels. There is still no Turbo Boost here; however, the new Celerons have been kitted out with the Intel Deep Learning Boost, Gaussian and Neural Accelerator 2.0 and Volume Management Device technology that was inapplicable in the previous generation.

Intel Smart Sound Technology, High Definition Audio and MIPI SoundWire is also exclusive to new Tiger Lake-based Celeron x305 chips. This means that devices based on them may be more likely to support up-to-date AI and processing features while also having potentially better sound. On that note, Intel Wake on Voice is also available to this series, indicating scope for voice commands in the low- to mid-range laptops of the future.

The new mobile and embedded Celerons also support with PCIe Gen 3 and Thunderbolt 4, thus proving another example of better lower-end computing through Tiger Lake. Then again, they lack pricing at the moment; for reference, the 5305U has an estimated cost of US$107.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-10-17 (Update: 2020-10-21)