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Intel Core i5-8200Y vs Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y

Intel Core i5-8200Y

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The Intel Core i5-8200Y is a very efficient dual-core SoC for tablets and passively cooled notebooks based on the Amber Lake generation and was announced on 28th August 2018. The CPU consists of two processor cores clocked at 1.3 - 3.9 GHz. Thanks to Hyper Threading, the processor can execute up to four threads simultaneously. The chips also includes the Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU, 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 i7-7Y75), 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.


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


The performance of the Y series is highly depending on the cooling solution of the laptop / tablet and the TDP settings for sustained load. Therefore, the differences between a Core m3 and a i7 may be rather slim, if the thermals are very limited. The high Turbo clock speeds in Amber Lake should however lead to a very good single thread performance for short bursts.


The integrated Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU has 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 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.

Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y

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The Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y is an energy-efficient, dual-core SoC designed for use in Windows tablets and passively cooled laptops. The Pentium is based on the old Amber Lake architecture that was initially introduced in 2018. The CPU was unveiled in Q1 2021; it is, in fact, not very different from Intel Core m3-8100Y, the only difference between the two being the slightly slower iGPU model (23 EU UHD Graphics 615 vs 24 EU UHD Graphics 615).

The two CPU cores run at 1.1 GHz to 3.4 GHz and are Hyper-Threading-enabled for 4 processing threads in total.


Amber Lake family products are not known to have many improvements compared to the previous Kaby Lake and Skylake processors. They all share nearly the same per-MHz performance and nearly the same set of capabilities. Amber Lake processors do, however, have slightly higher clock speeds in comparison to their immediate predecessors.

Pentium 6500Y has a built-in dual-channel DDR3L-1600/LPDDR3-1866 memory controller as well as several PCI-Express 3.0 lanes for connecting graphics cards, SSDs and other devices. Four PCI-Express 3.0 lanes allow for read/write rates of up to 3.9 GB/s, provided a suitably fast NVMe SSD is used.

Please note this is not a user-replaceable CPU. It is supposed to get soldered permanently on to the motherboard (BGA1515 socket interface).


First things first: This is a low-end CPU. Much like Intel Atom and Intel Celeron processors, it will let you browse the Web, edit spreadsheets and stream YouTube videos, but anything more demanding than that will be a struggle, even if the long-term Power Limit is decently high (> 8 W) and the cooling solution is a good one.

Performance gains over Y-class Kaby Lake and Skylake processors (like a Core m3-6Y30) are marginal at best, whether one is looking at single-thread or multi-thread benchmarks. Generally speaking, Pentium 6500Y is in the same league as AMD's 3020e and 3050e.


The Intel UHD Graphics 615 normally has 24 Execution Units at its disposal but, for reason unbeknownst to us, just 23 EUs are active in the case of this Pentium. The graphics adapter is not much different from the HD Graphics 615 as found in 7th Gen Y-class Intel Core processors. As such, it has no support for SUHD 4320p monitors, nor can it HW-decode AV1, the latest video codec. Just the more usual VP9, AVC and HEVC are supported.

The UHD Graphics runs at 300 MHz to 900 MHz. This is not a GPU that a gamer would be happy with; very poor 3D performance is to be expected because of the thermal constraints (both Core m3-8100Y and Pentium 6500Y were created with thin tablets and ultra-thin laptops in mind) as well as the rather low TDP of the SoC. Most games will not be playable even if set to Lowest quality preset at 720p resolution. The least graphically intensive titles, like Farming Simulator 19, will pose no problem for the iGPU, though.

Power Consumption

The chip is manufactured on the fairly old second-generation 14 nm Intel process marketed as 14 nm+ for fairly unimpressive energy efficiency. Pentium 6500Y has a 5 W default TDP (also known as the PL1), half a watt higher than the immediate predecessors, which makes it more than suitable for use in ultra-thin, passively cooled systems. The value can be reduced to as low as 3.5 W, or increased to as high as 7 W by an OEM if so desired, with clock speeds and performance changing correspondingly as a result.

ModelIntel Core i5-8200YIntel Pentium Gold 6500Y
SeriesIntel Amber LakeIntel Amber Lake
CodenameAmber Lake-YAmber Lake-Y
Series: Amber Lake Amber Lake-Y
Intel Core i7-8500Y compare1.5 - 4.2 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i5-8210Y compare1.6 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i5-8200Y « 1.3 - 3.9 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i3-10100Y compare1.3 - 3.9 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core m3-8100Y compare1.1 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y1.1 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i7-8500Y compare1.5 - 4.2 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i5-8210Y compare1.6 - 3.6 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i5-8200Y1.3 - 3.9 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core i3-10100Y compare1.3 - 3.9 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Core m3-8100Y compare1.1 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y « 1.1 - 3.4 GHz2 / 4 cores4 MB L3
Clock1300 - 3900 MHz1100 - 3400 MHz
L1 Cache128 KB128 KB
L2 Cache512 KB512 KB
L3 Cache4 MB4 MB
Cores / Threads2 / 42 / 4
TDP5 Watt5 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR3L-1600/LPDDR3-1866 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXTDual-Channel DDR3L-1600 / LPDDR3-1866 RAM Controller, Hyper-Threading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, vPro, TXT
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 615 (300 - 950 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 615 (300 - 900 MHz)
ManufacturerIntel Amber Lake Pentium 6500Y


Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
900 Points (39%)
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
1934 Points (7%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
4600 Points (48%)
3647 Points (38%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
7913 Points (9%)
5963 Points (7%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-8200Y → 100% n=2

Average Benchmarks Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y → 77% n=2

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