Intel’s New Gemini Lake Based Chips Naming Now Official

Intel’s New Gemini Lake Based Chips Naming Now Official

Intel has officially announced the new Apollo Lake successor the Gemini Lake, this new Pentium Silver and Celeron branded SoC’s are what will be powering next years new tech. More than likely we will see the new Celeron N4100 powering almost everything. As this is the direct Celeron N3450 replacement and the Pentium Silver N5000 will replace the N4200 which we rarely saw due to N3450 being the real sweet spot for performance and price.

The new chips bring Gigabit WiFi (2×2 Wifi AC), 200Mhz faster boost clocks over the current Celeron & Pentium Apollo Lakes. 1Mb more cache, 4-way decoding (previous is 3 way). RAM of LPDDR4 2400Mhz and DDR4 2400Mhz so this a big step up in RAM speed and bandwidth or DDR3 1600Mhz. And HDMI 2.0 support. I’m looking forward to testing these and expect an overall step up from the Apollo Lakes by around 15% in real-world use. Intel hasn’t given out much more than this, the chips are officially released today. So expect new Gemini Lake models to be announced in a month or two.

More info & source: Intel

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  1. are these chipset affected by the “meltdown” bug?
    are we going to experience a launche delay in order for the cpu to receive an hardware fix?

  2. I’m wondering if this new chip will be able to properly handle a 2k display + stylus
    thanks to both the quicker ram and the gpu offload

  3. Pentium Silver N5000 for $161 Should we expect $400 plus mobile devices??
    1.1-2.7 GHz 6W iGPU 200-750 MHz

    Also curious about miniPCs with the 10w Celeron J4105.

  4. “The new Gemini Like SoCs feature improved CPU cores over the previous generation, an enhanced media decoding/encoding engine, and a new display pipeline…. On a high level, the Gemini Lake is an evolution of the Apollo Lake launched last year, but under the hood, there is a number of differences that seem important. The relative maturity of fabrication process would be expected to allow Intel to increase transistor budget of the new chip without decreasing yields, thus enabling higher performance and a potentially an improved feature set.”…
    “4 MB of L2 cache, which we believe is a last level unified cache (Intel doesn’t actually confirm this), but is double from the Apollo Lake design.”…”but we don’t expect dramatic increases in performance compared to Apollo Lake across the board. The new SoCs operate at about the same frequencies as their predecessors.”…and they are the same number of cores, same number of Graphic EU’s…
    “It is equipped with Intel’s Gen10 display controller supporting native HDMI 2.0 output as well as the Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (LACE) designed to improve visibility in glare and bright light. So, while graphics performance of Gemini Lake’s iGPU is not higher when compared to the direct predecessor, the revamped media engine, LACE support and the new display pipeline allow Intel to brand it as the UHD Graphics 600-series.”
    “As for memory sub-system, the Gemini Lake SoCs have a 128-bit memory controller that supports DDR4 and LPDDR3/4 at up to 2400 MT/s, but no longer supports DDR3L,”… this will help a little in speed since DDR4 will be mandatory.
    I question if Linux drivers will be available for a while for that recommended Intel ac-9560 but hopefully vendors will stick with the older and perhaps cheaper existing AC NIC’s.

  5. Hopefully these chips will run Linux well and we’ll see a slew of Chromebooks, TV boxes, laptops and tablets with them.

    • Paul, Linux support will depend on the device’ BIOS and if they stick with the Intel 3165-AC wifi chip and don’t use the newly recommended 9560-AC which may not have Linux drivers for a while. Other than that I’m guessing it will work the same as the Celeron N3450 devices do – which work fine provided you install them correctly (ie use the rEFInd boot loader).

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