Don’t you miss the “Pentium” range of Intel processors? Well, it was kind of simple to explain to everybody until the “Core i” series replaced it. To make you feel nostalgic, Intel has decided to take you down the memory lane as the Kaby Lake processors are renamed to “Pentium Gold.”
The news broke out this Tuesday when the company issued a Product-Change Notification (PCN) which was released specially for the retail-channel distributors. The PCN said that the 7th generation Pentium “Kaby Lake” desktop processors will be re-branded as Pentium Gold now. The name goes like Pentium Gold brand (PCN #115827-00) and will have an impact on the retail SKUs of:
- Pentium G4560
- Pentium G4620
- Pentium G4600
With Effect From?
The changes will take effect from 2nd of November, 2017 under which the MSDT Pentium dual-core chips will be branded as Pentium Gold. Moreover, the low-power “Gemini Lake” SoCs will now be known as “Pentium Silver.” If you are thinking of some hardware differences between the older and newer generations, there is nothing different except the nomenclature.
You don’t have to worry about updating your BIOS or changing the motherboard as they will run fine on your older 100-series and 200-series chipset motherboards without any compatibility issue. The fact that Kaby Lake Processors won’t be running on the newer 30-series motherboards remains the same for Pentium Gold series.