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What is an Intel Pentium Processor

What is an Intel® Pentium® Processor?

Dwight Pavlovic
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Since 1993, Intel® Pentium® processors have played a big role in the company’s product line. The technology powering those processors has changed dramatically since the launch of early versions like Pentium Pro, Pentium II, and Overdrive. While they no longer rank as Intel’s top-tier processor, today’s Pentium processors remain powerful.
In this article, we’ll look specifically at the Pentium line of processors, particularly the Gold and Silver variants, while explaining why you need to know about this notable piece of tech.

Pentium processor’s key advantages

While you may have first encountered these processors on a desktop, the latest Pentium-powered devices are high-efficiency and often portable.

Balanced cost and performance

Intel Pentium processor speed represents a serious boost for mobile users, which helps balance costs and performance in laptops, tablets, and convertible 2-in-1 models. On a compact device that may be optimized for cloud computing, Pentium guarantees solid baseline performance and an accessible price point.

Lower energy consumption

Most Intel Pentium computers are designed for efficiency and are often recognized for their reduced energy consumption. For example, ENERGY STAR® or EPEAT® recognize all of the devices in this article. Some even incorporate recycled ocean-bound plastics during manufacturing.

Pentium Silver and Gold

The current generation of Pentium-branded hardware is divided into two types: Silver and Gold. Both processors offer advantages in their product categories, and each is associated with slightly different user routines.

Pentium Silver

Pentium Silver-powered devices are typically built for cloud computing, online use, and collaboration. This processor also works perfectly for Chromebooks and tablets, providing strong local performance and efficient online interactions. You’ll frequently see Silver alongside the Chrome OS in tablets, laptops, and other models.

Pentium Gold

Pentium Gold is the more common variety and provides an even bigger performance boost than Silver. According to Intel’s processor guide, devices with Gold are primarily intended for “everyday computing.” This can result in a slightly more expensive device, but it’s because you’re getting more power.

HP Pentium laptops

With an HP Pentium laptop, you can speed through projects online and count on your device to work well, even away from a connection. Let’s look at two standout options, or you can browse HP’s entire Pentium laptop selection.

HP Chromebook x360 14b-cb0097nr

HP Chromebook x360 14b-cb0097nr
The HP Chromebook x360 14b-cb0097nr is powered by an Intel Pentium quad-core processor from the Silver line. It features integrated UHD Graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB eMMC for local storage. Paired with the Chrome OS and a convenient USB Type-C® port, this device is built for both work and home use.
This Chromebook is also one of HP’s x360 models. It features a full keyboard for easy typing, or you can fold the display back to use it as a conventional tablet.
The micro-edge touch display is a true perk in either mode, and 13.5 hours of battery life makes it perfect for on-the-go use.
The 14-inch Chromebook even includes HP Dual Speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen and a dual array microphone for streaming and collaboration.
Key Features:
  • Intel Pentium Silver processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB eMMC storage
  • 2-in-1 convertible design

HP Tablet 11-be0097nr

HP Tablet 11-be0097nr
Do you need a high-powered and portable mobile device? Look no further than the HP Tablet 11-be0097nr. It weighs only 1.32 lbs and features Intel’s Pentium Silver processor. It may be compact and lightweight, but the HP Tablet 11 boasts many of the same features of a standard Intel Pentium laptop.
This device comes with 8GB of RAM and a speedy 128GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 solid-state drive (SSD). With those specs, you’ll enjoy a fast startup and speedy response times. Plus, the fingerprint reader delivers extra security when you’re out and about.
The edge-to-edge glass makes for seamless interactions, and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5™ provides even more confidence when you have to leave the safety of your couch or office.
The HP Tablet 11 is built for busy households, offices, or anyone using an online connection, with support for an MU-MIMO router so you can maximize efficiency.
Key Features:
  • Intel Pentium Silver processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD storage
  • MU-MIMO router support

HP Pentium Desktops

The HP Pentium desktop selection is equally suited for a range of routines and designed for efficiency. Our picks include one model with Chrome OS as well as a more compact, slim form factor PC for small office spaces and easy portability.

HP Slim Desktop S01-aF1005t PC

HP Slim Desktop S01-aF1005t PC
With a built-in optical drive and an extremely compact build, the HP Slim Desktop S01-aF1005t PC is the definition of good things in a small package. It’s equipped with an Intel Pentium Silver J5040 processor, UHD integrated graphics, and 8GBs of RAM. But where it really sets itself apart from other laptops with Pentium is storage, offering a hybrid configuration with both a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and 1TB SATA.
The slim form factor means you can fit this device into small or more unconventional workspaces. Measuring just 3.74-inches wide, it’s unobtrusive enough to store just about anywhere. You can also move it around easily because it weighs a mere 6.66 lbs.
The ports are plentiful, too, with 6 USB connections so you can connect all of your favorite peripherals. Even better, this PC has front access, which means you won’t fumble around the back of the tower when it’s time to hook everything up. You can also set up a dual monitor display with available VGA and HDMI ports, making this desktop perfect for spreadsheet crunchers or people who prefer extra screen real estate.
Key Features:
  • Intel Pentium Silver J5040 processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD + 1TB SATA storage
  • Compact design

HP Chromebase All-in-One 22 - aa0050t

HP Chromebase All-in-One 22 - aa0050t
With an Intel Pentium Gold 6405U processor, the HP Chromebase All-in-One 22 - aa0050t offers a higher bar for performance while maintaining a compact design. As an all-in-one PC, it combines the display and its hardware into a single unit to save lots of space. And did we mention how striking it is? You’ll love how clean and sharp it will look on any desk.
You can customize the HP Chromebase to meet your needs at checkout. You have several choices when it comes to RAM, topping out at a maximum of 16GB. It also starts with a 128GB SSD, which you can upgrade to 256GB. You can even pay a bit more for the Intel Pentium dual-core i3 processor if you need the additional power.
The HP Chromebase features a USB Type-C port, 2 USB Type-A ports, and an adjustable/rotating screen. It also boasts dual 5W speakers built into the base, with audio tuning by Bang & Olufsen for enjoying your favorite tunes and hearing everyone clearly on your next conference call.
Key Features:
  • Intel Pentium Gold 6405U processor
  • Up to 16GB of RAM
  • 128 or 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD storage
  • All-in-one style desktop

Summary

While you won’t find clock speeds as high as a dual-core i5 or a quad-core i7 processor from Intel, Pentium’s Silver and Gold processors aren’t built for that type of functionality. They instead deliver an impressive balance of performance with budget-friendly prices.
You’ll find these processors in PCs and laptops priced below $500, with some higher-tier options in the $500 to $600 range. They also have the advantage of energy efficiency, meaning your energy bill and the environment will benefit from one of these devices.
For portability, the HP Chromebook x360 14 provides a versatile x360 configuration, perfect for multiple use scenarios. And the HP Tablet 11 is even lighter, with a high-res camera and detachable magnetic keyboard.
For even better local performance and more customization options, consider one of the desktops. The HP Slim Desktop S01 is compact and offers hybrid storage in addition to its Intel Pentium Silver J5040 processor. Or, prioritize performance with the HP Chromebase All-in-One 22, featuring high RAM capacity (up to 16GB) and an Intel Pentium Gold 6405U processor.
About the Author: Dwight Pavlovic is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Dwight is a music and technology writer based out of West Virginia.

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