Intel is currently in the midst of an existential crisis. The company is trying hard to redeem their sales; on the other hand, they are committing the same mistakes that led them to their current state. Not to mention, the products, especially their 10th generation of CPU lineup is confusing. The 10th generation originally was supposed to be their formal shift towards the new 10nm manufacturing node. However, they released the 14nm processors alongside the 10nm counterparts, and a typical consumer can’t differentiate between the two.
Now, to further aggravate the problem, they have announced the “lowest end” Pentium and Celeron processors fabricated under the 14nm process. Anandtech spotted these chips and reports that these are likely binned chips since these do no fulfill Intel’s hierarchy criteria. Being U series processors, these are intended for mobile use only. Realistically speaking, we highly doubt their availability in Chromebooks, let alone Windows machines.
The Celeron 5205U CPU comes with a dual-core processor without hyperthreading. It means users will only be getting two threads, and it will significantly limit the multitasking capabilities. It has a base clock speed of 1.9GHz and only 2MB of L3 cache. The boost clock speeds are not quoted here since the Pentium and Celeron processors do not support Intel’s turbo boost technology. The most crucial factor is the use of the PCIe Gen 2.0 interface, while the competition has shifted all of its lineups to the current PCIe 4.0 interface. It only supports DDR4 memory up to 2400MHz, so memory overclocking is out of the question. Lastly, the processor will hit your wallet at $107, in a world where a quad-core Ryzen 3 3200G costs only $99. The standing of the Celeron 5205U at $107 is questionable.
The Pentium Gold 6405U supports hyperthreading on both of its cores. Everything else except the base clock speed, which is 2.4GHz in this case, is the same as what you will get from the Celeron 5205U processor. The processor has an MSRP of $161, which is again at the higher side.