The Intel Pentium Silver N6005 is a quad-core SoC (system on a chip) that was announced in early 2021. It is part of the Jasper Lake series and is intended for low-cost desktop computers. The N6005 offers improved performance over its predecessor, the Pentium N5030, but is still geared towards basic computing tasks.
CPU Architecture: Tremont
The N6005 features a new processor architecture called Tremont, which is a complete redesign compared to the old Golmont Plus cores in the N5030. Intel promises a 30% improvement in single-thread performance for the new cores.
Features and Integration
In addition to the quad-core CPU, the N6005 integrates a 32 EU Intel UHD Graphics GPU, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes, 14 USB 2.0/3.2 ports, and two SATA 6.0 ports. The chip also includes a dual-channel LPDDR4(x) memory controller that supports up to 16 GB and 2933 MHz. The chip is soldered directly to the mainboard and cannot be easily replaced.
While the new CPU architecture should provide improved performance compared to the N5030, it still lags behind the more modern Core processors of the Tiger Lake generation. The N6005 is ideal for basic computing tasks such as office work and web browsing with moderate multitasking.
Intel specifies the TDP (thermal design power) for the N6005 as 10 Watts, which is an increase from the 6 W TDP of the N6000. The chip can be cooled passively, but there may also be SKUs with fans available.
The Intel Pentium Silver N6005 is a solid choice for those looking for a low-cost desktop computer for basic computing tasks. Its improved performance over its predecessor and integration of various features make it a well-rounded option for those on a budget.