Intel Pentium Silver N5030 Entry-Level Laptop CPU

The Intel Pentium Silver N5030 is one of the budget-class laptop processors. Although it is an entry-level chip and not as fast as those from the widely used Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 U series, the Pentium Silver N5030 provides satisfactory performance for the routine home and office computing tasks. It also has a lower power consumption of only 6 Watts, as opposed to 15 Watts of the Core U series.

As for gaming potential, the processor features the Intel UHD 605 integrated graphics. It enables only very basic 3D gaming.

Intel Pentium Silver N5030 Benchmark

Intel Pentium Silver N5030 Benchmark

Note: The benchmark scores of the listed processors are averages measured across various devices with these processors. The scores and real-world performance of the Intel Pentium Silver N5030 and compared CPUs may vary depending on the notebooks' other components, settings, cooling, and other factors. However, the benchmark results are good indicators of the processors' performance.

Specifications of the Intel Pentium Silver N5030

Here's the specs sheet of the Intel Pentium Silver N5030:

Processor Name Intel Pentium Silver N5030
CPU Family Intel Pentium "Gemini Lake" Refresh
Number of Cores Quad-core / 1 computing thread per core
CPU Clock Speed 1.1 - 3.1 GHz

1.8 GHz
Cache Size 4MB
Memory Support DDR4 (2400 MHz max. speed)
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD 605
Power Consumption 6W
Production Technology 14-nanometer
Notable Technologies Intel QuickSync Video (speeds up conversion of video files)

Virtualization - allows the processor to run multiple operating systems simultaneously using virtual platforms
Typical Use Affordable laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
Year of Release 2019

Published on May 10, 2020

User Reviews and Q&A on the Intel Pentium Silver N5030

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  1. Question

    chen

    is it suitable for gaming and watch movies?

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    • Shaun

      I can play most Android games with decent frame rates on a Chrome OS. As for Windows AAA titles, I wouldn’t count this CPU being suitable for low detail settings on many titles. It is generally OK for basic 3D gaming.

      As for watching movies, this CPU is more than capable of playing back 4k videos on Youtube. I suspect this means it will handle playing 4k in other apps/sites as well. Not only that but 4k playback is very snappy Internet speeds being the only limiting factor if any (depending on your Internet package).

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    • Shaun

      I can play most Android games with decent frame rates on a Chrome OS. As for Windows AAA titles, I wouldn’t count this CPU being suitable for low detail settings on many titles. It is generally OK for basic 3D gaming.

      As for watching movies, this CPU is more than capable of playing back 4k videos on Youtube. I suspect this means it will handle playing 4k in other apps/sites as well. Not only that but 4k playback is very snappy with Internet speeds being the only limiting factor if any (depending on your Internet package).

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  2. Question

    Dhananjaya

    Do we need cooling fan to cooling down n5030 or heat sink enough without fan?

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    • Shaun

      I noticed my Chromebook with the n5030 was getting close to 80 Celsius with steam and web browser running in mostly idle states. I ran a stress test while playing a YouTube video and shaking windows around on the screen to see how hot I could get it. The highest temperature I saw was 89 Celsius in a 3-4 min duration. So yeah, I’d say you might want a cooling pad if you plan on using your device on you lap for long periods of time (unless the provided cooling solution is already adequate). Additionally, I believe the temperatures i am getting should be safe for the CPU but I could only guess the effect that heat has on a battery’s lifespan. In case you are unaware of how to check your temperatures:

      If You’re Using Windows:
      Download CoreTemp
      https://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/
      then install and open the software. You will see the temperatures of each individual core in your system plus additional details. Minimising CoreTemp will display the temps in the lower right of the taskbar.

      If you are using a Chromebook:
      Open Settings on your Chromebook (click on the time on the bottom right. Then click on the settings(cogwheel) icon.) Ensure this window is maximized then scroll down to extreme the bottom on the left pane. Click “About Chrome OS”. Then click “Diagnostics.”
      Scroll down on next screen to see the CPU temperature.

      If you are using Linux, I’m not the best source of info for that.

      Anyway, hope this helps.

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