Pentium – Still Intel’s Most Popular Desktop Processor

Vast Majority of Intel’s Desktop Chips Still Carry Pentium Brand

by Anton Shilov
02/11/2010 | 12:52 PM

Intel Corp. introduced the very first Pentium processor on the 22nd of March, 1993, almost seventeen years ago. Since then Intel has introduced Atom, Celeron and Core brands for desktop central processing units (CPUs); nevertheless, Pentium-branded chips are still the most popular microprocessors for desktops from Intel.


According to documents seen by X-bit labs, Intel Pentium-branded processors will account for roughly 42% - 43% of Intel’s desktop chips volume in 2010. In particular, the highest volume processors that Intel plans to sell this year will be dual-core Pentium E5000- and E6000-series microprocessors based on the Core 2 micro-architecture that will account for about 40% of total desktop volume.

The share of Intel Core i7 products, including Bloomfield, Gulftown and Lynnfield chips, will be about 6% throughout the rest of the year, whereas the share of mainstream Core i5 and Core i3 central processing units will gradually increase as they will replace Core 2 Duo processors. It is noteworthy that in the entry-level space Atom processors 400- and 500-series will account for approximately 8% by the end of the year in the fourth quarter.

Intel did not comment on the volume report.

Intel Pentium processor has come a long way and changed six micro-architectures during the years: the original Pentium processor was based on the P5; Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium M and Core chips were powered by the P6; Pentium 4 and Pentium D featured infamous Netburst micro-architecture; Pentium dual-core processors were based on the Conroe/Penryn micro-architecture and the latest Pentium G9650 features Nehalem micro-architecture.

But the era of Pentium is coming to the end. Already now Intel Core processors account for approximately 42% of Intel’s desktop volume. Next year Core will become Intel’s best-selling CPU brand.