CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2020M vs 3217U

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

3DMark06 (CPU), Passmark and GeekBench (32-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?

TDP

Features

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Features and specifications that differ between products

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium 2020M

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Intel Pentium 2020M

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Higher clock speed 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
More l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly better performance per dollar 2.69 pt/$ vs 1.58 pt/$ More than 70% better performance per dollar
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,238 vs 879 More than 40% better PassMark (Single core) score
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Marginally newer Sep, 2012 vs Jun, 2012 Release date 3 months later
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Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
More l3 cache 3 MB vs 2 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly lower typical power consumption 13.81W vs 28.44W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum Operating Temperature 105 °C vs 90 °C More than 15% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Better performance per watt 20.85 pt/W vs 10.29 pt/W More than 2x better performance per watt
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year vs 8.43 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium 2020M vs Core i3 3217U

GeekBench

Passmark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 2020M  vs
Core i3 3217U 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
BGA 1023
Is hyperthreaded No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
AVX
SSE3
SSE2
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

gpu

GPU GPU GPU

power consumption

TDP 35W 17W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 4.1 $/year
Performance per watt 10.29 pt/W 20.85 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 13.81W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI 2.0
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Pentium 2020M  vs
Core i3 3217U 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nms 22 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 24 18
Operating temperature Unknown - 90°C Unknown - 105°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3L-1600
DDR3RS-1333
DDR3L-1333
DDR3RS-1600
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
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