CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2020M vs 3210M


Benchmark performance using all cores

3DMark06 (CPU), PassMark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?



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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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Newer Sep, 2012 vs Jun, 2012 Release date 3 months later
Front view of Intel Core i5 3210M

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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
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 90 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 3,553 vs 2,449 More than 45% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Better PassMark score 3,823 vs 2,317 Around 65% better PassMark score
Better geekbench (32-bit) score 4,949 vs 3,156 More than 55% better geekbench (32-bit) score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,524 vs 1,238 Around 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.89 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better performance per dollar 3.36 pt/$ vs 2.48 pt/$ More than 35% better performance per dollar

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium 2020M vs Core i5 3210M

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs


3D Mark 06 (CPU)

PassMark Data courtesy PassMark

PassMark (Single Core) Data courtesy PassMark

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Pentium 2020M  vs
Core i5 3210M 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 35W 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Performance per watt 9.48 pt/W 13.46 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W


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


Pentium 2020M  vs
Core i5 3210M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 24 25
Operating temperature Unknown - 90°C Unknown - 105°C


Overclocked clock speed 2.4 GHz 2.89 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.4 GHz 2.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.4 GHz 2.89 GHz

integrated graphics

Label HD Graphics HD 4000
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
Intel Pentium 2020M
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core i5 is better dear CPUboss !!
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