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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium 730

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium 730

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Significantly more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l2 cache per core
Much lower typical power consumption 21.94W vs 77.19W 3.5x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 6.5 $/year vs 22.89 $/year 3.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 23.65 $/year vs 83.22 $/year 3.5x lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core i5 2500

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Intel Core i5 2500

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2x higher clock speed
More advanced architecture x86-64 vs x86 A 64-bit architecture allows more RAM to be installed and accessed by the processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.7 GHz vs 2.22 GHz More than 65% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Jan, 2005 Release date over 6 years later
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.21 GHz vs 2.77 GHz More than 50% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Features Key features of the Pentium 730  vs Core i5 2500 

clock speed

Pentium 730
1.6 GHz
Core i5 2500
3.3 GHz

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Pentium 730
2.22 GHz
Core i5 2500
3.7 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Pentium 730
2.77 GHz
Core i5 2500
4.21 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 730  vs
Core i5 2500 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Single core Quad core
Socket type
479
LGA 1155

features

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

power consumption

TDP 27W 95W
Annual home energy cost 6.5 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 23.65 $/year 83.22 $/year
Typical power consumption 21.94W 77.19W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1

details

Pentium 730  vs
Core i5 2500 
Architecture x86 x86-64
Threads 1 4
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 12 33

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.22 GHz 3.7 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.77 GHz 4.21 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.22 GHz 3.7 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 850 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Supports ECC No No
Intel Pentium 730
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