CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of B950 vs 3550 among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 3550 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 3550  based on its performance, single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium B950

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium B950

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Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 111.75W 3.9x lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 85 °C vs 67.4 °C More than 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 40.21 $/year 4.8x lower annual home energy cost
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 110.38 $/year 3.6x lower annual commercial energy cost
Better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 19.45 fps vs -1 fps Around 2050% better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Front view of Intel Core i5 3550

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Intel Core i5 3550

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 55% higher clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 2.39 pt/$ vs 0.74 pt/$ Around 3.2x better performance per dollar
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
More l3 cache 6 MB vs 2 MB 3x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,973 vs 989 Around 2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.85 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 85% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better PassMark score 6,886 vs 1,717 More than 4x better PassMark score
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Better turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 1,100 MHz Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Better performance per watt 4.48 pt/W vs 2.84 pt/W Around 60% better performance per watt
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.39 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Apr, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium B950 vs Core i5 3550

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium B950
19.45 fps
Core i5 3550
-1 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Pentium B950
103,500 MB/s
Core i5 3550
2,530,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Pentium B950
5,282
Core i5 3550
10,728

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium B950  vs
Core i5 3550 
Clock speed 2.1 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
rPGA 988A
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 35W 77W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 40.21 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 110.38 $/year
Performance per watt 2.84 pt/W 4.48 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 111.75W

bus

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

details

Pentium B950  vs
Core i5 3550 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 21 33
Operating temperature Unknown - 85°C Unknown - 67.4°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.1 GHz 3.85 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.1 GHz 3.39 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 798.1 2,349.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.1 GHz 3.85 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Number of displays supported 2 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 1,150 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB 32,768 MB
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