CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of B960 vs 3612QE 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

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CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 3612QE 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 3612QE  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium B960

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium B960

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Better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 10% better turbo clock speed
More l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better performance per dollar 0.5 pt/$ vs 0.39 pt/$ Around 30% better performance per dollar
Front view of Intel Core i7 3612QE

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 3612QE

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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
Much better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 148.15 fps vs 15.93 fps More than 9.2x better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
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
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better PassMark score 6,340 vs 1,859 Around 3.5x better PassMark score
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
More threads 8 vs 2 6 more threads
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 105 °C vs 85 °C Around 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,435 vs 1,054 More than 35% better PassMark (Single core) score
More l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 50% more l3 cache per core
Better performance per watt 4.58 pt/W vs 2.98 pt/W Around 55% better performance per watt
Newer Apr, 2012 vs Oct, 2011 Release date 7 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium B960 vs Core i7 3612QE

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium B960
15.93 fps
Core i7 3612QE
148.15 fps

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium B960  vs
Core i7 3612QE 
Clock speed 2.2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
BGA 1023

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 35W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 2.98 pt/W 4.58 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 28.44W

bus

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

details

Pentium B960  vs
Core i7 3612QE 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 8
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 22 21
Operating temperature Unknown - 85°C Unknown - 105°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.2 GHz 2.1 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Number of displays supported 2 3
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 1,000 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 Yes
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,384 MB 16,496.64 MB
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