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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium B970

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium B970

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Better performance per watt 3.44 pt/W vs 1.82 pt/W Around 90% better performance per watt
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Front view of Intel Core2 Duo E8290

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Intel Core2 Duo E8290

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Much more l2 cache 6 MB vs 1 MB 6x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 6x more l2 cache per core
Higher clock speed 2.83 GHz vs 2.3 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.83 GHz vs 2.32 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly better PassMark (Single core) score 1,248 vs 1,115 More than 10% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.83 GHz vs 2.3 GHz Around 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium B970 vs Core2 Duo E8290

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium B970  vs
Core2 Duo E8290 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 2.83 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
LGA 775

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Pentium B970  vs
Core2 Duo E8290 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 1 MB 6 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 3 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.32 GHz 2.83 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.3 GHz 2.83 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.32 GHz 2.83 GHz

power consumption

TDP 35W 65W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 3.44 pt/W 1.82 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W
Intel Pentium B970
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Intel Core2 Duo E8290
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