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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium D 960

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium D 960

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better geekbench 3 AES single core score 129,900 MB/s vs 101,000 MB/s Around 30% better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Significantly higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.33 GHz vs 2.48 GHz Around 75% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 50% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i3 370M

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Intel Core i3 370M

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 105.63W 3.7x lower typical power consumption
Newer Jun, 2010 vs Apr, 2006 Release date over 4 years later
Better performance per watt 3.12 pt/W vs 0.73 pt/W More than 4.2x better performance per watt
Much lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 3.7x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 3.7x lower annual commercial energy cost
Better performance per dollar 0.46 pt/$ vs 0.3 pt/$ Around 55% better performance per dollar

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium D 960 vs Core i3 370M

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 D 960
129,900 MB/s
Core i3 370M
101,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium D 960  vs
Core i3 370M 
Clock speed 3.6 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
BGA 1288
rPGA 988A

features

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

power consumption

TDP 130W 35W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 0.73 pt/W 3.12 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 28.44W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1

details

Pentium D 960  vs
Core i3 370M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 376,000,000 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 18 18

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.33 GHz 2.48 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz 2.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.33 GHz 2.48 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 500 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 667 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Supports ECC No No
Intel Pentium D 960
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