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Front view of Intel Pentium D 970

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium D 970

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 0.5 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly higher clock speed 3.8 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 45% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 8x more l2 cache per core
Front view of Intel Core i5 3230M

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Intel Core i5 3230M

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads

Features Key features of the Pentium D 970  vs Core i5 3230M 

clock speed

Pentium D 970
3.8 GHz
Core i5 3230M
2.6 GHz

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium D 970  vs
Core i5 3230M 
Clock speed 3.8 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
rPGA 988B

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES

details

Pentium D 970  vs
Core i5 3230M 
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 4 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 22 nm

power consumption

Typical power consumption N/A 28.44W
Intel Pentium D 970
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