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Front view of Intel Pentium G2030

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium G2030

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Much lower typical power consumption 44.69W vs 94.67W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Supports more RAM 32,768 MB vs 16,773.12 MB Supports more than 95% more RAM
More number of displays supported 3 vs 2 1 more number of displays supported
Much lower annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year vs 35.75 $/year 2.7x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year vs 91.1 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Apr, 2013 vs Jan, 2010 Release date over 3 years later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.16 GHz vs 3.07 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i3 540

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Intel Core i3 540

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Much more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.47 GHz vs 3.1 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G2030 vs Core i3 540

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

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 G2030
157,000 MB/s
Core i3 540
123,300 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G2030  vs
Core i3 540 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.06 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

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 55W 73W
Annual home energy cost 13.25 $/year 35.75 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 48.18 $/year 91.1 $/year
Performance per watt 2.19 pt/W 1.24 pt/W
Typical power consumption 44.69W 94.67W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 2,500 MT/s

details

Pentium G2030  vs
Core i3 540 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.1 GHz 4.47 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.16 GHz 3.07 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.1 GHz 4.47 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 3 2
GPU clock speed 650 MHz 733 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 16,773.12 MB
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