CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of G3420 vs Q9650 among desktop 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

Fire Strike

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?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Pentium G3420 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium G3420

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium G3420

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Much higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 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
Front view of Intel Core2 Quad Q9650

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Intel Core2 Quad Q9650

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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G3420 vs Core2 Quad Q9650

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium G3420
124.83 fps
Core2 Quad Q9650
33.68 fps

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium G3420
0.75 fps
Core2 Quad Q9650
0.18 fps

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 G3420
184,000 MB/s
Core2 Quad Q9650
128,200 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G3420  vs
Core2 Quad Q9650 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
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 54W 95W
Annual home energy cost 13.01 $/year 22.89 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 47.3 $/year 83.22 $/year
Performance per watt 2.81 pt/W 1.47 pt/W
Typical power consumption 43.88W 77.19W

details

Pentium G3420  vs
Core2 Quad Q9650 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 0.5 MB 12 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 3 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72°C Unknown - 71.4°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.31 GHz 4.16 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.2 GHz 4.54 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,134.4 1,473.2
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.31 GHz 4.16 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 350 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz N/A

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 FSB
Number of links 0 1
Intel Pentium G3420
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