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Front view of Intel Pentium G6950

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Intel Pentium G6950

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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
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.78 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 50% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i3 550

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Significantly higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better performance per watt 1.98 pt/W vs 1.06 pt/W More than 85% better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 59.31W vs 89.58W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year vs 35.11 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.54 GHz vs 4.41 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year vs 84.36 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G6950 vs Core i3 550

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 G6950
118,700 MB/s
Core i3 550
128,500 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G6950  vs
Core i3 550 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1156

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

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Integrated Intel® HD Graphics
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 533 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 17,066.66 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,773.12 MB 16,773.12 MB

details

Pentium G6950  vs
Core i3 550 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 4 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 21 24
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 0.65 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 72.6°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.41 GHz 4.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.78 GHz 3.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.41 GHz 4.54 GHz

power consumption

TDP 73W 73W
Annual home energy cost 35.11 $/year 17.59 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 84.36 $/year 63.95 $/year
Performance per watt 1.06 pt/W 1.98 pt/W
Typical power consumption 89.58W 59.31W

bus

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