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Front view of Intel Pentium G6960

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium G6960

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Much lower typical power consumption 59.31W vs 100.22W More than 40% lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year vs 37.54 $/year 2.1x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year vs 96.89 $/year Around 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Jan, 2010 Release date over a year later
Front view of Intel Core i5 650

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More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.31 GHz vs 2.94 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.93 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.08 GHz vs 2.93 GHz Around 75% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G6960 vs Core i5 650

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 G6960
123.1 MB/s
Core i5 650
1,550,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G6960  vs
Core i5 650 
Clock speed 2.93 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1156

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
AES
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 G6960  vs
Core i5 650 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 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 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 22 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 2.94 GHz 4.31 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.93 GHz 5.08 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.94 GHz 4.31 GHz

power consumption

TDP 73W 73W
Annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year 37.54 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year 96.89 $/year
Performance per watt 1.22 pt/W 4.67 pt/W
Typical power consumption 59.31W 100.22W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 2,500 MT/s 2,500 MT/s
Intel Pentium G6960
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