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Front view of Intel Pentium G6960

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Intel Pentium G6960

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 59.31W vs 121W 2x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 1.22 pt/W vs 1.11 pt/W Around 10% better performance per watt
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year vs 42.57 $/year 2.4x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year vs 120.89 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Jul, 2009 Release date over 1 years later
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More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 8 vs 2 6 more threads
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.1 GHz vs 2.94 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.28 GHz vs 2.93 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G6960 vs Core i7 870

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 i7 870
142,100 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

Core i7 870
10,143

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G6960  vs
Core i7 870 
Clock speed 2.93 GHz 2.93 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad 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
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Integrated N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 533 MHz N/A

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 16,384 MB

details

Pentium G6960  vs
Core i7 870 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 8
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 45 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000 774,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 22 22
Voltage range 0.65 - 1.4V 0.65 - 1.4V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.6°C Unknown - 72.7°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.94 GHz 4.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.93 GHz 4.28 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.94 GHz 4.1 GHz

power consumption

TDP 73W 95W
Annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year 42.57 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year 120.89 $/year
Performance per watt 1.22 pt/W 1.11 pt/W
Typical power consumption 59.31W 121W

bus

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