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Front view of Intel Pentium G6960

Reasons to consider the
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Much better performance per watt 1.22 pt/W vs 1.06 pt/W Around 15% better performance per watt
Much lower typical power consumption 59.31W vs 89.58W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
Higher clock speed 2.93 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much lower annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year vs 35.11 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year vs 84.36 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Jan, 2011 vs Jan, 2010 Release date over a year later
Front view of Intel Pentium G6950

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Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.41 GHz vs 2.94 GHz Around 50% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.78 GHz vs 2.93 GHz Around 65% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G6960 vs G6950

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
Pentium G6950
118,700 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
G6950 
Clock speed 2.93 GHz 2.8 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
SSE3
SSE
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Integrated Integrated
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 533 MHz 533 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 17,066.66 MB/s 17,066.66 MB/s
Maximum memory size 16,773.12 MB 16,773.12 MB

details

Pentium G6960  vs
G6950 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 3 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 382,000,000 382,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 22 21
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 4.41 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.93 GHz 4.78 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.94 GHz 4.41 GHz

power consumption

TDP 73W 73W
Annual home energy cost 17.59 $/year 35.11 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 63.95 $/year 84.36 $/year
Performance per watt 1.22 pt/W 1.06 pt/W
Typical power consumption 59.31W 89.58W

bus

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