CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of G860 vs 2617M among all 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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

7.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Pentium G860 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Pentium G860  based on its single-core performance and value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Pentium G860

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium G860

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Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 1.5 GHz 2x higher clock speed
Much higher GPU clock speed 850 MHz vs 350 MHz Around 2.5x higher GPU clock speed
Much better performance per dollar 1.72 pt/$ vs 0.35 pt/$ Around 5x better performance per dollar
Significantly better turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 950 MHz More than 15% better turbo clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.18 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,562 vs 1,154 More than 35% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.15 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Jul, 2011 vs Feb, 2011 Release date 4 months later
Front view of Intel Core i7 2617M

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Intel Core i7 2617M

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Much lower typical power consumption 13.81W vs 52.81W 3.8x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 69.1 °C Around 45% higher Maximum operating temperature
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better performance per watt 5.92 pt/W vs 2.24 pt/W Around 2.8x better performance per watt
More l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1.5 MB/core Around 35% more l3 cache per core
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,517 vs 3,774 Around 20% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much lower annual home energy cost 4.1 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 3.8x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 14.89 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 3.8x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium G860 vs Core i7 2617M

CompuBench 1.5 (Ocean surface simulation) Data courtesy CompuBench

Pentium G860
21.94 fps
Core i7 2617M
24.68 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Pentium G860
2,127
Core i7 2617M
2,289.5

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Pentium G860
147,250 MB/s
Core i7 2617M
1,950 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium G860  vs
Core i7 2617M 
Clock speed 3 GHz 1.5 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
BGA 1023

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 65W 17W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 4.1 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 14.89 $/year
Performance per watt 2.24 pt/W 5.92 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 13.81W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 1 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Pentium G860  vs
Core i7 2617M 
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
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 30 15
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.18 GHz 1.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.15 GHz 1.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.18 GHz 1.5 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Number of displays supported 2 2
GPU clock speed 850 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,100 MHz 950 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Maximum bandwidth 21,333.32 MB/s 21,333.32 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 8,202.24 MB
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