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Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA) vs Pentium B960

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Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA) advantages



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  • The processor has Hyper-Threading feature. This technology doubles the number of threads that the CPU can run simultaneously.
  • The processor is based on more efficient Ivy Bridge core, which offers from 2% to 8 %, or 5% on average better performance than similar clocked Sandy Bridge microprocessors.
  • Operating frequency of the microprocessor is higher than the frequency of the B960.
  • The Intel Core i5-3210M supports hardware acceleration of virtualized tasks.
  • The Intel i5-3210M features AES instructions. This extension provides hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption, and is beneficial if you need to protect your disk or network data.
  • The i5-3210M has AVX and F16C instructions, that were introduced in modern processors not too far ago. These extensions are not widely used by programs yet, but their support should improve in future applications.

Intel Pentium B960 advantages



Intel Pentium B960
  • The processor works in Socket G2. The CPU can be removed from the socket with ease for replacement or upgrade.

i5-3210M vs B960 specifications comparison

The charts below compare the most important Intel B960 and Intel Core i5-3210M characteristics. These features, together with an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a CPU performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph shows the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph represents the number of extra threads, offered by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color to represent base frequency, whereas lighter area is for additional frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. While the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
 
4
 
2
 
 
Higher is better
Operating frequency
4
3.2
2.4
1.6
0.8
0
 
 
3.1GHz
 
2.2GHz
 
 
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
4000
3200
2400
1600
800
0
 
 
3584KB
 
2560KB
 
 
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
40
32
24
16
8
0
 
 
35W
 
35W
 
 
Lower is better

  - Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA)       - Intel Pentium B960

Detailed side by side comparison of Core i5-3210M (BGA) vs B960 specs can be found in the "Specifications" tab.


Pros and Cons summary

Core i5-3210M (BGA) Pentium B960
General recommendations:
Handles more simultaneous threads,
Features higher base frequency,
Supports AVX / F16C instructions
  General recommendations:
The processor is upgreadable

Drawbacks:

Not possible to upgrade ot replace
 

Drawbacks:

Cannot execute as many threads at once,
Operates at lower base frequency,
Lacks some instructions

Similar processors

Core i5-3210M (BGA) Pentium B960
 

Similar microprocessors use the same socket and architecture as Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA) and Intel Pentium B960, however their performance and other characteristics are a bit different.

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Specifications

Please visit Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA) and Intel Pentium B960 pages for more detailed specifications of both microprocessors.

 Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA)Intel Pentium B960
Market segmentMobile
ManufacturerIntel
FamilyCore i5 MobilePentium Dual-Core Mobile
Basic details
Model numberi5-3210MB960
CPU part numberAV8063801032502FF8062700997701
FF8062701123900
Introduction dateJune 3, 2012October 2, 2011
 
CPU features
Core nameIvy BridgeSandy Bridge
MicroarchitectureIvy BridgeSandy Bridge
Technology (micron)0.0220.032
Data width (bits)64
SocketBGA1023Socket G2
Frequency (MHz)25002200
Turbo Frequency (MHz)3100 / 2900 
Clock Multiplier2522
L1 cache64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB)512
L3 cache (KB)30722048
Max temperature (°C)10585
TDP (Watt)35
Cores2
Threads42
Multiprocessing1
 
Instruction set extensions
AES / Advanced Encryption Standard+-
AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology+
AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions+-
F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion+-
MMX+
SSE+
SSE2+
SSE3+
SSE4.1+
SSE4.2+
SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3+
 
Supported technologies
Hyper-Threading+-
PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep+
Turbo Core / Turbo Boost+-
Virtualization+-
Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit+
 
Integrated Graphics
GPU TypeHD 4000HD (Sandy Bridge)
Base frequency (MHz)650
Maximum frequency (MHz)1100
The number of supported displays32
 
Integrated Memory Controller(s)
The number of controllers1
Memory channels2
Supported memoryDDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600, DDR3L-RS 1333, DDR3L-RS 1600DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333
Maximum memory bandwidth (GB/s)25.621.3
Notes:

Rows with different specifications or features are highlighted.

For detailed specifications of "Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA)" or "Intel Pentium B960" parts please click on the links in the table header.

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