Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA) advantages
- 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
- 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
Higher is better
Higher is better
On-chip L2 + L3 cache
Higher is better
Thermal Design Power
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|
Handles more simultaneous threads,
Features higher base frequency,
Supports AVX / F16C instructions
The processor is upgreadable
Not possible to upgrade ot replace
Cannot execute as many threads at once,
Operates at lower base frequency,
Lacks some instructions
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.
Please visit Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA) and Intel Pentium B960 pages for more complete specifications of both microprocessors.
| ||Intel Core i5-3210M (BGA)||Intel Pentium B960|
|Family||Core i5 Mobile||Pentium Dual-Core Mobile|
|CPU part number||AV8063801032502||FF8062700997701|
|Introduction date||June 3, 2012||October 2, 2011|
|Core name||Ivy Bridge||Sandy Bridge|
|Microarchitecture||Ivy Bridge||Sandy Bridge|
|Data width (bits)||64|
|Turbo Frequency (MHz)||3100 / 2900|| |
|L1 cache||64 KB (code) / 64 KB (data)|
|L2 cache (KB)||512|
|L3 cache (KB)||3072||2048|
|Max temperature (°C)||105||85|
|Instruction set extensions|
|AES / Advanced Encryption Standard||+||-|
|AMD64 / EM64T 64-bit technology||+|
|AVX / Advanced Vector Extensions||+||-|
|F16C / 16-bit Floating-Point conversion||+||-|
|SSSE3 / Supplemental SSE3||+|
|PowerNow! / Enhanced SpeedStep||+|
|Turbo Core / Turbo Boost||+||-|
|Virus Protection / Execute Disable bit||+|
|GPU Type||HD 4000||HD (Sandy Bridge)|
|Base frequency (MHz)||650|
|Maximum frequency (MHz)||1100|
|Integrated Memory Controller(s)|
|The number of controllers||1|
|Supported memory||DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1600||DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333|
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