The Clock frequency of the Core i3-330M is a tad slower than that of the Pentium B960 ( 2.13 GHz Vs 2.20 GHz). The Core i3-330M also supports the HyperTransport that Pentium B960 does not. The main reason why Pentium B960 is faster than the Core i3-330M is the improved Sandy Bridge architecture.
The Pentium B960 also has a better integrated graphics in terms of HD Graphics 3000.
Table : Core i3-330M Vs Intel Pentium B960 Feature Differences
|Feature||Core i3-330M||Intel Pentium B960|
|Core Frequency||2.13 GHz||2.2 GHz|
|No. Of Cores||2 ( 4 Hyperthreads)||2 ( No Hyperthreading)|
|Cache Organization||512KB L2 + 3MB L3||2 MB L3|
|Turbo Frequency||No Turbo||No Turbo|
|TDP Rating||35 Watts||35 Watts|
|64 Bit Support||Y||Y|
|Lithography||32 nm||32 nm|
|Integrated Memory Controller||DDR3-1066||DDR3-1333|
|Integrated Graphics||Yes, Base 500 MHz, Turbo 667 MHz||Yes, 650 MHz Base, 1.1 GHz Max|
Table : Core i3-330M Vs Intel Pentium B960 Benchmarking Comparison
|Benchmarks||Core i3-330M||Intel Pentium B960|
| PassMark CPU Mark Score
| Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)
||49 seconds||43.5 seconds|
| 3D Mark 06 CPU
| Windows 7 Experience Score
Some more details of Core i3-330M
The Hyperthreading in the core i3-330M allows 4 threads running simultaneously. The processor is built with two dies on the chip, the first die containing the two processor cores and the second die containing the Integrated memory controller and the integrated GPU. The performance of the Integrated GPU is for entry level graphics and not really great for gaming, though, it helps reduce system cost by not requiring a separate discrete graphics component. The core i3-330M is for entry level notebooks. More recently, the higher clocked, the core i3-380M has become more popular choice for the notebook manufacturers. The communication with the chipset is using fast differential DMI Bus.
Some more details of Intel Pentium B960
Pentium B960 is the highest clocked Pentium Processor in the Sandy Bridge line ( Update : B970 has superseded B960). With a decent performance with its integrated graphics, the Pentium B960 is expected to dominate the entry level low cost notebooks starting from the 1st quarter of 2012. You always have the option of going for the Core i3 or the core i5 processors at $50 to $200 extra.
Further Suggested Readings
Since Core i3-350M belongs to Arrandale series, we recommend that you take a looks at the Arrandale Architecture.
Pentium B960 belongs to the Sandy Bridge – you may like to take a looks at the Sandy Bridge Architecture.