- The Core i3-380M belongs to the 1st generation Core i3 processors, while the Pentium B960 belongs to the newer Sandy Bridge family.
- The Core i3-380M supports Hyperthreading that B960 does not. The Core i3-380M is clocked higher ay 2.53 GHz vs B960′s 2.20 GHz. These two factors lead to better processor performance for core i3-380M. The B960 still has better performance per GHz of clock.
- The Pentium B960, however, has much better graphics performance with HD Graphics 3000 when compared to Core i3-380M’s integrated graphics.
Table : Feature Differences
|Feature||Core i3-380M||Intel Pentium B960|
|Core Frequency||2.53 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|
Some more details of Core i3-380M
The Hyperthreading ( Two threads for each core) in the core i3-380M improved performance in multithreaded environment. The processor is built with two dies on the chip, the first die has the two cores and the second die has the Integrated memory controller and the integrated graphics unit called GMA that runs at base clock of 500 MHz and ramp to 667 MHz based upon demand. 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 i3-380M is for entry level notebooks that promises moderate performance. The processor communicates with the chipset using DMI Bus – a fast differential Bus. Based upon Arrandale architecture – the core i3-380M has a fast processor to memory communication using its integrated graphics controller
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Pentium B960 is the highest clocked Pentium Processor in the Sandy Bridge line ( Update : B970 has superseded B960).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.
In the next post we have covered the benchmark comparison of these two processors.