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Take a Sandy Bridge core i5 processor ( the second generation core i5 processor) and disable the Turbo boost feature – and you get a core i3 Sandy Bridge processor. Now disable the Hyperthreading, AES, and the VT-x and Vt-d Virtualizations – you get the Pentium B950 processor. This is what this processor is – in simple terms.
The Intel Pentium B950 a dual core processor clocked at 2.1 GHz, clocked 100 MHz higher than its younger brother Pentium B940 ( dual core clocked at 2.0 GHz).
On the right hand side is a block diagram of a system based upon Pentium B950. The processor communicates with the DDR3 memory directly ( max speed grade is DDR3-1333). It communicates with the chipset ( called PCH or Platform Controller Hub in Intel Parlance) , using fast, differential DMI Bus.
Table : Intel Pentium B950 Features and Specs
|Feature||Intel Pentium B950|
|Core Frequency||2.1 GHz|
|No. Of Cores||2 ( No Hyperthreading)|
|Cache Organization||2 MB L3|
|Turbo Frequency||No Turbo|
|TDP Rating||35 Watts|
|64 Bit Support||Y|
|Integrated Memory Controller||DDR3-1333|
|Integrated Graphics||Yes, 650 MHz Base, 1.1 GHz Max|
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The Pentium B950’s improved Sandy Bridge architecture leads to better performance when compared to Arrandale based Pentium processors ( the Pentium P6200 and the Pentium P6100 processors.)
The Pentium B950 has better memory transfer rate and now supports DDR3-1333 in addition to the DDR3-1066 ( The earlier Pentium P6200 and P6100, for example, support DDR3 rates only upto DDR3-1066). This leads to faster processor to memory speed and improved performance. Notice that implementing the DDR3-1333 is a challenge on the motherboard due to high speed constraints and if you do buy a system based upon DDR3-1333, ensure that the motherboard used is from a reliable source. The Signal Integrity related errors can menifest itself as blue screen and occasional failures due to bit errors.
The notebook manufacturer should now have a pool of low cost processor in the form of Pentium B950 and B940 and they should be able to churn out low cost moderate performance notebooks. The lower cost is made possible by the integration of the graphics in the processor.
But the most significant advancement is in the area of the integrated graphics. The Pentium B950 has a unified die that consists of the two processor cores as well as the memory controlled and the GPU controller. Even though the main processors cores do not feature the turbo boost features, the Pentium B950 does support the turbo boost feature and leads to better performance.
As of now the Pentium B940 is more popular than the B950, but we think that the Pentium P950 will become more common and should outrank B940 in terms of usage in the coming days.
Walmart has the HP Pavilion dv4-4030us – a 14 inch laptop powered by the Pentium B950. It comes with 4 GB RAM and 500 GB Hard disk – not bad for $581 at which it is offered.
Intel Pentium B950 Benchmark
Find about the B950 benchmark result here.