The Core i3-2330M takes a substantial lead in performance with respect to the Pentium B950 with a higher clock frequency ( 2.20 GHz Vs 2.10 GHz) and Hyperthreading Support.
Both these processors belong to the same Sandy Bridge group of processors. The Hyperthreading brings about an improvement of the order of 10% in core i3. The frequency bump brings another 5% improvement. So in overall we are looking for a close to 15% performance improvement in core i3-2330M with respect to Pentium B950.
The Core i3-2330M comes with a much better HD Graphics 3000 as integrated graphics. The Pentium B950 comes with inferior HD Graphics 2000. The number of the Execution units in the HD Graphics 3000 is double than the number of EUs in the HD Graphics 2000( 12 EUs Vs 6 EUs), which makes a difference in the GPU performance.
Given the small price difference between the B950 and the core i3-2330M, you may be tempted for the latter.
Table : Feature Differences
|Feature||Intel Pentium B950||Core i3-2330M|
| Core Frequency
||2.1 GHz||2.20 GHz|
| No. Of Cores
||2 ( No Hyperthreading)||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
| Cache Organization
||2 MB L3||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
| Turbo Frequency
||No Turbo||No Turbo|
|TDP Rating||35 Watts||35 Watts|
| 64 Bit Support
||32 nm||32 nm|
| Integrated Memory Controller
| Integrated Graphics
||Yes, 650 MHz Base, 1.1 GHz Max||Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz|
Some more details of Intel Pentium B950
Based upon Sandy Bridge architecture Pentium B950 is the elder brother of the more populate Pentium B940 processor. If we wish to compare Performance wise, it is better than the Arrandale Pentium processors aka, Pentium P6100 and P6200). The Hyperthreading in B950 ( as well as the Turbo Boost )is disabled in the Pentium B950, which leads to lower performance than the similarly clocked second generation Core i3 sandy bridge processor.
Some more details of Core i3-2330M
The Core i3-2330M marginally improves upon the core i3-2310M and should therefore offer a performance improvement of the order of 4%. The turbo boost is not available with core i3-2330M which will reduce its performance as compared to the core i5 processors. The graphics performance is decent with Intel’s integrated graphics 3000.
In the next post we will compare the benchmark results of these two processors.
You may also like to check
- Informal discussion of B950 Vs Core i3-2330M at forum
- Integrated Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 3000.