With higher base clock ( 2.50 GHz Vs 2.2 gHz) and support for the turbo boost, the Core i5-2450M significantly outsmarts Pentium B960 in CPU as well as the integrated graphics performance.
The core i5-2450M as well as the B960, belong to the newest Sandy Bridge processors ( Ivy Bridge just launched but only quad core i7 processors are part of the launch).
The Pentium B960 comes with inferior HD Graphics 2000 that has half the number of execution cores as compares to the HD Graphics 3000 in Core i5-2450M ( 6 EUs vs 12 EUs).
Table : Intel Pentium B960 Vs Core i5-2450M Feature Differences
|Feature||Intel Pentium B960||Core i5-2450M|
|Core Frequency||2.2 GHz||2.50 GHz|
|No. Of Cores||2 ( No Hyperthreading)||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
|Cache Organization||2 MB L3||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
|Turbo Frequency||No Turbo||3.1 GHz|
|TDP Rating||35 Watts||35 Watts|
|64 Bit Support||Y||Y|
|Lithography||32 nm||32 nm|
|Integrated Memory Controller||DDR3-1333||DDR3-1333|
|Integrated Graphics||Yes, 650 MHz Base, 1.1 GHz Max||Yes, Base 650 MHz, Turbo 1.20 GHz|
Table : Intel Pentium B960 Vs Core i5-2450M Benchmarking Comparison
|Benchmarks||Intel Pentium B960||Core i5-2450M|
| PassMark Score
| Super Pi 2M (Lower in better)
||43.5 seconds||31 seconds|
| 3D Mark 06 CPU
| Windows 7 Experience Score
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Pentium B960 is the highest clocked Pentium Processor in the Sandy Bridge line ( Update : B970 has superseded B960).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.
Some more details of Core i5-2450M
The core i5-2450M is clocked at 2.50 GHz and should have a decent performance with its turbo boost 2.0 feature.
Further Suggested Readings
Since both these processors belong to Sandy Bridge, we recommend that you take a looks at the Sandy Bridge Architecture.
For a comparison of the HD Graphics 3000 Vs 2000 check here.