Pentium G630 as well as the Core i3-2100, belong to the Sandy Bridge group of processors from Intel.
Compared to the Core i3-2100, the Pentium G630 is inferior in following respects
- Lower Clock speed ( 2.70 GHz versus 3.1 GHz for i3-2100).
- Does not support Hyperthreading.
- Has DDR3-1066 speed grade ( Core i3-2100 has DDR3-1333)
Pentium G630 is still good enough for entry level computing. It retains most of the goodies of the Sandy Bridge architecture and provides good mid range computing performance at an affordable price. The Pentium as well as the core i3 brands do not support the Turbo Boost as in the Core i5 and Core i7. The Pentium is actually a slightly deprecated version of the Core i3 processors.
Table : Feature Differences
|Feature||Pentium G630||Core i3-2100|
| Core Frequency
||2.70 GHz||3.10 GHz|
| No. Of Cores
||2 ( No Hyperthreading)||2 (4 Hyperthreads)|
| Cache Organization
||512 KB L2 + 3 MB L3 Cache||3 MB L3 Smart Cache|
| Turbo Frequency
||No Turbo||No Turbo|
|TDP Rating||65 Watts||65 Watts|
| 64 Bit Support
||32 nm||32 nm|
| Integrated Memory Controller
| Integrated Graphics
||Intel HD Graphics, 850 MHz base, 1.1 GHz Turbo||Yes, Base 850 MHz, Turbo 1.10 GHz|
Some more details of Pentium G630
The Pentium G630 adds 100 MHz to the clock frequency of G620, marginally improving its performance. The G630 is a stripped down Sandy Bridge core i3 processor, that does not support Hyperthreading. It retains the HD graphics 2000, reducing the cost of an external graphics card. Do not expect to play high end gaming with this processor though.
Some more details of Core i3-2100
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The Core i3-2100 is the second generation Intel Core i3 processor improving significantly upon the architecture that evolved from Arrandale. Although turbo boost is not available in the core i3-2100 ( The newer turbo 2.0 technology, that increases the time for which processor can be in the boosted state, is available only on the second generation core i5 and i7 processors), the processor still shows significant performance improvement over similarly clocked 1st generation core i3 processor. The more significant improvement has been in the area of integrated graphics unit. Core i3-2100 comes with the better HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics.
In the next post we have have covered the benchmark comparison of the G630 and the Core i3-2100