Intel Pentium B960 vs Intel Core i3-2310M

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Intel Pentium B960 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i3-2310M
Intel Pentium B960 Intel Core i3-2310M

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Pentium B960 and the Intel Core i3-2310M and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Intel Pentium B960 2 core processor released in Q4/2011 with the Intel Core i3-2310M which has 2 CPU cores and was introduced in Q1/2011.
Intel Pentium (150) Family Intel Core i3 (205)
Intel Pentium 900 (10) CPU group Intel Core i 2000M (46)
3 Generation 2
Sandy Bridge U Architecture Sandy Bridge H
Mobile Segment Mobile
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-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Pentium B960 is a 2 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.20 GHz. The processor can compute 2 threads at the same time. The Intel Core i3-2310M clocks with 2.10 GHz, has 2 CPU cores and can calculate 4 threads in parallel.

Intel Pentium B960 Characteristic Intel Core i3-2310M
2 Cores 2
2 Threads 4
normal Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
2.20 GHz Frequency 2.10 GHz
-- Turbo Frequency (1 Core) --
-- Turbo Frequency (All Cores) --

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Intel Pentium B960 Characteristic Intel Core i3-2310M
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge GT1) GPU Intel HD Graphics 3000
0.65 GHz GPU frequency 0.65 GHz
1.10 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.10 GHz
6 GPU Generation 6
32 nm Technology 32 nm
2 Max. displays 2
6 Compute units 12
48 Shader 96
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
2 GB Max. GPU Memory 2 GB
10.1 DirectX Version 10.1

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge GT1) GPU Intel HD Graphics 3000
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
No Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIe

Up to 16 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Intel Pentium B960, while the Intel Core i3-2310M supports a maximum of 16 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 21.3 GB/s enabled.

Intel Pentium B960 Characteristic Intel Core i3-2310M
DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 Memory DDR3-1333
16 GB Max. Memory 16 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
21.3 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 21.3 GB/s
No ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
2.00 MB L3 Cache 3.00 MB
2.0 PCIe version 2.0
16 PCIe lanes 16
8.0 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 8.0 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Pentium B960 has a TDP of 35 W. The TDP of the Intel Core i3-2310M is 35 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Pentium B960 Characteristic Intel Core i3-2310M
35 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 35 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
85 °C Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The Intel Pentium B960 has 2.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 32 nm. The cache of Intel Core i3-2310M is at 3.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 32 nm.

Intel Pentium B960 Characteristic Intel Core i3-2310M
32 nm Technology 32 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX
PGA 988 Socket BGA 1023
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q4/2011 Release date Q1/2011
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Intel Pentium B960 (99%)
Intel Core i3-2310M (96%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Intel Pentium B960 (84%)
Intel Core i3-2310M (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Pentium B960 Intel Pentium B960
2C 2T @ 2.20 GHz
413 (98%)
Intel Core i3-2310M Intel Core i3-2310M
2C 4T @ 2.10 GHz
420 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Pentium B960 Intel Pentium B960
2C 2T @ 2.20 GHz
825 (89%)
Intel Core i3-2310M Intel Core i3-2310M
2C 4T @ 2.10 GHz
926 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Pentium B960 Intel Pentium B960
2C 2T @ 2.20 GHz
383 (100%)
Intel Core i3-2310M Intel Core i3-2310M
2C 4T @ 2.10 GHz
350 (91%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Pentium B960 Intel Pentium B960
2C 2T @ 2.20 GHz
679 (93%)
Intel Core i3-2310M Intel Core i3-2310M
2C 4T @ 2.10 GHz
731 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Pentium B960 Intel Pentium B960
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge GT1) @ 1.10 GHz
106 (50%)
Intel Core i3-2310M Intel Core i3-2310M
Intel HD Graphics 3000 @ 1.10 GHz
211 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Pentium B960 Intel Pentium B960
2C 2T @ 2.20 GHz
1029 (85%)
Intel Core i3-2310M Intel Core i3-2310M
2C 4T @ 2.10 GHz
1215 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Pentium B960 Intel Pentium B960
2C 2T @ 2.20 GHz
338 (69%)
Intel Core i3-2310M Intel Core i3-2310M
2C 4T @ 2.10 GHz
493 (100%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Pentium B960 Intel Core i3-2310M
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