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Intel Core i3-370M Vs Intel Pentium P6100

February 19th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Table : Core i3-370M Vs Intel Pentium P6100 Feature Differences

Feature Core i3-370M Intel Pentium P6100
Core Frequency 2.40 GHz 2.00 GHz
No. Of Cores 2 2 (No Hyperthreading)
Cache Organization 512KB L2 + 3MB L3 512KB L2 + 3MB L3
Turbo Frequency No Turbo No Turbo
TDP Rating 35 Watts 35 Watts
64 Bit Support Y Y
Lithography 32 nm 32 nm
Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1066 DDR3-1066
Integrated Graphics Yes, Base 500 MHz, Turbo 667 MHz Yes, Base 500 MHz, Turbo 667 MHz

Table : Core i3-370M Vs Intel Pentium P6100 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Core i3-370M Intel Pentium P6100
PassMark Score 2224 1529
Super Pi 2M (Lower in better) 42 seconds 50 seconds
3D Mark 06 CPU 2570 1840
Windows 7 Experience Score 6.7 5.7

The Intel Pentium P6100 and the core i3-370M are both based upon Arrandale architecture. Both are dual core parts and both have 3 MB of L3 Cache memory. And here the similarity ends. The Core i3-370M is a much faster processor, not only because of the higher 2.40 GHz clock frequency Vs 2.0 GHz clock frequency of the Pentium P6100, but also because, the core i3-370M supports the Hyperthreading, which Pentium P6100 does not. The presence of the Hyperthreading further widens the gap between the performance levels in the Core i3-370M and the Pentium P6100 in multi threaded environment.

The reason we took up the two CPUs for comparison, is that these two are the two most popular processors, being used in the recently launched notebooks. The Pentium P6100 based notebooks can be categorized as the entry level notebooks, while the Core i3-370M based notebooks can be classified as the mid performance notebook.

Another subtle difference is the support for virtualization ( Vt-x) in core i3-370M, which is not present in the Pentium P6100 processor. This virtualization technology is useful, in case, if you are running two operating systems in parallel.

Let us take a look at the benchmark numbers.

– The Super Pi 2M takes 50 seconds in Pentium P6100 while it takes only 42 seconds in case of core i3-370M.
– The 3DMark 06 CPU score of the Core i3-370M stands at 2575 as compared to 1838 score of Pentium P6100
– SiSoft Sandra Dhrystone MIPS rating for core i3-370M is 32400  while that of Pentium P6100 is 18250.

Clearly core i3-370M is a much better CPU as compared to the Pentium P6100.

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  1. Nita Mitchell
    July 9th, 2011 at 10:26 | #1

    It may be a good idea to to check the latest Sandy Bridge Pentium B940 processor ( 2 GHz, 2 MB L3 Cache). This processor is better in performance as compared to the Pentium P61000