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Intel Pentium G6951 Pentium G6960 processors

October 27th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Intel Pentium G6951 and Pentium G6960 are dual core processors based upon  Clarkdale architecture. If you are unaware, Clarkdale architecture is the same architecture powering the desktop core i3, core i5 processor, the major features being the integrated DDR3 memory controller, a fast DMI bus to communicate with chipset, an integrated HD graphics and smart cache.

The nominal clock frequency of the Pentium G6951  is 2.80 GHz while that of the G6960 is 2.93 GHz.  The Pentium G6951 Pentium G6960 processors have  3 MB of shared cache memory.Intel calls these memory smart cache, which is essentially the ability of the cores to dynamically allocated the cache depending upon their requirement.

The Pentium G6951 and G6960 processors are manufactured with 32 nm technology.  These processors have integrated graphics controller. The graphics controller and the integrated graphics controller is manufactured using 45 nm technology.  The performance of the integrated graphics controller is expected to be moderate but not excellent for high end gaming. The nominal clock frequency of the integrated GPU unit is 533 MHz.

The Pentium G6951 and G6960 processors have integrated DDR3 memory controller. The integrated memory controller reduces latency and increases overall performance of the systems, especially those requiring large amount of memory.

The communication with the chipset is using high speed differential DMI Bus.

The Pentium G6951 Pentium G6960 processors support Virtualization technology (VT-x), which is helpful if you need to run two operating systems and require seamless switching between the operating systems.

The Pentium G6951 Pentium G6960 processors support a  number of advanced multimedia instructions including  Supplemental SSE3, SSE4.1 ,  SSE4.2 . These helps speedier execution of multimedia execution.

The TDP ( Thermal Design Power) of the Pentium G6951 and G6960 processors  is 73 Watts. They fit in the LGA 1156 socket.

The Pentium G6951 and G6960 processors do not support turbo boost functionality and will not have Hyperthreading enabled. The benchmark results are unavailable at the  time of writing.

The processor should be released soon and we should start seeing systems based upon the Pentium G6951 Pentium G6960 processors sometimes in Q1 of 2011.

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