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Intel Pentium P6200 Vs Core i3-330M

January 25th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Intel Pentium P6200 and the core i3-330M makes up an interesting comparison as both the processors are based upon same architecture and have same operating frequencies. Take a look at the similarities

1. Both the Pentium P6200 and the Intel Core i3-330M are dual core processors.

2. Both Both the P6200 and the Core i3-330M are clocked at 2.13 GHz

3. Both the processors have same 3 MB L3 Cache.

4. Both have integrated graphics units.

The Pentium P6200 is based upon the Same Arrandale architecture that Intel Core i3 was built with.

The difference – Pentium P6200 does not come with Hyperthreading. Hyperthreading is not beneficial under all circumstances and all conditions. Under certain specific circumstances it does benefit the multi threaded processes to an extent. On an average Hyperthreading improves performance by an order of 10%, everything else remaining same.

Specification Comparison

Feature Intel Pentium P6200 Core i3-330M
Core Frequency 2.13 GHz 2.13 GHz
Number of  Of Cores 2 (No Hyperthreading Support) 2 (4 Hyperthreads)
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 HD Graphics, Base 500 MHz, Turbo 667 MHz HD Graphics, Base 500 MHz, Turbo 667 MHz

You may like to note, however, that the P6200 will significantly underperform as compared to the Intel core i3-370M ( 2.40 GHz), and core i3-380M ( 2.53 GHz) , another two popular processors – just because of the clock frequency differences.

Besides the Hyperthreading, other major difference is the support for VT-x virtualization in Core i3-330M. Hardware Virtualization helps in speeding up the machine, if you have multiple virtual machines in your system – for example – a Windows and a Linux. For most users, it is not applicable. Generally, if someone is using virtualization, he is more likely to use a more powerful quad core machine with typically larger 8 MB RAM.

In the next post we will compare the benchmark of the Pentium P6200 with Core i3-330M

Intel is profiting from the brand name – “Pentium” that is garnered over the years – it just removed the Hyperthreading from the core i3-330M rebranded it as Pentium – a name that that sounds familiar with common user who are unable to catch up with the fast pace of the processor developments.

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  1. March 16th, 2011 at 05:07 | #1


  2. Nita Mitchell
    July 9th, 2011 at 10:24 | #2

    You may also like to check the newest Sandy Bridge based Pentium B940 processor ( 2 GHz). You may end up with a better processor at a reasonable cost.

  3. December 1st, 2011 at 14:46 | #3

    I did not saw a thing about the feature “Virtualization” … I think it’s a solid one?