|Recommended System Requirements|
|Game||Pentium Dual Core 2117U 1.8GHz||Core i3-M370 2.4GHz|
|Forza Horizon 3||517%||379%|
|Farming Simulator 17||56%||22%|
|Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||446%||324%|
|Watch Dogs 2||493%||361%|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition||382%||274%|
In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-M370 2.4GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core 2117U 1.8GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.
The Pentium Dual Core was released over a year more recently than the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz, and so the Pentium Dual Core is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for running the latest games.
The Pentium Dual Core and the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz both have 2 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, the Pentium Dual Core and the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.
More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.
The Pentium Dual Core and Core i3-M370 2.4GHz are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz has a 0.6 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .
Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.
The Pentium Dual Core and the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache, so in this area, it wins out over the Pentium Dual Core.
The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.
The Pentium Dual Core has a 18 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i3-M370 2.4GHz, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Pentium Dual Core will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).
|CPU Codename||Ivy Bridge||Arrandale|
|MoBo Socket||rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2||rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2|
|Release Date||30 Sep 2012||20 Jun 2010|
|CPU Link||GD Link||GD Link|
|Clock Speed||1.8 GHz||vs||2.4 GHz|
|Max TDP||17 W||vs||35 W|
|Lithography||22 nm||vs||32 nm|
|L1 Cache Size||128 KB||vs||128 KB|
|L2 Cache Size||512 KB||vs||512 KB|
|L3 Cache Size||2 MB||vs||3 MB|
|ECC Memory Support||no||vs||no|
|Mini Review||Pentium Dual Core 2117U 1.8GHz is an ULV, Dual-Core processor for budget oriented - entry - level laptops, based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, that's optimized for low power consumption. |
Though based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, most of its features, including important ones, such as Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading are deactivated. It offers 2MB of L3 Cache and integrated graphics called Intel HD 2500, clocked at 350 MHz (up to 1000MHz in Turbo Mode). The Memory Controller supports DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 memory types. It should consume no more than 17 Watt.
Its performance is quite average and behind entry-level i7 laptop processors and so it's best paired with entry and middle class level GPUs.
|The Core i3 was intended to be the new low end of the performance processor line from Intel, following the retirement of the Core 2 brand. The first Core i3 processors were launched on January 7, 2010. The first Nehalem based Core i3 was Clarkdale-based, with an integrated GPU and two cores.The same processor is also available as Core i5 and Pentium, with slightly different configurations. The Core i3-3xxM processors are based on Arrandale, the mobile version of the Clarkdale desktop processor. They are similar to the Core i5-4xx series but running at lower clock speeds and without Turbo Boost.|