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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 278% 360%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 408% 519%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 266% 345%
FIFA 21 253% 330%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 328% 421%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 487% 615%
Watch Dogs Legion 408% 519%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 328% 421%
Grand Theft Auto VI 521% 655%
Genshin Impact 186% 248%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz 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 less than a year after the Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz and the Pentium Dual Core 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 Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz and the Pentium Dual Core 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 Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz and the Pentium Dual Core are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. That isn't particularly helpful, however, as the Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz and the Pentium Dual Core provide identical clock rates and thus extremely similar performance.

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 Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz and the Pentium Dual Core have the same L2 cache size, but the Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz 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.

Both the Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz and the Pentium Dual Core have the same TDP of 35 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 32 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Core i3-2312M 2.1GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Pentium Dual Core, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 Mobile, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSandy BridgeSandy Bridge
MoBo SocketrPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2rPGA 988A / B / Socket G1 / G2
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date01 Apr 201115 May 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs2
Clock Speed2.1 GHzvs2.1 GHz
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Max TDP35 Wvs35 W
Lithography32 nmvs32 nm
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Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs2 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000 Mobileno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewSandy Bridge is the codename for a microarchitecture developed by Intel beginning in 2005 for central processing units in computers to replace the Nehalem microarchitecture. Intel demonstrated a Sandy Bridge processor in 2009, and released first products based on the architecture in January 2011 under the Core brand.Originally, implementations targeted a 32 nanometer manufacturing process based on planar double-gate transistors. Subsequent products, codenamed Ivy Bridge, use a 22 nanometer process. The Ivy Bridge die shrink, known in the Intel Tick-Tock model as the "tick", is based on 3D tri-gate transistors. Intel demonstrated Ivy Bridge processors in 2011.Pentium Dual Core B950 2.1GHz is an entry-level CPU part of the Pentium Dual Core Series release by Intel.
It's based on the Sandy Bridge architecture but many of the special technologies are deactivated and has 2 cores, whereas each core only has one thread.
The performance is average and enough to play Very Demanding games smoothly, at least with medium detail.