Intel Core i3-4020Y vs Intel Pentium G6960

Compare Intel 4th Generation Core i3 2 core CPU vs Intel Pentium 2 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

7 %
8 %
14% slightly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

15 %
17 %
13% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

5 %
6 %
20% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

5 %
6 %
20% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

4% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

37% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units



Number of logical processing units

100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

2 GHz
3 GHz
95% significantly higher clock speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

5 W
1359% significantly lower TDP
73 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

33% slightly more pcie lanes

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

16 GiB
38 GiB
137% significantly more supported memory

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

1,215th of 1,326
1,187th of 1,326


The product line

4th Generation Core i3

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2013
February 2011

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i3-4020Y vs Pentium G6960 comparison

In our benchmarks, the Pentium G6960 beats the Core i3-4020Y in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i3-4020Y in all gaming tests too.

When comparing these CPUs we notice that they have the same number of cores but the Core i3-4020Y has more threads.

Our database shows that the Pentium G6960 has a significantly higher clock speed than the Core i3-4020Y.

A Core i3-4020Y CPU outputs less heat than a Pentium G6960 CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Pentium G6960 over the Core i3-4020Y.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the Core i3-4020Y and the Pentium G6960, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i3-4020Y has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.


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