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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i3-9100T 4-Core 3.1GHz Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 49% 454%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10% 311%
Cyberpunk 2077 27% 371%
Halo: Reach 38% 129%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 65% 512%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 62% 503%
Borderlands 3 49% 454%
Detroit: Become Human 27% 374%
FIFA 20 7% 297%
eFootball PES 2020 23% 356%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i3-9100T 4-Core 3.1GHz is massively better than the Intel Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz 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 Core i3-9100T 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Pentium Dual Core, and so the Core i3-9100T 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Pentium Dual Core when running the latest games.

The Core i3-9100T 4-Core has 2 more cores than the Pentium Dual Core. With 4 cores, the Core i3-9100T 4-Core is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

The Core i3-9100T 4-Core has 2 more threads than the Pentium Dual Core. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

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 i3-9100T 4-Core and Pentium Dual Core 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 i3-9100T 4-Core has a 0.167 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. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

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 i3-9100T 4-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium Dual Core, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

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 Core i3-9100T 4-Core has a 38 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Pentium Dual Core, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i3-9100T 4-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i3-9100T 4-Core 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 UHD Graphics 630, 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 CodenameCoffee Lake RClarkdale
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1156/Socket H
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Apr 201909 Jan 2011
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs2
CPU Threads4vs2
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs2.933 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.7 GHzvs-
Max TDP35 Wvs73 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Voltage Range-vs0.6500V-1.4000V KB
Max Temperature100°Cvs72.6°C
Virtualization Technologynovsyes
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs128 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs512 KB
L3 Cache Size6144 MBvs3 MB
Max Memory Size-vs16 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth-vs17 GB/s
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630no
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs533 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12vs-
Displays Supported-vs2
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mmvs37.5mm x 37.5mm
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs2
PCIe Configurations-vs2

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i3-9100T 4-Core 3.1GHz is a low-end desktop CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. The 'T' suffix designates a low power draw variant of the Core i3-9300. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.1GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The i3-9100T has 6MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 64GB DDR-2666 MHz memory. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, Optane Memory Support, and Virtualization are activated. It does not feature an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. This Core i3-9100T CPU offers below average gaming performance in 2019 and may be bottleneck in a modern gaming PC. It should be able to play most modern games at 60fps on High graphics performance at any supported resolution, although may struggle with the most demanding AAA titles. Performance may become bottlenecked if playing at 144Hz and 1080p or lower screen resolution.- Note that these are also dual core, but under the Pentium brand. - Based on Westmere microarchitecture - All models support: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST), Intel 64, XD bit (an NX bit implementation), Intel VT-x, Smart Cache.

Vendor-Specific Features

Intel Quick Sync VideoIntel Quick Sync Video
Intel InTru 3DIntel InTru 3D
Intel InsiderIntel Insider
Intel Wireless DisplayIntel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible DisplayIntel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HDIntel Clear Video HD
Intel vProIntel vPro
Intel Hyper-ThreadingIntel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/OIntel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted ExecutionIntel Trusted Execution
AES New InstructionsAES New Instructions
Intel Anti-TheftIntel Anti-Theft
Idle StatesIdle States
Intel SpeedStepIntel SpeedStep
Thermal MonitoringThermal Monitoring
Execute Disable BitExecute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPTIntel VT-x with EPT
Embedded OptionsEmbedded Options

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