Intel Core i3-7020U vs Pentium Silver N5000

Intel Core i3-7020U
Intel Pentium Silver N5000

General info

Comparing Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core i3
 
Intel Pentium Silver
Architecture codename
Kaby Lake
 
Gemini Lake
Release date
30 August 2016
 
11 December 2017
Launch price (MSRP)
$281
 
$161

Technical specs

Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
2
 
4
Number of threads
4
 
4
Maximum frequency
2.3 GHz
 
2.7 GHz
L1 cache
128 KB
 
256 KB
L2 cache
512 KB
 
4 MB
L3 cache
3 MB
 
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Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
14 nm
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
105 deg C
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
FC-BGA1356, FCBGA1356
 
FCBGA1090
Power consumption (TDP)
15 Watt
 
6 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
no data
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
-
vPro
-
 
-
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
Speed Shift
+
 
-
My WiFi
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost
-
 
-
Hyper-Threading
+
 
-
Idle States
+
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
+
Flex Memory Access
+
 
no data
Smart Response
+
 
-
GPIO
no data
 
+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
no data
 
-

Security technologies

Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
no data
EDB
+
 
+
Secure Key
+
 
+
MPX
+
 
+
Identity Protection
+
 
+
SGX
Yes with Intel® ME
 
Yes with Intel® ME
OS Guard
+
 
+
Anti-Theft
no data
 
-

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 are enumerated here.
AMD-V
+
 
-
VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600
 
upto-2400
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
8 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
34.1 GB / s
 
35.76 GB / s

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000.
Integrated graphics
Intel HD Graphics 620 (300 - 1000 MHz)
 
Intel UHD Graphics 605 (200 - 750 MHz)
Max video memory
32 GB
 
8 GB
Quick Sync
+
 
-
Clear Video
+
 
no data
Clear Video HD
+
 
no data
Graphics max frequency
1 GHz
 
750 MHz
Execution Units
no data
 
18
InTru 3D
+
 
no data

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
3
 
3
eDP
+
 
+
DisplayPort
+
 
+
HDMI
+
 
+
DVI
+
 
no data
MIPI-DSI
no data
 
+

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.
4K resolution support
+
 
+
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
4096x2304@24Hz
 
no data
Max resolution over eDP
4096x2304@60Hz
 
no data
Max resolution over DisplayPort
4096x2304@60Hz
 
no data

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
12
 
+
OpenGL
4.5
 
+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
2.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
12
 
6
USB revision
no data
 
2.0 / 3.0
Total number of SATA ports
no data
 
2
Max number of SATA 6 Gb/s Ports
no data
 
2
Number of USB ports
no data
 
8
Integrated LAN
no data
 
-
UART
no data
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i3-7020U 3.23 +3.9%
Pentium Silver N5000 3.11

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

i3-7020U 3588 +56.3%
Pentium Silver N5000 2295

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

i3-7020U 8083 +20.9%
Pentium Silver N5000 6688

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

i3-7020U 93 +19.2%
Pentium Silver N5000 78

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

i3-7020U 227
Pentium Silver N5000 237 +4.4%

WinRAR 4.0

i3-7020U 1920 +54.2%
Pentium Silver N5000 1245

x264 encoding pass 1

i3-7020U 80 +5.3%
Pentium Silver N5000 76

x264 encoding pass 2

i3-7020U 16 +6.7%
Pentium Silver N5000 15

TrueCrypt AES

i3-7020U 1
Pentium Silver N5000 2 +35.7%

Geekbench 3 32-bit single-core

i3-7020U 2221 +24.9%
Pentium Silver N5000 1778

Geekbench 3 32-bit multi-core

i3-7020U 4821
Pentium Silver N5000 5548 +15.1%

Passmark

i3-7020U 2535 +3.8%
Pentium Silver N5000 2442

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i3-7020U and Pentium Silver N5000 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i3-7020U

3.9% faster in synthetic tests
HyperThreading (allows one physical CPU function as two logical ones. It increases performance, since while one logical CPU is waiting for data, the second may still do useful work)
AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions - a set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2 - an extension to AVX, the set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
QuickSyncVideo

Advantages of Intel Pentium Silver N5000

Much newer (11 December 2017 vs 30 August 2016)
Cheaper ($161 vs $281)
Less power hungry (6 vs 15 watts)

So, Core i3-7020U or Pentium Silver N5000?

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