Intel Pentium 2020M: specs and benchmarks

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Year of release 2012
Performance 7.90

Summary

Intel started Intel Pentium 2020M sales 1 October 2012 at a recommended price of $134. This is an Ivy Bridge architecture notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 2 cores and 2 threads, and is based on 22 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 2.4 and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCPGA988 processor with a TDP of 35 Watt. It supports DDR3 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at

7.90%

of a leader's which is Intel Core i9-13950HX.

Intel Core i9-13950HX Core i9 13950HX
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General info

Pentium 2020M processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating1342
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesIntel Pentium
Architecture codenameIvy Bridge (2012−2013)
Release date1 October 2012
(10 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$134of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$37 (0.3x MSRP)of 25332 (Xeon Platinum 8276L)

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores2 (Dual-core)
Threads2
Base clock speed2.4 GHzof 4.7 (Ryzen 9 7900X)
Boost clock speed2.4 GHzof 6 (Core i9-13900KS)
L1 cache64K (per core)of 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache256K (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache2 MB (shared)of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography22 nmof 4 (Ryzen 9 7940HS)
Die size118 mm2
Maximum core temperature90 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors1,400 millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 9 7845HX)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-

Compatibility

Information on Pentium 2020M compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Xeon Platinum 8160M)
SocketFCPGA988
Thermal design power (TDP)35 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Pentium 2020M. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2
AES-NI-
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
My WiFi+
Turbo Boost Technology-
Hyper-Threading Technology-
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring+
Flex Memory Access+
Demand Based Switching-
FDI+
Fast Memory Access+

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT-
EDB+
Anti-Theft-

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-d-
VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Pentium 2020M's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3of 5600 (Ryzen 9 7940HS)
Maximum memory size32 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels2of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth25.6 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Pentium 2020M.

Integrated graphics cardIntel® HD Graphics for 3rd Generation Intel® Processors
Quick Sync Video-
Clear Video-
Clear Video HD-
Graphics max frequency1.1 GHz
InTru 3D-

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Pentium 2020M's integrated GPU.

Number of displays supported3
eDP+
DisplayPort+
HDMI+
SDVO+
CRT+

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2.0of 5 (Core i9-13950HX)
PCI Express lanes16of 128 (EPYC 7401)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Pentium 2020M. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Pentium 2020M 7.90
  • Passmark
  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
  • 3DMark06 CPU
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core
  • TrueCrypt AES
  • WinRAR 4.0
  • x264 encoding pass 2
  • x264 encoding pass 1
  • Geekbench 2

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 67%

Pentium 2020M 1370

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Pentium 2020M 441

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 37%

Pentium 2020M 816

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

Benchmark coverage: 20%

Pentium 2020M 3299

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Pentium 2020M 6312

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

Benchmark coverage: 19%

Pentium 2020M 2449

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

Pentium 2020M 2

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Pentium 2020M 1

TrueCrypt AES

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

Pentium 2020M 0

WinRAR 4.0

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

Benchmark coverage: 12%

Pentium 2020M 1388

x264 encoding pass 2

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

Benchmark coverage: 12%

Pentium 2020M 11

x264 encoding pass 1

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

Benchmark coverage: 12%

Pentium 2020M 61

Geekbench 2

Benchmark coverage: 5%

Pentium 2020M 4060

Is Pentium 2020M good for gaming?

Relative perfomance

Overall Pentium 2020M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.


AMD A8-5557M 101.01
AMD A10-5757M 100.63
Intel Pentium 2020M 100

Pentium 2020M AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Pentium 2020M from AMD is Turion II P540, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to Pentium 2020M:

AMD A8-5557M 101.01
AMD A10-5757M 100.63
Intel Pentium 2020M 100

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Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Best GPUs for Pentium 2020M

People consider these graphics cards to be good for Pentium 2020M, according to our PC configuration statistics.

These are the fastest graphics cards for Pentium 2020M in our user configuration statistics. There is a total of 4340 configurations based on Pentium 2020M in our database.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 4090
0.2% (9/4340)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
0.2% (8/4340)
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT
0.02% (1/4340)
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT Radeon RX 7900 XT
0.02% (1/4340)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
0.2% (10/4340)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GeForce RTX 3090
0.3% (13/4340)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GeForce RTX 3080
0.02% (1/4340)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
0.07% (3/4340)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
0.02% (1/4340)
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT Radeon RX 6700 XT
0.02% (1/4340)

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