Average Bench: 33.4% (501st of 1182)

Based on 36,560 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000206A7, 0000000000000000 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 23%Average: 33.4% Great: 37%
Gaming
Gaming 33%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 48%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 21%
Surfboard

Poor average bench

The Intel Core i3-2120 averaged 66.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 79Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 138Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i3-2120 is just 14.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i3-2120 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 204Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 203Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 36,560 samples)
Min Avg Max
54.8 1-Core 79 86.9
95.4 2-Core 138 168
52.2% 109 Pts
Min Avg Max
124 4-Core 199 223
141 8-Core 203 223
27.4% 201 Pts
Min Avg Max
153 64-Core 204 224
13.7% 204 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 86.7
2-Core 151
57% 119 Pts
4-Core 223
8-Core 222
30% 222 Pts
64-Core 221
15% 221 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 86.2
2-Core 142
55% 114 Pts
4-Core 221
8-Core 215
30% 218 Pts
64-Core 217
14% 217 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 85.2
2-Core 132
53% 109 Pts
4-Core 220
8-Core 216
30% 218 Pts
64-Core 218
15% 218 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 85.2
2-Core 173
61% 129 Pts
4-Core 212
8-Core 216
29% 214 Pts
64-Core 222
15% 222 Pts
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 70.6
2-Core 137
49% 104 Pts
4-Core 201
8-Core 207
28% 204 Pts
64-Core 205
14% 205 Pts
LGA1155, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 75
2-Core 120
48% 97.4 Pts
4-Core 184
8-Core 189
25% 187 Pts
64-Core 193
13% 193 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
1-Core 57.5
2-Core 104
39% 81 Pts
4-Core 174
8-Core 177
24% 176 Pts
64-Core 195
13% 195 Pts
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Typical Core i3-2120 Builds (Compare 4,870 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 11%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 41%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 390

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 37% - Below average Total price: $164

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i3-2120 Processor (3M Cache, 3.30 GHz)
Code NameSandy Bridge
Launch DateQ1'11
Processor Numberi3-2120
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Cache3 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options AvailableYes
Lithography32 nm
Recommended Price$113.00 - $120.00
Clock Speed3.3 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI
Max TDP65 W

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency850 MHz
Wireless DisplayNo
# of Displays Supported2
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.1 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3 1066/1333
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth21 GB/s

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision2.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsNo

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost TechNo
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)No
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Fast Memory AccessYes
Flex Memory AccessYes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1155

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

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Poor

13 months ago.

Good for everyday use such as internet browsing but it's trash for gaming, GTA V, Battlefield 1 barely playable, even with gtx 960 4gb on low-med settings, 20-30 FPS in most cases, bottlenecks the gpu.


Good

28 days ago.

is more aster, may be is so old but is powerful


Poor

2 months ago.

The i3-2120 is a very old CPU at this point. Whilst capable of simple tasks like web browsing and videos the weight of ageing has hit it hard with newer software running more slowly. With only 2 cores it doesn't handle multitasking very well and is also an extremely poor choice for more modern gaming. Though if you're not doing anything but light usage it's okay, but you can almost definitely find something better for the same price.


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